Laurence Elliott07951 884103|
Yoga is core to my life, and I am deeply grateful for discovering this practice in my early twenties. My desire is that yoga will empower you on your life’s journey and provide you with tools to help realise your own creative potential.
Movement practices provide a much needed balance to our increasingly busy, stressful, and static lifestyles. I teach a dynamic vinyasa practice, combining the smart sequencing found in the Ashtanga and contemporary vinyasa traditions with the precise alignment born out of the Iyengar tradition and modern functional anatomy. Classes are focused on the coordination of breath and movement, balancing effortful postures with opportunities to deeply relax and let go.
I draw on my own yoga practice as inspiration for my teaching. Practice is different every day, some days it flows effortlessly, other days it does not! Each time I come to my mat is an opportunity to be fully with my present experience and to practice (and live!) from this place. Stepping on to my mat is a metaphor to commit more fully to what matters most to me, and to actualising this vision.
I first encountered yoga at an Ashtanga Vinyasa school in Oregon, USA. It was love at first sight. I felt uplifted, centred, peaceful and very very alive, and committed to daily practise of this precise and demanding form. Since returning home I have deepened my studies with Christopher Gladwell and Sarah Harlow at Yogasara. Other influential teachers include Richard Freeman, Clive Sheridan and Anna Ashby as well as the somatic approaches of Feldenkrais and Body Mind Centering. I completed my teacher training with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand – an Ashtanga based training with a focus on pranayama (breathing practices).
I was introduced to meditation and self-inquiry at a young age by my parents, who were immersed in the teachings of a Sufi based spiritual school, and have continued this exploration in earnest, seeking out the wisdom of modern seers. I am inspired by life-affirming Tantric philosophy and the non-dual teachings of the Advaita and Dzogchen schools of India and Tibet.
I love to dance – Contact Improvisation, 5 Rhythms and Movement Medicine – and I bring in this focus on creativity and self-expression into my classes.
I am a Yoga Alliance registered teacher (RYT 200).
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