ABOUT MARY, PURPLE PALM YOGA TEACHER

_MG_8706Long been a devotee of varied, vigorous exercise for the body and a keen reader of self-help/health books for the mind, I guess it was only a matter of time before yoga found me. Though it had long been in my peripherals, I consciously chose to dodge it for as long as I could as instinctively I knew it was something a lot deeper than just another sport or exercise fad. Until one day at my gym in Sydney, a last minute cancellation of Bodybump forced me to reconsider options, so I tried this elusive “Yoga” and instantly loved it as the class left me feeling charged but strangely super chilled.

It wasn’t until I moved to London 5 years later that I really felt the holistic benefits of a regular practice; while working in a manic marketing role it helped me keep anchored and sane while everything else was spinning around me; neutralising the heavy bouts of anxiety that work induced. Monday night sessions became my saving grace, the whole week I would look forward to that 6pm class until the obsession kicked in and I tried as many yoga studios, teachers and styles as possible; learning loads along the way.The next natural step was the desire to be a yoga teacher, searching high and low for the right school, style and lead teachers was a daunting task in itself but the choice to train with Sunrayoga school based between London and Sinai was one I never regret. After completing my 200 hour teacher training in 2011 in Egypt – the motherland- my mother’s home land, the country had an intense pull on me, so I relocated there six months later and began teaching yoga to locals, expats, Bedouin and Egyptian women on the mat and in the desert, which can only be described as an enlightening experience.

In 2014 upon returning to London, I went on to complete an 80 hour teacher training with Cherie of Yogamama and her fab team. Now teaching private pregnant classes as well as diverse weekly group classes around London. I do aim to bring yoga to everyone as I believe in the healing and transformative benefits on body, mind and spirit.

ABOUT YOGA

Yoga means to yoke or to unite in Sanskrit. This could be interpreted to mean Unity of body and mind, ying and yang, dark and light or possibly the Divine with the human. To allow oneself to become more whole and mindful in this process. Yoga is a powerful tool for this unity on whatever level you may be coming in at; a tool to help you realise your true potential, a tool that helps you calm and collect your monkey mind, moving away from thinking and into feeling through the natural intuition and intelligence of the body. It’s a tool to help rid yourself of old defeating habits and behaviours that no longer serve you and learn to replace with new ones that do. Its a tool to help heighten your self awareness which leads internally to self love and externally to less judgement, more compassion and a very strong felt sense of interconnectedness with all beings

Yes it is also a tool to help you get more toned, flexible, stable, strong and centred than you’ve ever been in your life, but ultimately it is a science.Think of it like an internal GPS system guiding you to become the very best version of yourself. The route can be fast tracked with commitment or you can take the slow scenic route; Yoga can be totally superficial or as deep as you want it to be, its your journey into a united you.

There are Eight limbs (Astanga) of yoga radiating from a central core,which consist of the following:

Yamas and Niyamas: Ten ethical precepts that allow us to be at peace with ourselves, our family, and our community.

Asanas: Dynamic internal dances in the form of physical postures. These help to keep the body flexible, strong, grounded and calm which in turn is mirrored in the mind. Their practice strengthens the nervous system creating a place where we can rediscover our inner stillness under all the layers of noise.

Pranayama: Roughly defined as breathing practices, and more specifically defined as practices that help us to develop constancy in the movement of prana, or life force.

Pratyahara: The drawing of one’s attention toward silence rather than toward things.

Dharana: Focusing attention and cultivating inner perceptual awareness.

Dhyana: Maintaining internal awareness under all external conditions.

Samadhi: The return of the mind into original silence.