We usually teach lots of yoga classes in Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset - but the extraordinary events of 2020 have inspired us to think of more flexible ways to share our yoga practice with you:
- Livestream yoga classes via a video link to your computer, smart phone or tablet.
- Video practice guides, fitting 15 minutes of yoga into your day with as much freedom as possible.
- One-to-one yoga tuition either via a video link to your computer, smart phone or tablet or appropriately socially distanced in our yoga studio
About our classes
We welcome all levels of yoga experience, including absolute beginners as well as those with many years practice, with each person practicing according to their own ability and advancing at their own rate. Our classes bring together the flow, alignment and core stability of ashtanga yoga (primary, intermediate and advanced series) with further breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques to create a dynamic and restorative yoga practice. This practice helps to align the body and spine, to improve concentration and to build strength, flexibility and balance. We are both Senior Yoga Teachers registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. As your yoga teacher, our role is to enable you to develop a beneficial and safe practice appropriate to your own ability and aims and to guide you in building your own personal yoga practice.
About ashtanga yoga
Ashtanga is a refined system of therapeutic yoga postures. Each position is linked to the next through a series of flowing movements called ‘vinyasa’. Postures and vinyasa are woven together by rhythmical breathing, creating a dynamic, purifying yoga sequence, revitalising the body and leaving the mind focused and vibrant. Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga was developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois under the tutelage of Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India. In the 1970's Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams were among the first westerners to study ashtanga yoga with Pattabhi Jois in India and they were instrumental in introducing ashtanga yoga to the USA and then to the wider world, especially through one of their earliest students, Danny Paradise, musician, world traveller and yogi. Traditionally, the physical practice of yoga (asana postures , pranayama breath control) develops the discipline, focus and stamina required for increasingly profound meditation. It can also be a valuable end itself for general fitness and wellbeing or for remedial purposes after injury or illness. A novice yoga practitioner soon feels the effect that this practice has on their body and in turn their overall sense of wellbeing.
Daniel and Olivia are both Senior Yoga Teachers (SYT)with over 25 years experience, registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals. This mark of excellence is the highest level of accreditation and demonstrates rigorous standards of yoga training and practice. Daniel and Olivia are certified to teach yoga classes, workshops, CPD training and yoga teacher training courses.
Daniel is also a registered osteopath (GOsC) with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost). In addition, Daniel is trained in Osteothai, a form of bodywork which integrates traditional thai yoga massage and osteopathic principles.