I started practicing yoga around 15 years ago, hoping it would help me manage a chronic back problem. It did just that, and so much more. As I became stronger and more flexible from practising the physical postures (asanas), the discomfort of day to day back pain began to lessen, and the episodes which prevented me living a full life became few and far between, and have now stopped.
As I continued to practice yoga I realised that the physical practices familiar to us in the west are only one aspect of this ancient practice. I became particularly fascinated with the practice of meditation, the physiological impact this has on us, and how this can help us in our daily life. Studying meditation under the guidance of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in beautiful South Wales seemed a logical next step. I subsequently completed teacher training at the ashram. The ashram’s teacher training course is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), the largest yoga organisation in the UK. The BWY is recognised for providing good quality teacher training courses, and all BWY teachers are insured.