My Ashtanga journey started in 2013 after many years of internal searching. I had been on a holiday to Morocco, which I had embarked on with the intention of turning a new leaf. Upon returning to England, I made the decision to attend one yoga class a day for one week, to mark a change, and to push myself to form new shapes in my life. Though this was a simple decision I had the sense that it could be life changing. I had practiced various styles of yoga (though never Ashtanga) on and off for the previous eight years so I already had a deep love and respect for the ancient practice.
During that fateful week I attended an evening Ashtanga Vinyasa led class & instantly fell in love with the practice. After a few months of attending evening classes, my teacher at the time informed me that he also held 'Mysore style' classes early in the mornings, where students practice the series individually & at their own pace, without the verbal lead of the teacher. As terrifying as this seemed, one morning I took the plunge, arose at 4.00 am and made my way across London to attend my first morning Mysore class. It is difficult to express in words the feelings I experienced during that practice, though I can say it felt like a 'coming home'. Needless to say I never looked back and have had a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice since.
I believe the practice of Yoga is an ever unfolding and expanding journey, but in the few years that I have been practicing Ashatnga I have seen phenomenal internal, and, as a result, external transformations. I believe Ashtanga Yoga is a gift and tool, that when done with good intent, heart, and patience can lead a person on a path of deep self discovery & positively effect physical, mental and spiritual health. Yoga can give equal strength and flexibility both physically & mentally so we are able to navigate through life with more grace.
In the 2016 I decided to follow my heart and take myself to Mysore in India (where Ashtanga Yoga originates, as taught by Krishnamacharya). There I found my teacher, Chidananda MV who has been practising since the age of 8 and teaching since the age of 16. I spent almost a year under his teaching, guidance and support. I completed my teacher training with Chidananda MV in June 2017.
Chidananda was initiated into yoga at the age of eight by his father Sri S V VENKATESHAIAH who is also an accomplished yoga teacher. Sri Chidananda has been practicing yoga for the last 27 years under the guidance of his father Sri S V VENKATESHAIAH, Shankar Narayan Jois and Guru BNS Iyengar who is a disciple of Sri T Krishnamacharya. For anyone looking to travel to India to deepen their practice I cannot recommend Chidananda MV enough. He teaches with heart and his years of experience and knowledge of the practice can be felt in many ways.
With thanks to Chidananda I feel blessed to be able to share the gift of Ashtanga Yoga with others & I hope to see you in class.