About yoga & me

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 20 years (oh dear that sounds like a very long time) but I have more seriously engaged with it in the last 10 years (that sounds pretty long too).

During that time I've always studied yoga taught in the Iyengar tradition.  Having said that,  yoga is a vast and ancient practice of physical and spiritual self cultivation that is over 2000 years old.  The various "kinds" of yoga we hear about these days can be seen as various approaches or paths that people can take to explore this vast subject.  We are so lucky these days to have so much choice, making yoga so accessible to everyone.

What I like about the approach that BKS Iyengar has to yoga is his emphasis on alignment paralelled with a detailed and nuanced pedagogy that supports the student's increased awareness.  The Iyengars (both his daughter and son also teach) are also unflinching in their reference to the ancient yogic texts as the foundation to a pedagogy that they have been instrumental in bringing into the 21st century.

Yoga is a wonderful support to my life, which I could never have imagined, when I first started in my 20s.  No one tells you how a simple physical practice can quietly and without your knowing prise open the door into the mysteries of one's own existence.  No one talks about it because you start sounding a bit vague and esoteric, but I will simply say that whilst the body is a very real and concrete entry point to yoga it is but one of its many dimensions.

It's been a long journey and a relationship that has developed over time.  Like any relationship it has had its ups and downs.  I remember hearing somewhere - maybe on some radio show, that people are not so much interested in in each others achievements as their failures, their insurmountables, their struggles.  I believe that yoga's lessons are found in the struggle, and it has taught me to be grateful for what at first seems impossible in yoga and in my life.  I hope that my students will embrace their struggles as a gift and never envy another who seems to be "so flexible".

My wish for starting Robertson Yoga is to create a community around the practice of yoga. 

I attained certification as an Iyengar yoga teacher on the 12th October 2014 and did my training with Pixie Lillas at  the Balmain Iyengar Yoga Studio.

Robertson Yoga started in May 2012

last updated Oct 2015

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