Dee's Yoga Style

I am often asked what kind of yoga I practice and I am sometimes unsure of the correct answer to give to this question. The simple answer is ‘Hatha Yoga’ but that does not really cover the whole answer and I am aware that some of my yoga practices are not strictly Hatha and also that I do not use some practices that are part of the Hatha regime.

Yoga for me has evolved and continues to do so – as I believe it should for all students of yoga.

My original training was with teachers who were British Wheel trained and I myself have been trained by the British Wheel of Yoga as a Teacher of yoga. But there is far more to it than that. Both my own personal practice of yoga and my teaching of yoga are influenced by every new teacher that I come across in some way. Sometimes negatively and sometimes positively.

My body evolves, ages (unfortunately), changes physically and my abilities change, my mental and emotional life changes are also a part of this evolution – all these things affect and influence the style of yoga that I practice and teach.

I do not teach yoga practices that I have not practised myself, so this does limit my teaching but also enables me to teach safely and with personal awareness.

Attendance at various yoga seminars and my visit to the Mandala Yoga Ashram have given me insight to the Bihar School of Yoga and its practices. I use their book Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha as my main point of reference for yoga practices. And recently my physical body has been unwilling to allow me to do everything that I am asking my students to do. This has meant that I have learned to teach by description and learned to limit the amount of demonstration and “do with me”.

However, a few months ago, my voice became a problem and I had to rely on demonstrations and “do with me” teaching to enable my yoga classes to continue. Another interesting learning experience.

So, my style of yoga is an eclectic mix of various schools and theories, heavily influenced by both the British Wheel and the Bihar School but at the end of the day the yoga I teach and practice is how I interpret yoga for myself.

Yoga is for you and should be practised for yourself in a way that you find comfortable and acceptable. If you have a strong aversion to some practices you may find you do not want to include them in your practice at the present time. But don’t rule them out forever, as when the appropriate time comes they may reappear and be very useful to you in your development as a yogi – as and when you are ready to practice them or maybe have some reason to practice them.

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