Gomukhasana – from the Sanskrit words Gow (गो, Go) meaning “cow”, Mukha (मुख, mukha) meaning “face” or “mouth”. This pose is miraculous for my hips and sacral iliac joint.
Why did you start doing yoga?
When I was 18 years old I was studying at art school and I was struggling with the long hours of sitting, eventually, my drawing teacher got tired of seeing me in pain and suggested I go to yoga. I never looked back.
Why did you become a teacher?
After discovering how to connect to my body in yoga, I became devoted to practicing the art form. My teacher invited me to become his apprentice. This would be a four-year commitment, 8hrs a day, 11 months a year. I balked! I was only 19 years old and felt afraid of the commitment. I decided I needed to go and see the world and travelled for 3months in Europe. I thought about my teacher’s invitation every day and reflected on how his teachings had changed my life. The week I returned, I knocked on my teacher’s door again. I was ready to begin.
How do you describe your teaching style?
I hope to teach in a way that allows people to find their own style and grace; I aim to direct guidance to provide safe options for different bodies; to encourage people how to listen to their body; and to offer education on the sensations and quality of biomechanically efficient movement and breath. The most important aspect for me is to create an atmosphere where a person has the opportunity to build trust and connection with their body and the world around them.
What has yoga taught you?
That all shall pass.
What do you want your students to know?
Yoga is for everyone.