My introduction to Yoga came in 1999 when I learnt Transcendental Meditation with local TM teacher Chris Greathead the following year I started posture work in Iyengar Yoga and within a few months was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga by Buddhist Yogi Sudaka who was a great influence. My first teaching diploma in 2004 was with Brian Cooper who I have also done additional workshops with and I am currently certified at 500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance UK. I’ve studied with numerous international teachers to gain insight into the various approaches to Yoga so that this can then be related to students in a supportive way that suits the needs of the individual. I have respect for all methods and find there is no right or wrong way it’s all relevant towards one’s path. My main practice for over 10 years was Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Brian Cooper and Sri V Sheshadri in Mysore being my two main teachers and influences. I teach my own approach to sequencing of postures based on my experience of Yoga and Thai massage whilst incorporating the broader and more traditional ‘tools’ of Hatha Yoga of which all modern approaches are based around. I also have an additional 200 hour diploma gained from the Patanjali International Yoga Foundation studying traditional Yoga practices following the teachings of Dr Jitendara Das and have completed the Heart of Yoga programme at the Krishnamacharya Healing Foundation. To broaden my knowledge of Yoga philosophy I have also studied with Georg Feuersteins Traditional Yoga Studies school and hold a 250 hour diploma in classical Yoga. After 7 years of teaching in 2011 I took a year off to travel around India and Asia in which I did additional training in Yoga and Thai massage studying with some great teachers which enabled me to deepen my own Yoga practice and massage skills. I also visited many famous spiritual landmarks and temples in India Thailand Cambodia Laos Myanmar and completed Vipassana Meditation retreats all of which contributed to a transformative journey. My Thai Massage training was gained through various visits to Chiang Mai Thailand over the past few years which is associated with Northern style which is based on more stretching movements with less pressure. I am also a member of Thai Healing Alliance International a professional organization which endorses standards of traditional Thai therapy throughout the world.
My introduction to Yoga came in 1999 when I learnt Transcendental Meditation with local TM teacher Chris Greathead the following year I started posture work in Iyengar Yoga and within a few months was... more›
About David Atkinson
- Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours, Yoga Alliance UK
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