I really discovered yoga at BYC, so it has always been my yoga home.
I tried a couple of classes here and there, but nothing else made me feel so connected, embodied and alive! The studio, with Helen at the helm, was and continues to be a place of wellbeing, friendship and discovery.
Once I’d fallen in love with the yoga, I began to work on the reception desk and, as the studio grew, I was there more and more. As BYC has developed and expanded, I’ve had many roles at the studio, eventually becoming a manager and then having the opportunity to go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in LA.
There are so many inspiring and dedicated teachers at BYC, it was a great privilege to join them. The training is gruelling, but I really learnt to become a teacher after returning to my yoga home. I learnt from the students, who so often overcome great obstacles to nurture their practice and give it their all. I learnt from the senior teachers, with decades of experience between them.
As the studio evolved, so did the practices we offer and so I continued my training with a course in Yoga Nidra Meditation in Stroud, with Uma DInsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli. It was a revelation to balance the physical intensity of Hot Yoga with the ultimate of restorative practises, and, soon after that, Laura introduced our community to Yin Yoga. I followed in her footsteps and I went to train with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts at Semperviva in Vancouver, with the addition of Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach via Pranamaya.com.
All these disciplines work so well together; they complement and support each other and they continue to teach me so much. Now I’m mainly at the studio in the capacity of teacher, but the studio is such a collective that I feel, whatever your role happens to be at the time – teacher, student, receptionist, manager – the goal is to keep the community buzzing with the health-giving benefits of all these practices.
As a Child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Always an actor. Never anything else. It surprises me even now that I’m also a bikram teacher, but the two jobs have their similarities. Actors transform time and space and, once they’ve told their story, leave you richer with perhaps a new perspective and a greater understanding of something, someone or yourself. Practising yoga is also about evolving as a person, having new insight into yourself, freeing yourself from old ideas.
How did you come to Bikram Yoga?
Friends. Always the best way to discover anything. Fed had gone home to visit his folks and I was at a loose end. So I walked up the stairs and asked to do just one class. The lady behind reception asked if I wanted to do the intro offer and I said I wasn’t sure I had time and she said that it was funny that once you discovered bikram yoga you sort of made the time. I wasn’t convinced – till 90 minutes later!
At the moment Iren’s rawbonbons!
Super Power – What would you choose?
Enlightenment. Presence. Surely there is little else more powerful than these things.
Your Perfect Day?
Making films with Fed. He always writes interesting people for me to play and it’s always loads of fun.