Welcome to my Yoga Journey,
If you’re new to Yoga or simply curious about the person guiding your practice, allow me to share a bit about my background. My Yoga journey began in 1991, a transformative decision made around the age of 30. Since 1999, I’ve had the privilege of not only practicing but also sharing the wisdom of Yoga through teaching.
My Yoga journey commenced in 1991, when I was nearly 30 years old, starting with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Raffi, a local instructor near East Grinstead. This initial phase laid the foundation for my exploration of Yoga. Subsequently, since 2001, my path led me to Mysore, India, where I had the privilege of studying Hatha Yoga under the esteemed tutelage of Acharya Venkatesha and Acharye Hema. The teachings from both phases have significantly shaped my understanding and practice of Yoga. I express deep gratitude to Raffi for the beginnings and to Acharya Venkatesha and Acharye Hema for the continued enrichment of my journey. Over the years, my journey expanded into various Yoga disciplines, including Kundalini, Yin, pregnancy, restorative, Yoga for trauma, Yoga therapy, and KundaDance. Additionally, I’ve trained in numerous holistic therapies, including Thai Yoga massage.
Beyond the realm of Yoga, my professional journey has been woven into the care sector, both in the community and residential settings, aiding children and adults requiring short or long-term support due to disability, illness, recovery, fragility, and abuse. I continue to offer end-of-life and respite live-in care.
My teaching philosophy has evolved, emphasizing relaxed, non-competitive classes and personalised sessions suitable for all, including complete beginners. I understand the trepidation that can accompany starting something new, particularly as we age. While Yoga might initially seem like navigating unfamiliar poses, I believe it’s a journey toward finding comfort and ease with our present selves. Witnessing students achieve simple yet impactful milestones, like effortlessly putting on socks, brings me immense joy.
So, am I the right teacher for you? If you seek advanced poses and hand balances, perhaps not anymore. My daughter Sam, a brilliant teacher, might align better with your aspirations. However, if you’re in search of a class to alleviate stress and tension, cater to sports-related muscle tightness, offer precious ‘me time,’ or support various challenges such as addiction recovery or physical discomfort, then yes, I could be the right fit.
To truly discover if we resonate, maybe consider trying a class or a few 1-1 sessions with me. If group settings feel overwhelming, starting with private sessions or joining a class via Zoom from the comfort of your home might be an ideal beginning.
Since 2002, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching on Yoga holidays across many wonderful locations, fostering a holistic approach to well-being. Frequent returns to India to study with my revered teachers have deepened my practice, now leaning more toward Yogic philosophy and Meditation. My connection with a Buddhist community in Brighton further contributes to the harmony and balance that Yoga and Buddhism bring to my daily life.
My teaching philosophy revolves around embracing all abilities. It’s not about where you are in a posture; rather, it’s about how you are inside, in that moment. Focusing on breath, quieting the mind, releasing tension, and being present—these are the essences of my classes. To find contentment, peace, and draw closer to stillness—this is what matters to me and what I strive to share with you through Yoga.
Feel free to drop into my classes, and if you’re a frequent participant, explore the cost-effective option of a monthly membership, details here. For those seeking personalised attention, I specialise in 1-1 yoga sessions conducted in the comfort of your home. These tailor-made sessions aim to meet your specific needs.
For those with a sincere desire to delve deeper into the ocean of Yoga, I’ve been running Teacher Training courses since 2019. These courses cater to individuals wishing to enhance their practice or pursue a path toward teaching.
On a personal note, I am blessed with three wonderful children, six beautiful grandchildren, and one precious great-granddaughter, each a source of profound learning.
For inquiries and further information, please email me at Jody@YogaAkasha.co.uk.
Thank you for considering joining me on this transformative journey.