Richard has studied yoga for over 15 years, in a variety of styles which have led him to his own style of teaching. He has had many careers, and yoga has helped him to tie them all together while following his own path. He qualified as an RYT 200 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance last year at Shiva Yoga Peeth, Rishikesh, India after a month’s intensive course. He uses his knowledge to adapt poses and practices to individual students’ needs, and his classes reflect the prevailing mood at the time of year. He appreciates that many people have busy lives, and fitting yoga into this can be a challenge. Finding ways of incorporating yoga into our daily routines has become a passion for Richard, and he enjoys sharing these in his classes.
Body, Breath and Being is a focussed class, where the emphasis is always on the breath. After a period of reflection and intention setting, there are yoga asanas, poses, to open and stretch the body, particularly the chest area, in preparation for yogic breathing. Yogic breathing, or pranayama involves many techniques to control the breathing in ways which can be invigorating or relaxing. This, in turn, prepares the mind for the final meditation, where the mind is asked to concentrate upon a certain stimulus and is regarded as one of the highest practices in yoga. Each class finishes with a relaxation leaving the mind fresh to re-enter daily life.