Who am I?
I achieved a degree in Computer Science and Economics at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa in 1984. After a number of years working in computers, primarily in software development, I decided to pursue a long standing interest in healing.
I achieved a diploma in both naturopathy and osteopathy in 1996 – from the College of Osteopaths in London after seven years of part time study. The problems that I saw as an osteopath, and the factors underlying those problems, reinforced for me the value of the principles of yoga.
I have been involved with the principles of yoga for over 40 years, influenced by many traditions and people including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Shadow Yoga, Surat Shabd Yoga, “Scaravelli inspired” and the Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga of Sadie Nardini.
I started my journey of teaching in the 1980s in the Iyengar tradition and achieved a Yoga Teacher Training diploma through the British Wheel of Yoga in 2001. I have done additional training in Pranayama in 2004 with Philip Xerri, and Yoga History & Philosophy with Peter Connolly in 2009/2010. In addition, my yoga practice and teaching have been influenced by my training in osteopathy, naturopathy, cranial osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and time in India.
Most recently I have been developing an AntiFragility Yoga. This is coming out of principles I encountered in Osteopathy and naturopathy, years of exploring yoga and my own aging. I am finding I can do things now in my late 50’s that I could not do in my 20’s and 30’s. What I am doing now has a significant thread of “toughening up”. I am working toward being strong and robust in my old age, working towards a physical body that can handle what life throws at you. Ageing does not necessarily mean becoming frail. Frailty is all too often a consequence of activities that are not strength-inducing, a consequence of life choices.