Yoga - bringing the body, mind and spirit into harmony and balance.

 

About me

Hi,

my name is Maxine and I am a fully qualified Yoga teacher, I have been teaching Hatha Yoga with the emphasis on mindfully moving the body with the breath, since 2004.

I qualified  with the Comprehensive Yoga Fellowship and the British Wheel of Yoga. I am also a teacher for Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs. I have also undertaken several trainings in Mindfulness, in Meditation and in Hannah Somatics. I have a first aid certificate, a current CRB certificate and have full personal liability insurance.

I have taught with the  Local Education Authorities and currently teach a variety of Yoga classes ranging from beginners Yoga and mixed ability classes to corporate Yoga classes.
I  teach Yoga on a one to one basis and teach the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs 12 week courses, in and around North Staffordshire. (see the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs page for more information)

Although in my teaching I have been influenced by many teachers, including T.K.V. Desikachar and Gary Kraftsow, (Viniyoga) for the co-ordination of body and breath. Julie Gudmestad (Iyengar Yoga) for alignment principles of the Yoga asanas, Sri Swami Satchidananda ( Integral Yoga) for the developement of the individual on a physical, mental and spiritual level, and Sharon Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti Yoga) for the physical challenge of asanas in combination with the spiritual teachings of Yoga in a modern day setting. I am not tied to any one style.

More recently I have been influenced by Gabor Mate, Irene Lyons and Dr Stephen Porges none of these are Yoga teachers but their work makes so much sense and practices we do in Yoga are now being being backed by science.   

My style has changed over the years and I use what speaks to me, what has worked for me over time, and what I have learnt from my own practice. I have also been exploring the movements of Hannah Somatics and how it complements my Yoga practice perfectly. 

My own practice is constantly evolving and I find that in my classes I am slowing down, incorporating mindfulness and compassion, creating the conditions for the body to heal itself. Connecting with the body at the level of  the nervous system, to notice, moment by moment, what it is that we are feeling, what sensations are present, accepting what is there with kindness and curiosity, without wanting things to be different. It is in this place that we can then chose to move differently should we wish to do so.  I believe that small daily actions in the right direction have the biggest impact. Its what we do and how we think on a daily basis that affects our body and mind the most. So Yoga becomes a way of life.   

Yoga is so much more than just an exercise system, it is an ancient practice originating from India that encourages awareness, promotes wellness, personal developement and healing on so many different levels. For me Yoga is  a state of being, a way of life, a living philosophy, a journey of learning, growing, developing that guides me through life every step of the way.  It is a tool box that I can dip into at any time of my life to help me to cope with whatever life puts in my path..

 

As B K S Iyengar says "Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame."

 

Please enjoy my website.

Namaste,

Namaste meaning -The love and light in me recognises and bows to the love and light in you

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Om peace, peace, peace

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