I’m Sean a recently qualified Yoga Teacher based in Norwich, UK.
Who Am I
My introduction to Yoga is a vague memory. I remember taking part in Ashtanga workshop with Hayley Winter and its likely that I was attracted to the hype around the term Power / Dynamic yoga tagged to it at the time. Sure enough I discovered a challenging session along with strange looking veggie food at break time! I never would have imagined back then in the hazy mid to late 90s that I would eventually be practicing Yoga more than pumping weights.
Around that time I began my career in the fitness industry with an undergraduate focus on fitness & health. On graduation I worked at health clubs providing 1-1 fitness instruction along with adult group exercise classes. I progressed to shuffling paper behind a desk and never forget the difficulty I often had trying to source Yoga teachers for the health club class timetable.
I walked away from the stress of regarding members as units by choosing to became a self-employed Personal Trainer while continuing with group exercise. As for Yoga, I dabbled occasionally and used my own interpretation at the end of kickboxing classes – ‘good stretching for flexibility’ was the motto!
More recently, over the last 3-4years (2010+) my interest grew. I began with DVDs and locally attended classes at the Oriental Arts centre, gaining inspiration from Joss Guin and great 1-1 tuition from Barbara Ives (Yoga Norfolk) before signing up for a teacher training class with Abby Hoffmann in 2012. At this stage I enjoyed practising Yoga asana or poses but hadn’t delved into the philosophy, theory or history.
Although I had seen several fitness related Yoga courses I wanted more depth from what a fast-track course could offer. After some deliberation I signed up and began studying.
I soon discovered a rich spiritual background which helped put into context the myths, traditions and esoteric beliefs. Some of my own prejudice towards what I considered the airy-fairiness was challenged.
I soon realised and accepted that,
Yoga is certainly more than just stretching.
Today, simple Yoga practice is part of my life although I do not follow a traditional Yogic lifestyle. It’s perhaps not surprising that I blend my background of anatomy and physiology with the physical side of Yoga, however, I enjoy the space and state of calm created by the synchronicity of focused awareness, breath and movement.
I’m particularly passionate about the ability to ‘tune’ into the body with no weights or gimmicks – just checking in with how each part of your body feels and subtly responds to each movement.
In a hectic, secular electronic world the need for a physical and mental pit-stop is needed more than ever. Mindfulness may currently be fashionable but in these times I consider it essential along with learning to fully relax using meditation and breathing techniques.
Movement, Breath & Conscious Awareness or Mindfulness are my focus and interpretation of this ancient system.
This is what I try to share in my practice sessions and classes.
Hopefully I can inspire you too :-)