Offering yoga classes to people who find it all a bit intimidating…
do not harm; do not injure
Lisa Edwards – yoga teacher
Yoga doesn’t just keep your body fit and toned, it is ‘moving meditation’. It calms and frees the mind and leads you towards your true nature which is joy. It has the power to change lives – it changed mine and I hope it does the same for you. Everyone is good enough.
Originally from North Wales, I live in west London and work as a freelance editor, writer and yoga teacher. I spend some of my year in Goa, where I completed my yoga teacher training in May 2019 (ashtanga & vinyasa RYT 200)
my yoga philosophy
I practice an ‘ahimsa’ approach to yoga – ‘non-violence’. Central to the philosophy behind yoga, ahimsa means I encourage students to modify poses if they need to and to be kind to their bodies. Yoga is more than a workout, it is a life choice. Every body is enough.
My classes are vinyasa flow-based (vinyasa means ‘movement with breath’ and classes use linked sequences of movement called ‘flows’.) I also include some key poses from Ashtanga series one, which is the foundation of the vinyasa method. Emphasis is given to a safe practice, modified to capability.
My journey working with the body began as a ballet teacher in North Wales (British Ballet Organisation) teaching students from 3 to 18. I went on to complete a first-class degree in contemporary dance at Roehampton University where I studied Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Doris Humphrey techniques. It was there that I became fascinated by the connection between breath and movement, but I hadn’t yet realised that these masters of modern dance had borrowed much from the world of yoga.
I danced (not professionally) at advanced level for many years before discovering yoga two years ago in India and realising that I had been unwittingly practicing it as part of my dance training. We just didn’t call it Downward Dog! This led me to throw myself passionately into the practice and I ended up completing my 200 hour training in May 2019 at Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa.
After throwing myself a little too much into practice I injured my shoulder and discovered the concept of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence) and its centrality to yoga practice. I had hurt my body by over practice and incorrect practice and I learned that I needed to be kind to my body and let it heal.
As a result I am an Ahimsa teacher who will encourage students to treat their bodies with kindness. Even with my dance training I am not as flexible as other people so I have to work with modified poses. I will bring the knowledge I’ve gained through modification to help people who are nervous of joining a yoga class because they think they’re not good enough.