I've been teaching yoga since 1996 and teach an amalgamation of styles and call what I teach Dynamic Hatha Yoga. I'm currently teaching private classes only for small groups or individuals at their homes.
My teaching is influenced by my years of experience as a dance teacher (and the Western wisdom of warming up the body before challenging it). Classes are physically challenging, working on flexibility, strength, stamina and mental focus.
Most classes have the same basic structure (see below) but every class is slightly different as I take into consideration who is there and what their needs and capabilities are. I will always give options so that you can work to whatever level suits you on that day, but I will always encourage you to work as hard as you can (whilst listening to your body and never forcing it).
My classes tend to be popular with people who who want a demanding workout (especially the men who arrive thinking yoga is easy & leave saying 'wow, I didn't expect to work so hard!). That being said, I always offer options so that if you don't want to work so hard you don't have to!
Here’s what some of my students have said about my classes:
He’s the best teacher I’ve ever had. – Marianne Barlow
Still the best I’ve ever had – his classes are the only reason I would ever move back to London! – David Ball
Amazing. Simply amazing. He keeps me sane. – Scott Herron
I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to yoga. You make it fun and I always feel so much better after class, especially on those days when I feel like it's the last thing I want to do. I always force myself to come because I know it'll make me feel better! – Sonya Ball
I usually start and finish the class in the same way and vary the content in the middle. Part of the reason for this is so that it's harder for you to come to class and simply operate on 'auto-pilot' - I want you to be constantly aware of what you're doing and how you're doing it. I also like to have fun - laughter is encouraged amidst the concentration - laughing is a great way to bring yourself into the present moment.
Focus/Awakening your senses to bring you into the present moment
Warm up to raise your core temperature and wake up your muscles
Class will usually include vinyasa (flowing movement sequences), asana (held postures) and, throughout the class, pranayama (conscious breathing). Most classes will always include elements of stretching, strengthening, twisting, stimulating internal organs and balance exercises.
A final short reawakening of body, mind and breath
Fun Fact: People often say that they do Hatha Yoga thinking that Hatha describes the style of yoga they do, but in fact, ALL physical yoga is Hatha Yoga. There are six of paths to 'awareness', through your body (Hatha), your intellect/mind/study (Jnana) , service to others (Karma), chanting/sound (Mantra), surrender/letting go/detachment (Bhakti) and meditation/contemplation (Raja).