Yoga / Yoga Teachers
Karunachitta is dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual well being that regular practise of yoga brings.
She teaches the classic Iyengar yoga and regularly attends sessions with well known teachers from the Iyengar Yoga Institute.
Her classes are precise, light and fun, reflecting her bright, positive personality. Expect to feel stretched, aligned, energized, steadier and calmer. She is also trained in administering Gong Baths (you can read more on her website) and paints semi-abstract impressions and memories in oils, which you can see more of here.
She teaches Level 1 and Level 2 courses on Monday evenings at the Centre.
Sarah has been practising yoga for 15 years and has completed a teacher training course based on the work of Vanda Scaravelli.
Anya completed the British Wheel of Yoga teacher training program and has been teaching yoga since 2009. She runs weekly classes, day long workshops and weekend retreats. She also teaches yoga on meditation retreats in Poland and the UK.
Yoga, for Anya, is a practice of developing awareness. Having a professional psychological background both enriches Anya`s yoga practice and gives her a deeper understanding of the role of relaxation in encouraging positive mental states.
Anya began practising yoga at about 1998 in Lublin, Poland where she studied psychology at the local university. Her first teacher, Leszek Mioduchowski, was trained in Iyengar yoga; his teachings are still source of inspiration for Anya.
Throughout her years in Poland, Anya practised with different teachers. In 2005 Anya came to live in the UK, where she has continued her development and discovered different traditions of yoga. In 2009 she became a member of the British Wheel of Yoga.
Suryadarshini (Andrea Campbell)
Suryadarshini has been practising yoga for over 11 years and teaches Bodhiyoga, a hatha yoga practice based firmly upon Buddhist principles and meditation. She encourages exploration of yoga postures and practice through kindness, mindfulness and receptivity.
She teaches drop-ins and workshops at the Centre.
She completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training with Sadhita and Sudaka, two Order members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who have over 40 years of yoga experience between them. Their approach of Bodhiyoga draws on the Buddha's Satipatthana teaching, and you can read more about this approach on their website here. By applying this teaching to traditional hatha yoga postures, yoga asana becomes a mindfulness practice.
Viprasanna (Derek Smith)
Viprasanna (Derek Smith) has been practising yoga since he was 27 and teaching since 1996. He qualified as a yoga teacher with The British Wheel of Yoga in 1999.
In recent times, he's combined aspects of many yoga styles in his personal and teaching practice (notably yin yoga) and regards yoga as a major element of his Buddhist practice.