Marika Denman With Diane Long
I began to attend yoga classes in 1996 and was fortunate to have had some very good teachers. Initially, yoga did not mean a great deal to me as I regarded it as little more than a form of exercise.
Over the years I began to notice some improvements in my posture and more particularly, in my breathing. This spurred me on and I continued attend various workshops, where I expanded my interest in yoga.
I first heard of Vanda Scaravelli and met my present teachers, Diane Long and Sophy Hoare when I attended a workshop five years ago. At that time, the experience was baffling but, nevertheless felt somehow right. I was encouraged to use the poses for on-going exploration and to treat everything as a new experience. Eventually I started to understand that I must abandon the idea of yoga for the sole purpose of exercise and consider it more as a means of understanding and allowing the inherent intelligence of the body to be my guide.
Over time my own practice became regular and yoga became a way of life. When Diane suggested that I was ready to teach, and Sophy endorsed the idea, I felt proud and humbled in equal measure. My experience of teaching to date is encouraging. My classes are small which allows me to provide hands-on teaching, paying attention to all pupils, no matter how new or experienced they might be.
There are numerous claims as to the benefits of yoga and we usually find out fairly quickly that most of these are true. I will only name the ones that I have personally experienced. Yoga will improve your stature; give you renewed energy and greatly improve your lung capacity. You will be able to align yourself in order to cure injuries and backaches. Furthermore you will be able to stand for hours without getting tired and you will no longer be a slave to your body.
My aim is to teach the importance of a healthy spine in order to awaken the intelligence of the body.
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