My Philosophy


What does athayoga mean? A single word 'atha' is often defined as meaning 'now'. However, it is too simple an explanation for a word that also conveys a sense of the auspicous, of joy, a sense of completion and of coming home.

My Philosophy
What is Viniyoga?
This approach to Yoga is inspired by the teachings of TKV Desikachar, and is sometimes called 'Viniyoga.'
Viniyoga is the special application of a body of techniques, tailored to suit the individual.  There are not many Viniyoga styled yoga classes in Exeter, or Viniyoga yoga therapists in Exeter, but for contacts to other teachers in the SW and the UK please see my links page.

What does 'athayoga' mean?
The sanskrit word 'atha' pronounced as 'utter' with a soft 'r',  is the first word of the Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.  A single word - it is often defined as meaning 'now.'  However, this is too simple an explanation for a word that also conveys a sense of the auspicious, of joy, a sense of completion and of coming home.

The word 'atha' powerfully informs my understanding, personal practice and teaching of Yoga.   I encourage my students to explore their physical boundaries but the main emphasis of my teaching is the ability to be in the present moment.  For the greater part of our lives we allow the mind to 'time travel,' constantly moving backward into memory and forward into the future.  In class we explore how it feels, and what it means, to be a little more present in our daily lives.  

Viniyoga is characterised by it's emphasis on both  individual teaching, and on it's small group class sizes, and so numbers are limited to a maximum of 12  enrolled students.