Teacher Of The Month: Hermione Armitage

No matter how the door of yoga is opened to us the path always unfolds, grows and illuminates our life. Once that door has been opened, there is no need or want to look back.

My first memory of yoga was when I was a child and I watched my mum, wearing her bright blue leggings, as she practised rounds of sun salutations. I have now been exploring yoga asana, history and philosophy for nearly 15 years. Initially, my practice grew from being quite sporadic into something which is now ingrained into my every- day life. Even with years of practice behind me, I will always view myself as lifelong student of yoga rather than a ‘teacher’. I currently work as a 1:1 yoga therapist for those with special needs as well as guiding classes for children, teens, and adults. It is important to me that yoga is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

I completed an adult teacher training with Yoga Campus London in 2011 and have trained withJo Manuel, Founder of The Special Yoga Centre London, in Teaching Yoga to Children and Yoga Therapy for Children with Special Needs. I am currently studying with Mollie McClelland, through her teacher mentorship programme.

As well as a love for asana, my path towards yoga also strongly involves philosophy, meditation and self study. I completed an Honours Degree in Religious Studies at Victoria University Wellington in 2003 (studying mostly at Eastern traditions including yoga) and was initiated in to the Himalayan Yoga Tradition (meditation and philosophy) in 2012.

My own asana practice and classes slowly build strong, creative, mindful sequences from the ground up – always with full awareness of the breath and body. I balance this with deep relaxation and meditation. I love moving and being aware of my body, and the fluid grace I feel after a good vin yasa yoga practice is incomparable to any other practice I’ve come across.

For more information visit specialyoga.org.uk

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