“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
Ruth came to yoga in 1998, its immediate impact was profound & quickly led to a sincere and dedicated practice. She studied in the Iyengar tradition for over 10 years and is a qualified Iyengar teacher having trained with Grainne Gilleece in Ireland. Between 2005 and 2010 she travelled annually to India attending courses and studying with Senior Iyengar teachers Rajiv and Swati Chanchanci. She spent extended periods of study there immersing herself in all aspects of the subject and is grateful to have assisted in the medical classes where the therapeutic effects of yoga and its benefits to those in discomfort became evident. In this period she regularly attended national and international workshops with senior Iyengar teachers including Geeta Iyengar and Birjoo Metha and has attended courses at the Iyengar institute in Pune India.
In 2008 she was introduced to Shadow Yoga and for 6 years studied under the direct guidance of Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves. She attended intensive courses 3 times a year as well as monthly trips of study and practice to London. It was an invaluable period of learning where many new perspectives on the energetic body and self practices were opened up to her.
Along with her personal studies in Ayurveda and Vedic astrology Ruth has spent time learning and practicing devotional sound through the ancient Indian music system and has spent time in the holy city of Varanasi, India where her experience & understanding of the depth of Yoga continues to unfold.
Ruth is grateful for the knowledge and guidance her teachers and mentors have and continue to share. She is a student first and foremost and continues to enjoy learning, exploring and experiencing the twists and turns of life through the prism of yoga.
David began a disciplined daily practice of yoga in the mid-90s when living in San Francisco. As an athlete he was attracted to the dynamic practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa and was inspired by the discipline it takes to practice this method effectively. He began his formal studies under the guidance of Tim Thompson of Monkey Yoga Shala and Larry Schultz of Its Yoga between 1998-2001.
David’s main Ashtanga influences thereafter were the founders of Yogaworks in LA, Senior Ashtanga teachers Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty under whom he studied with between 2002 – 2007. They taught him how to practice dynamically yet with humility and with an emphasis on safety
From 2010-2017 David studied directly under Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana; attending intensive courses twice yearly during this time. It is thanks to his guidance and instruction that David’s knowledge of the subtle anatomy and energetic system was awakened.
David is also a certified Somatic Movement Educator (SME) through the International Institute of Somatic Movement Education based in Tamil Nadu, South India. SME is a neuromuscular re-education system that facilitates sensory- motor learning to gain greater voluntary control of the physiological process resulting in freedom of ease and agility of movement.
His style of teaching is therefore influenced by many styles and methods of Hatha Yoga yet is rooted in activities that free the energetic body from its obstructions and harness the potential of the lifeforce safely and effectively.
David prostrates in gratitude to all his teachers, past and present. Any true knowledge he is able to pass on comes directly from their guidance, any mistakes he makes are purely his own. Om Namah ShivaYa