Deborah BlundenAshtanga Yoga
I began practicing yoga in 1992, starting with Hatha and Iyengar yoga. In 1999, after a recommendation from a friend, I had my first taste of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois whilst he was teaching in London. This was the first time I’d experienced a yoga practice that synchronized and emphasized the connection between breath and movement. I instantly fell in love with the practice.
I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2002, studying with Master Vishwanath, the nephew of Pattabhi Jois, in Bangalore, India. Since then, I have completed further training with teachers from various traditions, most notably John and Lucy Scott, Lino Miele, David Keil, Rolf Naujokat, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Ana Forest, and Eileen Gauthier. In 2012, I completed John & Lucy Scott’s teacher training.
I am qualified in holistic therapies which included massage, reflexology and Indian massage. In addition to this, I have certificates in counselling. I have also trained in Thai massage, all of which I bring into my teaching and adjustments. In 2013, I qualified as a yoga therapist and feel that this, along with the teachings of those I have been privileged to study with, has given me a greater understanding of, and the ability to work more intelligently with medical conditions, injuries and body patterns in a way that respects each individual’s needs. My approach incorporates the use of ujayyi breathing, bandhas and foundation and above all else, my hope is that my students realize the incredible things they are capable of, on and off the mat.