in this lifetime

finding the middle path

I first discovered yoga 15 years ago. Having been raised in Buddhist household under the guidance of my Guru, Dagpo Lama Rinpoche, it seemed apt that yoga and Buddhism fit together like two peas in a pod.  

Initially, my relationship with yoga was an on and off affair. I immediately noticed the calming effect it had on my body and mind. It was not until 2016, when I decided to start my teacher training, that I realised what a precious gift the practice represented. 

Teaching yoga allows me to impart the experience of coming home to the deep sense of mutual belonging and interdependence. In a world where we are often settled in the cult of the individual, yoga reminds us of the lifegiving roots of kindness, compassion and equanimity; that despite us seeing ourselves as the most important, others too are of prime importance.

Whether the practice is soft or strong, leisured or dynamic, what matters is the motivation behind it. Am I coming into a pose with a self-cherishing attitude as the source of fuel? Or, am I entering the pose with a mind filled with virtue? 

In this way, the practice transcends beyond just the physical dimension. 

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Lydia completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Pre/Post Natal Training with YogaLondon in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In 2018, she furthered her training with Jamie and Dulce, The Yoga People to learn about the Mandala Methodology and Pranification. In 2019, she was certified in Dharma Yoga LOAY 500hr, under the guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. In 2020, she will be completing her Yin training with Norman Blair in the UK.

 

*Lydia is a Yoga Alliance approved, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500)

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