Namaste Beautiful People
For the unfamiliar individuals my name is Antonia Newlove and I have been practising Yoga for over 6 years and have been certified in Hatha and Ashtanga along with Reiki healing level 1 &2. Most of my teachings have been passed on by inspiring Swamis and healers from various Jungles and Ashrams across the world. After spending a vast amount of time in Asia I decided to move back to England and pass on the vedic teachings of Eastern mindfulness.
At 16 I left my home in Cyprus and moved to England to do my A'levels, having grow up on an calm island and migrating to a fast paced city life my wondering eye began to question life and explore its inner depths of emotions and dimensions. The more time I spent alone in an unknown environment the more i would deal with my existential crisis of questioning in a content dependent minded manner. I found my self drifting off into clouds of thoughts that gave me a nice warm sense of calamity, it felt right and left my mind at ease. I was too young and uneducated at the time to know that I was meditating but as time passed and I moved to Liverpool to study Sport and Exercise Science I started to read more and practice various types of Pranayama (breathing techniques) around my second year at University I started doing a little bit of yoga, at that time I was going through a phase where if my mind hinted to do something I wouldn't hesitate to think twice about it, so I ended up booking a flight to South East Asia for the usual backpacking lifetime experience, at the end of my journey I stumbled across this magical hidden community in the south of Thailand filed with Yogis, Healers and blooming souls, I spent a lot of my time there forgetting about the outside world, sharing and learning from one another. I contacted my worried parents and told them I wasn't coming back to finish my last year at University. Coming from a Greek background, this sounded like a joke to them, my mom said she would hunt me down and bring me back, I ended up on that plane ride back to routine , rules, regulation and responsibilities. In the back of my head all that kept me going was the thought of heading back home where my soul belonged. After becoming an Bsc Hons Student I left straight away, I ended up staying for nearly 3 years learning and living in a Buddhist Thai community teaching in Government school and on weekends I would trek up to the jungle community.
After so long my passion for yoga had became my only priority in life, I couldn't get enough of it, it excited every part of my body and lit up my flame within. I came home to see the family but it didn't last long, I ended up packing my bags and moving to India to experience a traditional Ashram Monastery life. It was no joke, 5 am wake ups sat in padmasana (lotus) with a straight back for hours followed by philosophy, anatomy and yoga classes. The first few weeks I hated it , but when I surrendered and let go my mind started to work with my body and let go of my stubbornness, yoga allowed me to discover the areas my body had been blocked with suppressed emotions and the meditation allowed me to reflect my actions and find ways to break through to a conscious life.
I have been going back and forth to India and trained with many amazing teachers Including 92 year old BNS Iyengar along with Students and Relatives certified by Sri Pattabhi Jois for Ashtanga yoga. I will continue to heal and share the passion of exploring the body as long as my physical body exists.
Om Lokah Samasta Sukinhi Bhavantu
''May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.''
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.
For those unfamiliar of his teachings, his approach to practice requires various techniques ie using props to unfold and allow the body to manifest in a safe and assisted manner.
K. PATTABHI JOIS
K. Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher who developed the popular vinyāsa style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga Yoga. In 1948, Jois established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Sadly he died on the 18th May 2009 however his teachings still remain with us. On my last visit to India I spent some time in Mysore and had the privilege to train with some of his certified students and family.
BNS Iyengar is a living legend, probably the most senior practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the world, direct disciple of the great yogi Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and a master of not only the physical aspects of yoga but also of philosophy including Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Luckily I found his Shala and managed to have the privilege to be taught by him regardless of him being 92 years of age.