About Us

A local yoga club for you

I want you to enjoy learning yoga because what you enjoy you will learn more effectively and want to maintain. This matters because at the heart of good yoga practice is your desire to practise and continually improve.

You’ll find my classes are happy places to work hard and enjoy yourself. We take yoga seriously but never too seriously because Essentially yoga is about balance and keeping all things in perspective: including yoga!

I’m in this for you. My mission is to get more people learning realistic yoga the right way and gaining from the many benefits it brings to your life.

Authentic Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the keystone of all yoga and that which most people are familiar with. It is the yoga of physical exercise, complemented the development of your breathing and integration of the body and mind.

My hatha yoga teaching has been developed from three established yoga traditions or schools of yoga: namely

Iyengar Sivananda and Desikachar

This is important. Iyengar yoga, in particular, sets the bar to which all other yoga schools aspire. I started my yoga learning Iyengar yoga from a book and still attend Iyengar classes because it’s the only yoga which really allows me to develop my understanding and teaching to a higher level.

Iyengar yoga is very disciplined and requires a lot of equipment so from a practical point of view it is not so amenable for a club that travels to three different venues. But the principles do travel well and I do provide you with essential equipment.

Sivananda and Desikashar are more traditional in their approach but still highly esteemed in the world of yoga. They are a great check and balance on the Iyengar school.

Genuine yoga that’s relevant today

We reflect the integrity and wisdom of classic yoga but, critically, we also take account of the knowledge we have today about how the body and mind function.

Essentially you’re getting the best of all worlds. It means our yoga syllabus is structured around authentic yoga that is true to its purpose and embraces a contemporary lifestyle.

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Ancient yoga. Modern way.

Nobody will ever have to tell you why yoga is good for you. You can feel it!

About Johnston

I’m a registered yoga teacher with more than 500 hours of recognised training under my belt.

Yoga has kept me going, both physically and mentally, for most of my adult life. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience based on more than 25 years of practising and teaching yoga.

My yoga journey

I started yoga learning Iyengar Yoga from the classic Light on Yoga written by the renowned teacher B.K.S. Iyengar. I have since learned many different types of yoga, all of which serve to consolidate my belief that yoga is yoga – it needs no embellishment.

I’ve studied and trained as a teacher with CamYogaSeasonal Yoga Teacher Training Academy and the Yoga Sports Science Institute. I have also attended courses at Sivananda Yoga and Special Yoga: accredited by the Yoga Alliance and the British Wheel of Yoga.

My teaching focuses mainly on Hatha yoga, which consists of the physical yoga of exercise (Asana) and breathing (Pranayama). I always provide a period of meditation (Dhyana) also. This approach is taken from the “Eight Limbs of Yoga”, as set out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Continuing professional development

My continuing professional development in yoga includes:

  • Yoga Alliance and British Wheel of Yoga 500 Hour Yoga Teachers Diploma
  • Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teachers Certificate
  • Yoga for Students with Disabilities
  • Making Adjustments to Students’ Postures
  • Yoga for Sports People
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Pranayama Technique (Breathing)
  • Yin Yoga
  • Ayurvedic Cookery

More about me

I hark from the beautiful Lakeland of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. I was educated as a boarding pupil at the Royal School Armagh and hold an Open University degree.

Active life

My biggest physical achievement was cycling Alpe d’Huez as part of a charity ride when I completed six stages of Le Tour de France in Etape du Tour. Over the years, hillwalking, swimming, spinning, and circuit-training have each played a part in my wellness strategy. Then it was time to start yoga!

Not your average Yogi Bear

Built like a bear, I’m not what you might expect in a yoga teacher! But I see this as my appeal. I’m a big man with an irreverent sense of humour. But don’t be misled – I have a deep conviction in the capacity of yoga for doing good.

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I’m pragmatic and see yoga as something inclusive to be enjoyed by all who choose to learn. I tend to stick to factual matters and focus on proper technique, combining modern knowledge with the ancient practice of yoga. Each lesson is different, looking at new ways of linking and practising postures. I offer excellent exercise, sound psychology and an enjoyable yoga session.

It may surprise you to know that…

I was a police officer for 30 years. I worked in the Metropolitan Police Service in some of the most diverse and demanding parts of London. I have much to thank the Met for; they were great employers and stood by me during both the good and bad times. It’s safe to say; police work tests your character; it’s a tough job. On the plus side, it also teaches you a lot about people, life and yourself.

After leaving the Met in 2005 (aged 48), I was fortunate enough to be offered a role with the world-renowned Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre [CEOP].

CEOP played a lead role in bringing the problems of child abuse into the public arena. CEOP was a stressful and very political workplace – one in which I worked to the limits.

The role of yoga in my life

I’m familiar with the impact of mental illness and stress, as well as the physical pain of a herniated disc in my spine. I also suffer from Tinnitus and yoga really helps me with all of these issues.

Love music; love yoga

I’m an ardent music lover and credit the Beatles with arousing my interest in yoga back in 1967 (aged 11). I have an eclectic taste which I bring to my teaching: jazz, rock, blues, classical, and a growing bank of world music which, not surprisingly, complements the class playlists. My members love the music, but the yoga always takes precedence.

And finally…

I recognise the importance of keeping fit to maintain one’s mental health and vice versa. Yoga plays a crucial role in maintaining and sustaining my physical fitness, wellness, and wellbeing: it is my purpose for practising yoga, and why I enjoy it and value it so highly.

About yoga

Yoga is an ancient behavioural practice which sustains personal health. Personal health consists of:

  • Physical fitness
  • Wellness
  • Wellbeing

The World Health Organisation‘s definitions of these qualities are:

Physical fitness

Physical fitness is your ability to carry out tasks without undue fatigue. The components of physical fitness are:

  • cardio-respiratory endurance,
  • muscle strength,
  • muscle endurance,
  • flexibility, and
  • body composition.

Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

 

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a state of mental health in which you can realise your potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and are able to make a contribution to your community.

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