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About Becky May

I first tried yoga during my final year at university in 2001 in the hope that it would clear my busy head and was amazed at how effective it was. After that, finding a decent yoga class became a priority wherever I lived. However, it was when I moved to Warwick in 2006 that yoga grew to become a much bigger part of my life. Here I discovered ashtanga yoga, under the instruction of Ervin Menyhart, and immediately fell in love with the dynamic style and its tradition of regular, steady practice to heal the body and calm the mind. Finally I had found something to bring together my love of physical challenge and the calming benefits of mindfulness. As well as continuing to train with Ervin, along with other local teachers including Mark Freeth, Digby Platt and James Critchlow, I began a daily self-practice and eventually trained to teach ashtanga yoga with Ervin between 2007-2008 and then with David Swenson in 2008, and I have always taught since then.

After a couple of years in the south, continuing my ashtanga studies with Donna Lambert and Nancy Gilgoff, I moved back to the Midlands, which is where I haved based myself for classes and workshops whenever I'm not travelling for the last few years. However, I am currently residing in Inverness for a while at the Anam Cara Retreat Centre, learning loads about running a busy retreat centre in preparation for one day hopefully opening something similar myself!

Although I was a dedicated follower of the ashtanga system for many years, I have always enjoyed experiencing different types of yoga and have always brought elements of these into my teaching. With this in mind, in 2012 I completed a Yoga Alliance 200 hour accredited teacher training with Mark Freeth of the Freestyle Yoga Project, which focuses on dynamic vinyasa flow sequencing.

These days my approach to my yoga and teaching has become more fluid and intuitive. I now mostly teach dynamic vinyasa flow classes interspersed with gentler classes, including monthly 'yin-style' classes. I enjoy teaching the 'yoga bigger picture', and particularly love the creativity of putting together workshops and retreats to explore and weave together different aspects of yoga philosophy.

Over the years I have attended intensive workshops with a diverse array of inspiring teachers, including the internationally renowned Richard Freeman, John Scott, Nancy Gilgoff, Kino Macgregor, Hamish Hendry, Joey Miles and Liz Lark. I have led numerous retreats and workshops, including specialist yoga retreats for surfers in Morocco and snowboarders and skiiers in France. I am passionate about tailoring my teaching to meet the needs of different students, and truly believe that yoga can help and heal everyone, whether you're a premium athlete or are trying yoga for the first time on your 80th birthday!

In 2014-15 I spent five months in Mysore, India, advancing my studies with various teachers including Vijay Kumar (ashtanga), Masterji (Pattabhi Jois's nephew and student), Vinay Kumar (intensive back-bending course) and BNS Iyengar, one of the last remaining students of Krishnamacharya (pranayama). I also spent one month studying at the KPJAYI shala with Sharath Jois, the current lineage bearer for ashtanga yoga.

When not on the mat, I can often be found geeking out with wildlife in my other job as an ecologist or travelling the globe to explore this crazy beautiful planet whenever I get the chance. I also love writing (see www.frondyoga.wordpress.com for my sporadic blog posts), dancing like a nutter and singing at the top of my voice. I'm a qualified Thai yoga masseuse and initiated in the Usui Shiki Ryoho form of reiki healing.

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