38 Wentworth Road
London. NW11 0RL
Tel + 44 (0) 7957 270 899
MY APPROACH TO TEACHING
I encourage students to work to their own capabilities
Yoga is for the mind. By ‘tuning in’ to body and breath, students develop their ‘muscle’ of conscious awareness. Yoga is a great tool for focusing thoughts and promoting a healthy body, for taking a little ‘time out’ from our high-octane modern lives in order to take a little ‘time in’.
My classes are open to all students, including beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners. Numbers are limited to ensure personal attention and a sensitive approach to individual needs.
The focus is on enhancing mental and physical well-being, and in building stamina, strength and flexibility along the way, in a friendly, supportive and relaxed environment.
The class usually starts with breathing (pranayama), then moves into asana (postures) and ends in deep relaxation as we journey towards a place of inner stillness, clarity and calm.
The aim of my classes is to learn more about ourselves, to improve our health and fitness and to have fun in the process!
MY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
I run weekly classes, including General Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Postnatal Yoga with Baby and Mellow Yoga for All Ages. I lead monthly Weekend Workshops from my home studio in north-west London. Further afield, I also teach in Valencia and Venice. I have assisted my teachers Sri Tiwari and his son Sudhir Tiwari on Kaivalydhama yoga teacher training and workshops in France and the UK.
I have a diverse and specialist teaching portfolio. I am a highly skilled teacher, working privately both one-to-one and with small groups, each session tailored to personal needs. I also work in the community, teaching in organisations that support mental health (JAMI House) and Yoga for Cancer at Cancerkin, (The Royal Free Hospital). In addition, I teach kids and teens in a number of schools and privately.
Young or old, in good health or otherwise, I can create a bespoke practice which works for you.
The real gift of teaching has been in sharing effective ways to develop strength and stamina and managing life’s stresses. Being able to support people in this way has brought real joy to my teaching.
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The great thing about yoga, like life itself, is that it is an experience rather than a theory.
I am passionate about how yoga can be used to enhance our well-being and adapted to everyone's needs, regardless of age or fitness level. Yoga offers great tools for managing everyday life – on and off the mat.
I came to yoga after recovering from serious illness. This enabled me to appreciate what it means to be in good health, both in body and mind. Before dedicating myself to teaching, and setting up MaxineYoga, I worked as a curator in the international contemporary art world and as a producer in documentary television.
A highly qualified teacher, I have more than 25 years of yoga practice and experience.
I was fortunate to first meet my teacher and mentor Sri O.P Tiwari, the head of the Kaivalyadhama Institute, 15 years ago, who has guided me on my path and, I am fortunate to say, still continues to do so. I am also lucky to receive much wisdom, encapsulated through the teachings of Kaivalyadhama, from his son and successor, Sudhir Tiwari.
I originally qualified with the British Wheel, through Simon Low’s teacher training (Triyoga, London). Since then, I continue to follow a journey inspired by Kaivalyadhama Yoga, which includes traditional practice, yoga therapy training and philosophy, using the original yoga texts (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Gherada Samitha, Hatha Pradipika and the Bhagavad Gita) alongside modern scientific research into the medical benefits of the practices. I have completed the Kaivalyadhama teacher training, and pranayama training certification.
Many other great yoga teachers who I have studied with have inspired me including Tias Little, Donna Farhi and Fausto Dorelli. I certified in pregnancy, postnatal and baby yoga with Franciose Barbira Freedman of Birthlight and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli of Womb Yoga. I also greatly enjoyed and pass on the insights my trainings with Sarah Powers in yin yoga, Mukunda Stiles in structural yoga therapy, and Dr Ananda Balayogi, yogi, medical doctor and head of Gitananda Ashram in Pondicherry, in yoga and yoga therapy – have brought me.
I am grateful to all my teachers for their wisdom and knowledge.
LIFE OFF THE MAT
La dolce vita!
I am married, with a beautiful teenage daughter. I continue to maintain my interests in the international art world. My passions include learning, writing, spending time with family, friends, artists, film, food, travel and having lived in Italy for a number of years, many things Italian.
It is only through the practice of living life consciously that we truly learn. And using our ‘selves’ as our playground in yoga – our mind, breath and our bodies as spaces for reflection –so with that premiss in mind, I tend to think that life does not get any more creative, authentic, or enjoyable than that.