Why Yoga and why Ashtanga Yoga?
Yoga means union. The true purpose of Yoga is to unite or connect us to our true self.
We live in an age where we are more connected to technology than to our bodies and our emotions. With this disconnect comes physical pain and dysfunction and a loss of intuition relating to our physical and mental health and well-being. Yoga has the power to reconnect us, initially to our bodies and our breath, and to much more if we choose to immerse more deeply in the practice.
Yoga has the power to be completely transformative and personally, that transformation really took off when I began my Ashtanga Yoga practice. Not only does Ashtanga offer a way of strengthening the body whilst equally stretching it, thereby creating physical balance and integrity, it is a practice steeped in philosophy and a tradition. This enables it to be far more than a route to physical fitness. The practice is built around the eight Limbs of Yoga, as set out over 1700 years ago in the Yoga Sutras by an ancient sage named Patanjali.
These eight limbs provide us with a framework by which we can live and understand our life and purpose.
Tonia Jones – Yoga Teacher
One-to-one sessions are available if you wish to use yoga to rehabilitate from injury, improve flexibility and strength or improve and refine your yoga practice.
Sessions are an hour long and £40. A Yoga One-to-one can be combined with Remedial or Sports Massage Therapy where appropriate.
Tonia Jones – Yoga Teacher
I first qualified in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage in 2001. In 2004, I studied Remedial Massage at the Northern Institute of Massage in Lancashire and in 2013, I qualified in Advanced Massage and Manipulative Therapy in Nottingham.
I have completed many additional courses for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development. These include Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Technique and Postural Dysfunction, treatment protocols for the Lumbar and Thoracic Spine, Pregnancy Massage, Neurological Testing, Knee Joint Anatomy, Dysfunction and Treatment, Hip and Pelvic Dysfunction and Kineisiology Taping for Athletes.
I have studied under Thomas Hendrickson, DC – an American Chiropractor and bodyworker and Oxford based Osteopath John Gibbons.
I have been practicing Yoga on and off since the mid 1990’s with various teachers of different Yoga disciplines and traditions.
On moving to Malvern in 2011, I happened upon Hilly Hanken, one of my great Yoga teachers and inspirations, and my practice became more dedicated and purposeful.
Having enjoyed and benefited from the alignment focus of Iyengar and Anusara Yoga, I have gone on to develop a passion for Ashtanga Yoga and have been fortunate enough to study under David Swenson, one of the World’s foremost Ashtanga Yoga teachers, and Tina Pashumati James. Both share a direct lineage to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga through Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his son Manju Jois.
I completed my first 200 hour teacher training here in Worcestershire then went on to complete a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga teacher training course with David Swenson in Manchester. More recently, I was lucky enough to spend two very intense weeks in India at Govardhan Ecovillage, a centre for Krishna Consciousness, with my teacher Tina Pashumati James, where I completed another 200 hour Ashtanga and Yoga Therapy teacher training course.
I continue my own daily yoga and meditation practice with discipline and dedication. I find it helps me to navigate a challenging and ever more demanding world. On a less grand scale, it helps me navigate the challenging role of parent to a child with Autism and what that means within the context of our society.
On a practical level, the more I have absorbed myself in Yoga, the more its benefits feed into my work as a Remedial Massage Therapist. Gaps I had in my understanding of the body, both physical and emotional, have been filled and the combination of Massage and the Yoga have demonstrated the potential to offer a transformative combination.