Who are Bodhiyoga?

sadhitaSadhita

I was born in London in 1970. I studied at the Raworth college of sports and natural medicine to train as a physical therapist. In my early twenties, I started pursuing things 'spiritual' out of a sense of the need for a deeper quest and understanding of life. This led me eventually to pursue meditation practice and eventually Buddhism.

I was ordained as a Buddhist in 2004 and given the name 'Sadhita' which translates as 'He who is well accomplished in the Dharma', the generic term for the teaching of the Buddha and for the nature of reality.

For as long as I have followed Buddhism I have also practised hatha yoga in its various forms. Eventually I pursued teacher training in the Ashtanga system of yoga and later, wishing to refine my practice and bring it more into alignment with my Buddhist practice, I retrained in India under the guidance of the Himalayan Institute. Yoga therefore has formed an important part of my life.

For the past five years I have been based at a retreat centre in Southern Spain, in the Sierra de Aitana whereby I have dedicated much time to the practice of meditation, retreat, yoga practice and living simply. Having recently left this context I now wish to develop a context in which to work with others, teaching and inspiring.

Initially, like many yoga teachers I studied Iyengar yoga. This gave me a strong foundation in the basic principles of yoga. I was attracted to the energy and vibrancy of those people doing yoga in my early days. A bit later, after a break I started practicing Ashtanga yoga under one of Patabi Jois's main disciples. Again, I absorbed much from these years of dynamic practice and began to take classes in yoga myself after some years. For this period of practice I am especially grateful to Richard Freeman, for showing the way to intelligent and aware pracitce. Also I worked closely with Sarah Lytton, a fine teacher of teachers and devoted practitioner. Later on, in India I studied with some of the well established and knowledgeable teachers of the Himalayan Institute. I am grateful for the many teachers that I have encountered in my life.

Sadhita is registered with the Independent Yoga Network as yoga teacher "Elder".

SudakaSudāka

Born in the West Country (of England) in 1970, I began a self-practice of yoga in 1987.

Whilst at Leeds University, I took my first classes under my first teacher Narapriya. Then followed a long journey across Europe and Asia. I did several meditation retreats in Thailand being convinced then of the benefits of the practice. I taught my first impromptu yoga classes with my Thai-Burmese students. On returning to the UK, it became clear I had to devote myself to yoga and meditation. I completed the Iyengar yoga training with Margaret Austin and started teaching in 1996 in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Desiring to go deeper, I sought Ordination into the Buddhist tradition undergoing an intensive period of training and study and in 2001 received the Sanskrit name Sudāka (Su, happy, dāka. sky-dancer).

Being drawn to a more flowing Vinyasa based yoga, I studied with Godfrey Devereux (Dynamic Yoga method), Paul Grilley (Yin yoga) and Sarah Powers (Insight yoga). Over the last years through the practice and teaching experience with Bodhiyoga we have developed our own unique approach to Yoga.

Now living in Valencia with my wife and two young children, I collaborate extensively with the local Buddhist Centre, teaching in Spanish and English. Along with Bodhiyoga activities, I co-direct the new Suryavana Retreat Centre near Valencia with Sadhita.  

Sudāka is registered with the Independent Yoga Network as yoga teacher "Elder".

 

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