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Yoga Name: Sujjan Saroop Kaur (Embodiment of wisdom and inner beauty)
Training Certificates or Qualifications: 200hr Vinyasa and Hatha. Currently completing 100hr Yin with Dr Scott Lyons and 200hr Rise Embodied flow with Adele Kinghan.
Influences: Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Hatha, Kundalini, Sahara meditation
Inspirational teachers: Kino Macgregor, BKS Iyengar, Les Leventhal, Ana Forrest, Bernie Clark
Background: From a young age I utilised my mind and body to achieve success at national level in gymnastics and trampolining, in addition to being a professional dancer in shows around the North of England. Discovering yoga helped to cultivate my spirituality, love of movement and flare for positive psychology. I spent 4 years deepening my practice before leaving the corporate world, travelling to Rishikesh, India and devoting my career to teaching and sharing my passion for yoga with others.
Why I practice: Beyond the postures and breathing that keeps me feeling flexible, strong and healthy there is an inward journey of self discovery. When I look past the physical side of yoga I can delve into an ancient world of knowledge that helps me to cultivate kindness, love, truth and clarity. In times of confusion or doubt my practice has been there to remind me I must surrender to the universe and trust the journey I am on.
Why I teach: I think when you find your passion, its natural to want to share it with people. My vision is to help others live a meaningful and purposeful life and I do this with a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline towards ourself and any other living beings, helping us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature through the power of yoga and meditation.
"Somewhere between what she survived, and who she was becoming, was exactly where she was meant to be. She was starting to love the journey and find the comfort in the quiet corners of her wildest dreams.They say people don’t change…. well, she wasn’t always this way. Even if she didn’t change the entire world, she would change her part of it. And she would affect the people she shared it with. A butterfly who’s wings have been touched, can indeed still fly. Whether something was meant to be, or meant to leave, didn’t matter as much anymore. She would soak up the sun, kiss the breeze, and she would fly regardless."– J.Raymond