Heather Elton | Yoga teacher in London | Hatha and Vinyasa Flow
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About Heather Elton

About Me

I am a yogini, yoga teacher, photographer and part-time writer living in London. My yogic path has taken me to sacred places in India and Nepal in pursuit of a ‘real’ yoga – an authentic traditional yoga merging Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. This pilgrimage has taken me to sacred sites and into the hearts of spiritual masters and awakened beings.

I try to share my knowledge through my teaching and writing. These days I prefer a slow mindful alignment-based vinyasa flow that integrates yoga philosophy into the practice.

My approach is a deep physical and psychological practice that moves beyond the gross physical body to make the spiritual yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life. The ultimate aim of yoga is love, liberation and freedom: Moksha.

I’m qualified as a Senior Yoga Teacher with both the Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

Teachings

I’ve taught Astanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as traditional forms of Hatha yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation in London since 2002. I like to integrate yoga philosophy into the asana practice to give students an understanding of the deeper meaning.

As part of my charity work, I teach yoga to addicts for the Westminster Drug Project and to homeless people for Crisis. I feel deep gratitude to all my teachers who have helped me to move through fear and enabled me to do this work. My aim is to help others diminish suffering in their lives.

Join me on a Himalayan Yoga Adventure where we study yoga philosophy ‘On the Road’ within the cultural context of living Tantra.

If you’re ready for a life-changing experience, why not sign up to one of my high-quality and authentic Yoga Teacher Training courses – designed to take you to the spiritual heart of the practice.

I offer private yoga tuition in London and you can also book me for a workshop at your yoga studio. Contact me to find out more.

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The Philosophy

I consider Sri T Krishnamacharya to be the Grandfather of ‘modern yoga’ and teach in that lineage whether it’s Astanga Vinyasa Yoga or in the methodology of BKS Iyengar. I’m interested in the historic roots of traditional Hatha Yoga. I endeavor to teach all 8 limbs of ‘classical’ Astanga in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (200 BCE) and integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology in a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives.

 

Astanga is taught in the Mysore tradition of Sri K Patabbhi Jois, and Vinyasa Krama (or Hatha Flow), is an intelligent linking of poses – with breath and dristi – rooted in classical yogic traditions that explores the physical, mental and subtle aspects of the practice. I teach Vinyasa Flow more as ‘slow flow’ with an emphasis on breath and integrating proper alignment techniques of BKS Iyengar, rather than mindless flailing about in space.

 

Yoga philosophy is integrated with asana, breath and dristi to explore the inner/outer techniques of Hatha Yoga that transform the mind and body and illuminate one’s highest potential to find purpose and meaning in life. I aim to reveal the ‘authentic’ spiritual path underlying the practice and the technology to stabilize the mind, so we can shed the veils of Maya perpetuated by the ego, glimpse at our true nature and liberate ourselves from suffering. My approach is a deep physical and psychological practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience to make the spiritual yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life. The ultimate aim of yoga is love, liberation and freedom. Moksha.

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The Practice

I began Hatha Yoga (BKS Iyengar) in 1986 and my yoga path has involved extensive studies with brilliant teachers around the world, many who have had a profound influence of my unique style. I studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for 12 years with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and many of his senior students, including Manju Jois, John Scott, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney and Rolf Naujokat. Nancy Gilgoff was my first Ashtanga teacher and I’ve attended many of her ‘Adjustment Clinics’ to learn how to safely assist people in the Primary and Intermediate Series. I completed a 200-level Yoga Teacher Training with Richard Freeman (2004) and attend his annual yoga intensives in London. I also completed a 200+ level training focusing on the traditional Krishnamacharya method of Asana, Pranayama and Kundalini Metaphysics with Sri BNS lyengar at the Patanajala Yoga Shala in Mysore (2008).

On the Vinyasa Flow side of yoga, I completed the Tripsichore Yoga Theatre Teacher Training with Edward Clark (2002). David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Studios) and Emil Wendel (Beyond the Asana) are also inspirational people and teachers.

More recently, my yogic path has led me back to the alignment principles of BKS Iyengar and study with Alaric Newcombe in London. I’ve also taken many workshops with Glenn Ceresoli. My first Iyengar teacher was Dona Holleman.

I’m also a tantric practitioners and am blessed to be a student of Dzongsar Khentsye Rinpoche. In 2017, I was initiated as an Aghori Nath yogini in the Nath Sampradaya  at Pashupati in Nepal. Throughout my yogic journey, I keep an open mind about the practice and try not to succumb to dogma.

Buddha eyes

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ˈdärˌSHän,-SHən/Y

The act of seeing and being seen. Viewpoint.

Are you wondering what all the eyes are about? They are the eyes of deities that I’ve had Darshan with during my spiritual path. Ultimately, these deities reveal your own inner essence to yourself. Your true Buddha Nature.

Darshan means GAZE, as suggested by its Sanskrit root, Drik, to see, but it is to see differently, to see and meet at the same time, having seen and known having seen, and feeling blessed to have been there, sensing a positive and beneficial inspiration from it. Darshan of a saint or sage, or an idol, a sacred object, a striking view, a mountain, a tree a light, the sweetness of the moment, a truth, – these sights transport us and reveal something else, something pertaining to interiority. A Darshan is an opportunity to face the Real. To be present. Free from the past (which no longer exists) and of the future (which is not there.)

The ultimate Darshan occurs when the veil of duality dissolves in the non-dual state of yoga –

samadhi, nirvana, moksha, pure vision, shunyata, dharmakaya.

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