Stuart teaches anatomy and sports injury on the Goa and London TTCs. He is an Ashtanga teacher and bodyworker specializing in yoga related injuries and tension patterns. His interest in anatomy started when he was working as a personal trainer while studying for a BSc in Health Studies. When he began yoga 12 years ago he found himself using his anatomy knowledge to better understand his own body as it struggled with the physical aspects of the practice. What started as two individual interests merged into a passion for yoga anatomy. Stuart brings this passion to the classroom and approaches the subject from the point of view that knowledge on it’s own is of little use unless you also understand how to apply it.
Realising that many people struggle with yoga anatomy and physiology, he focuses on making the learning experience fun, relevant and, above all, useful. He believes that similar to using a knowledge of different pranayama techniques to choose the right one to help balance a students doshas, so too can a good understanding of yoga related anatomy and physiology be a tool in a teachers toolbox to help balance and progress a student’s practice.
A former reporter, Daniel has a passion for communicating clearly and exploring ideas in accessible ways. He uses extracts from texts and multimedia slides to explain how yoga’s timeless wisdom has evolved. His presentations include group discussions and practical exercises, drawing on his own experience of teaching asana, pranayama and meditation. Having felt transformed by devotion to yoga, he loves sharing it with others.
Heather Mason is the founder of The Minded Institute in London. After years of depression and anxiety, Heather moved to SE Asia to practice Buddhist meditation in monasteries where she spent three years transforming her mind. She also trained as a 500-hr yoga teacher and taught yoga to nuns in various meditation centers.
In 2003, she moved to the UK and did an MA in Buddhist Studies at SOAS University London, followed by an MA in Buddhism-based Psychotherapy. Heather developed an eight-week course for depression, anxiety, and stress, combining the insights of therapeutic yoga, mindfulness, and psychotherapy. She was the first person in the UK to train people to teach trauma-sensitive yoga under the guidance of the Boston Trauma Center.
In addition to leading the Minded Institute’s 500-hour Yoga Therapy Training, Heather specialises in using mind-body techniques in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and teaches professionals how to use physiological assessment to determine appropriate yoga therapeutic practices for clients.
Heather created and taught a class at the Boston University School of Medicine on mind-body medicine and developed the mind-body science course for the first MA of Science degree in Yoga Therapy at Harvard, and has lectured on Neuroscience and PTSD with the Boston Trauma Center, as well as for organisations throughout the world. Heather also conducts yoga research with a focus of the effect of breathing of physiological measures.
Currently Heather is focused on forging a the bridge between yoga and health care, towards this goal she lobbies with the All Party Parliamentary Group in the House of Commons to get yoga included into the NHS.
Ian Baker offers an overview of yogic traditions within Tantric Buddhism, as revealed within a set of mural paintings created in Lhasa, Tibet at the end of the 17th century that reference mind-body practices dating to Vedic-era India and deriving, in part, from tantric Kaula traditions of Kashmiri Saivism. Based on the mural paintings that were created as a visual guide to enlightenment for Tibet’s Sixth Dalai Lama, the workshop will provide an overview of non-monastic tantric Buddhist practice in India and Tibet, with special reference to the so-called ‘Six Yogas’ whereby enlightenment can be discovered within the flow of ordinary experience and awareness. The Six Yogas are based on the awakening of Tummo, or ‘fierce heat’ within the physical body, leading to illuminated states of awareness within intimate relationships, sleep, dream, and near-death experiences. This experiential workshop will explore the underlying principles of the Six Yogas, their culmination in the non-dual existential yoga of ‘Great Perfection’ (Dzogchen), and their relevance and applicability in the contemporary world.
Ian Baker was lead curator for the 2015-2016 ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple: Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism’ exhibition at London’s Wellcome Collection. He is the author of several books and academic articles on yogic practice within Tibetan Buddhism, including The Dalai Lamas Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet and the forthcoming Tibetan Yoga: Secrets from the Source. He lived for more than twenty-five years in India and Nepal and is an initiate of both Tibetan Buddhism and Tantric Saivism.