Namaste – (I bow to the light within you)

 

A little about Chrissie’s background

 

 

 

 

 

 

How It All Began My Yoga journey began in 2003 when fate took me to the island of Skyros on a two week holistic break. There I met Michael Stewart, a well renowned and dedicated Yogi who introduced me to the joys of Yoga. It was a life changing holiday. I came home in a whirl – emotional and mystified, yet with the door to my future open. For years I had searched for the connection between my career as a Social Worker and my love of dance – as a Gemini I accepted this as my natural, ‘split’ personality. As a Social Worker specialising in mental health I was massively interested in the way the mind worked – the philosophy of life. My hobby in dance and gymnastics since childhood taught me the value of maintaining physical health and the escapism from the outside world it brought – it kept me sane in the stressful and demanding environment of social work. Michael brought these two opposite parallel paths of my life together and I realised that these two opposing facets of my life were a necessary pathway of my learning to bring me to the ‘Skyros Moment’. Traditionally in India, yoga was taught in the house of a teacher, the Guru-kula, and Yoga, like all things derived from India, was part of an oral tradition. For this one needed a close relationship with a teacher, a Guru, literally speaking a “remover of ignorance” to bring the philosophy alive. Yoga became central to my life. Michael became my Guru-Kala. He traveled the world teaching yoga and so I would travel to practice with him whenever I could over the next few years, learning all aspects of Yoga. After two years as his student he suggested that I consider becoming a teacher and so the real work began…. Michael remains central to my learning. I spend time with him at least twice a year deepening my knowledge. He is an inspirational teacher, my Mentor and Guru, guiding me along this spiritual path of Yoga. I feel blessed to be able to learn in this traditional way……

You can ‘Meet’ Michael at:

 

 

www.lokavidu.com

Further studies and qualifications

British School of Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training http://www.bsygroup.co.uk/course-menu-yoga.html

 

City & Guilds, Level 3

Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector

 

Diploma of Social Work

specialising in mental health, older people with dementia and those with terminal illnesses.

 

School of Natural Health Sciences

Anatomy & Physiology. Stress Management. Relaxation Techniques

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Yoga’d Up

Yoga for older children & teenagers

 

YogaBugs

Yoga for aged 3+ children

 

Dr. Madan Kataria School of Laughter Yoga

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

 

Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Meditation Courses, Modules 1 & 2

My journeys to India, attending seminars in London, research and reading, Kirtan with Krishna Das and chanting with Deva Premal continue to inform my teaching.

 

Chrissie Bond

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