The teachings of Yoga reveal that we have a dual nature. An ancient story likens this to two birds in a tree. At most times, we experience ourselves as a person, subject to the ups and downs of life. In the story, this is the lower bird, that eats of the sweet and bitter fruits of life. Yet it is possible, like an identical bird perched in the same tree, to simply look down on one’s suffering self with understanding and compassion. The twin aims of Yoga practice are to reduce our suffering and to increase our understanding.
To these ends, Michael has been practising Yoga for over 35 years and teaching for 30 years. His qualifications include a Teacher’s Diploma and certification as a Teacher Trainer with the British Wheel of Yoga www.bwy.org.uk, the largest Yoga organisation in Great Britain. Michael was the British Wheel of Yoga representative on the teaching faculty at the European Yoga Union Congress in 2010. Michael also has Teacher Trainer status within the Society of Yoga Practitioners www.tsyp.org, whose aim is to offer teaching, therapy and training in the lineage of T.Krishnamacharya and his son, T.K.V.Desikachar, throughout the U.K. Michael has studied with Mr Desikachar and other senior KYM teachers on many occasions, including four courses of continued professional development at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and, following stringent examination, certification by Mr Desikachar as a Teacher-Trainer. Michael is also an award-winning scientist and prize-winning poet. www.kym.org.