A friend recommended the NLBC to me and I was drawn to Amanda's class, 'Gentle Yoga'. I was immediately struck by Amanda's friendly, knowledgeable, caring and enthusiastic approach. I quickly became a regular member of this Thursday morning drop in class. Thus began a long and fruitful student/teacher relationship in yoga that has enriched my life.
After a few weeks in class I was keen to advance my practice so I asked Amanda if we could do some one-to-one sessions. Our first session was September 10th 2013. From that date until Amanda left the UK we met 5 or 6 times a year to assess my progress and devise a new daily practice. These 1-2-1 sessions were always full of encouragement, challenge, a deeper understanding of yoga and much joy.
I was keen to know more about yoga so when Amanda offered her 'Yoga Foundation Course' starting September 2015 I signed up immediately. I was sure from our 1-2-1 sessions and NLBC classes that the course would enhance my understanding of the essence of yoga as a life practice and philosophy, as well as a unique physical discipline.
I was not disappointed. The course covered so many different aspects of yoga: meditation; asana; pranayama; chanting and yoga history and philosophy. It was well structured and entirely absorbing and enlightening. Amanda is a reflective, intelligent and conscientious teacher with an ethical approach to learning and teaching. These qualities, combined with an excellent knowledge of the subject, and a student centred approach, ensured that this was a wonderful learning experience for all of us.