12 May Jock Orton
I did my first two teacher training’s with no intention of ever teaching yoga, I just wanted to further my knowledge for my own practice. It was my first teacher Bridget Woods-Kramer who dropped the bombshell on me that she needed cover for that Saturday’s class and there was no one else to do it that forced me into teaching my first class. I absolutely loved it…….. completely terrified……… but loved it!
It is said that we all come to healing in our own time and this was true for me when in 2000, I fell down a mountain snowboarding, breaking my back in four places and shattering my collarbone. After numerous unsuccessful operations, I decided to take matters into my own hands so that I might stand a chance of being mobile by the time I hit forty.
I began a regular yoga practice and as the ancient saying goes – ‘when the student is ready the teacher will appear’, I moved back to Cornwall at the same time as Bridget Woods-Kramer, a world renowned Anusara teacher. I spent six years studying and teaching with Bridget and have developed a style that is physically challenging with attention to posture and alignment and above all, playful. My experience has taught me to cherish the physical practice of yoga, but it is the connection between mind, body and soul that inspires my practice.
In the last few years my personal practice has moved towards Ashtanga and have undertaken Ashtanga teacher trainings with David Swenson, Manju Jois and John Scott. I am now a good friend of John’s, with whom I practice regularly and have assisted him on his teacher trainings and CPD weeks for his 200 hour students. I am humbled to be in a small select group of John Scott 500 hour certified teachers.
I have been teaching for 15 years and over this time I feel deeply privileged to have been taught by some of the worlds best teachers from a range of different schools of yoga, including Richard Freeman, David Williams, Sianna Shermann, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Bruce Bowditch, John Friend, Nancy Gilgoff, and Doug Swenson. In my classes I call upon the teachings of all of my teachers to best serve my own students, with a blend of the styles, techniques and adjustments I’ve learnt along my yoga journey. I am also co-founder and director of Lime House Yoga and The Retreat with my partner Emma and a dad to two wonderful daughters who constantly inspire and challenge me to be more present in the world and on my mat.