Luke is an internationally experienced Yoga teacher, Therapeutic Yoga consultant and Mindfulness coach. He teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Therapeutic yoga and Mindfulness meditation. He has over 10 years’ experience in the field of holistic healing, yoga and meditation. His passion is to study and combine different healing modalities. This has led him all over the world, working in muscular skeletal clinics in New Zealand, living and practicing qi gong and meditation with Shaolin monks in China and spending over a month in silence in Thailand meditating.
This year he was the yoga teacher and therapeutic yoga consultant on the hit BBC show, ‘The Retreat' and is now the in house yoga therapist in The Nordic Spa at Grand Hotel in Stockholm. His aim is to make yoga accessible to everyone and to honor the tradition of yoga whilst using modern scientific studies on its benefits to merge the old with the new.
What's your best training tips?
Use each yoga class to know yourself better.
Much of today's yoga focuses on aesthetics but Yoga isn't about how you look it is about how you feel. It is a time to drop any notion of rushing, achieving or being any particular way. A time to connect with ones self. If we ignore the body's signals it can lead to injury. If we listen, we gain a deeper connection and the body usually responds with relaxing further into the posture. As we show ourselves more compassion then it is easier to spread this to others. Inner evolution for an outer revolution.
Why do you practice yoga?
Yoga is truly a holistic system to wellness. It works with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of being a human. All these things are inter related but the mental and emotional side often get neglected in Western culture. Yoga has the obvious physical benefits but it is much more than just a physical practice. Yoga teaches a way to accept the wave of what is happening without falling into a wave of this shouldn't be happening to me. Finding the courage to change things that can be changed and accepting things that can't is a liberating way to live.
Is yoga for everyone?
Yoga is absolutely for everyone! No matter what age or physical condition. There are numerous studies showing the benefits on yoga related to the physical body and of meditation to the brain. Studies have even showed Yoga not only helping but reversing ilness such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Often people say they are too inflexible to start yoga, but this is similar to saying 'I'm too dirty to take a shower.' Flexibility is a wonderful by product but ultimately yoga helps us navigate the ups and downs in life. Who wouldn't want a little helping hand with that?