Despite giving yoga a try in my teen years, it wasn’t until 2006 that I gave yoga chance as an adult. And I’ll be honest — I was highly skeptical. I was certain I’d be the only male in the class and that I was not at all the yoga “type”. After all, I’m a database programmer – yes, a proper nerd! – who spends most of his time sitting behind a desk. And yet, slowly but surely, I found myself being drawn back to yoga, certain that there was a reason I was supposed to do it.
It was when I moved to London (I’m originally from Poland) in 2008 that I settled down and found the Iyengar Yoga Institute and began a more regular yoga practice. After a few years I started to explore different yoga styles (including some fun ones like Aerial and Acro Yoga) which increased my comfort level with inversions and saw my strength and flexibility continue to improve.
I’ve now been practicing yoga for over 10 years and have found that yoga has been able to counteract my sedentary work life like nothing else. I’ve always had tightness in my hips and lower back due to the long hours of sitting but my mobility has improved, as well as my flexibility and energy levels. Yoga also connects my head back to my body, giving me more mental balance, focus and clarity than I’ve ever experienced. The tension and stress are released and I feel calm and grounded both during and after class.
Once I experienced the physical and mental benefits of yoga for myself, I wanted to find a way to help others do the same. Especially those doubting Thomases (much like I was!) who don’t take yoga seriously. I want to assist my students to access their currently untapped strength, ease and comfort in their bodies and give them the mental clarity to reach their true potential. Most importantly, I want them to enjoy the experience of finding balance and reconnecting with their bodies, because too many of us spend all our time working and being stressed these days.
I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training in July 2016 with Jason Pooley at The House of Yoga, London. I have since completed NuPower Yoga certified course in October 2016 with Linda Fenelon and Lauren Zoeller. My classes are Power Vinyasa Yoga based (Baptiste Power Yoga inspired) but are tailored around my students’ physical capabilities and can be modified to suit any level of experience. In fact, I love working with complete beginners who are hungry to learn and improve — it’s so rewarding for both of us.
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Random facts about me
I’m always learning, seeking answers to satisfy my curiosity. Love learning languages!
Ability to easily spot patterns helped a lot in “knowing” what to learn/skip to get better marks at school.
My interests were always very wide and I seem to be able to learn almost anything I put my mind to.
Lucid dreaming, out of body experiences and regular dreams – another fascination of mine,
Open minded sceptic
I’m open to pretty much any idea, but I will most likely ignore it until it has some practical application for me.
Database programming was the only course during my uni time I felt excited about.
I have been always fascinated by gadgets like fitness or sleep trackers, EEG devices, apps etc.
I love chocolate
Oh, if only that was the only food I could eat..