Tony has practiced yoga for over thirty years and now entering his 18th year of teaching. As well as the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series his personal sadhana (practice) consist other aspects of yoga which including sound work, pranayama (yogic breathing) and (vipassana) meditation.
His interest in yoga started as early as14 years old, he was strongly attracted to the disciplines and meditative aspects of the Martial Arts , ie Zen. ‘There was always a feeling of there being more to life than the apparent, something deeper more meaningful and less tangible’. The practice of Yoga has allowed this to become apparent.
After many years of practice, classes & workshops Tony obtained the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma in 2000. Later he achieved from his ‘Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teaching Certificate’ from David Swenson and ‘The Art of Adjustment’ Level One with Brian Cooper (Union Yoga).
Tony’s main teachers include John & Lucy Crawford Scott, Danny Paradise and David Swenson. In 2002 he attended Nancy GiIgoff’s Adjustment Clinic in Prague. Later a 5 day intensive practice with Manju Jois, Gloucestershire.
In his formative years Jayne Orton, Senior Iyengar teacher and the late Jane Degraaf (Pranayama Lotus & the Rose). formed the basis of his teaching. There was much input from Dru Yoga tradition. In 2005 Tony visited India to practice for 2 months under the instruction of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy and daughter Saraswati at the Ashtanga Research Institute. Mysore, India.
Many schools of yoga traditions influence his teaching style. Practices from the Satyananda Yoga Bihar tradition are increasingly incorporated in his teaching. In 2009 he took on Diksha, mantra & name initiation into this school and attained the spiritual name ‘Vedanta’.
Tony’s introduction to meditation was through the Buddhist Zen Tradition. This forms the bases of meditative practices used in some of the classes where there simply ‘sitting’ before or/and at the end of class (this in the influence of Zen).
Subsequently Tony also attended numerous Vipassana 10 day Meditation retreats at Dhamma Dipa, Herefordshire, UK and in June 2005 he travelled to India, Dhamma Giri the home-land of Goneka , embarking upon a 10 day Vipassana retreat. In December of the same year he travelled to Kopan (Tibetan) Buddhist Monastery , Kathmandu Valley Nepal where the ‘Lam Rim’, (Stages to Enlightenment) was introduced.