STAND FAST TOGETHER IN LOVE
Craig Elachie – “To Stand Fast”
Amo – “I Love”
“Unite the Clans” If this experience on earth is one big ‘life school’ of learning, John and Julia see that yoga begins with understanding relationship, ‘to get it right’ in the coming together of two individuals as one, whilst remaining true to ones unique self, not to eclipse one and other, but to come together in harmony to share the experience of this life, with great respect, gratitude and love. Both John and Julia can trace their roots back to Scotland, John’s Father and Mother both native of Scotland, and also Julia’s Great Grandmother.
Through the bandha – (binding) of a hand-fasting at their marriage, John and Julia have tied together two clans and two clan mottos to produce a beautiful mission statement in the sharing of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, not to be consumed by conditioned existence but rather to share the message that we all must…
“Stand Fast Together in Love”
John has been a student of Yoga, of AVY since 1987, though during retrospective reverie, john realises that much of his early years at school where spent daydreaming – “eyes fixed out through the window as if travelling to another dimension of reality..”
When does one start yoga? John questions and believes that once you start to question where are you, where have you come from, what are you, what are you doing and where are you going? when these questions percolate and bubble to the surface, you become aware you are already on the Journey of enquiry, the enquiry into your true nature and purpose for being here on this physical plan. It is through the practice of AVY and deep enquiry into the self that John has brought all his earlier experiences and meditations into his life work of sharing.
John’s teaching is therefore very metaphorical, analytical, technical and often humorous, his teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities, teaching workshops throughout the world. John remains an avid student of yoga and relationship fascinated by the linking of different traditions and cultures through symbols, language and the Counted Method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
John’s wishes to acknowledge his first teacher Derek with great love and gratitude, Derek Ireland who introduced John to K Pattabhi Jois, John’s root teacher, connecting him to the source.
Actor, Dancer, and Yogini, at the age of 18 Julia began her yoga journey, first drawn to Iyengar Yoga and Buddhist Meditation. In 2014 however, when Julia was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, it was apparent to her that this one dynamic practice encompassed all the magic and wonder of a mystical journey of self-expression and discovery.
Julia met John in 2016 their two energies fuelled a life together of adventure and discovery. Julia since has balanced two lives, travelling between countries from Yoga Retreat to Acting and between sets immersed in assisting and apprenticing John. In 2017 she completed her 200 hour JSY Teacher Training.
When Julia is teaching and adjusting yoga asana, she draws from her multiple disciplines. She incorporates and integrates relationship skills so that the student feels met, held and supported, allowing for their inner expression to be articulated.