Yoga Practitioner Kathryn Varley brings 36 years experience. With Advanced Yoga Alliance 1000 hour certification in Kripalu Yoga USA Kathryn continues on the path of The Acharya Intensive with Devarshi Steven Hartman and Jovinna Chan, as well as Qigong training with Master Joe Lok from Hong Kong.
The foundation of her practise is meditation and in particular the non-dual teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. Trained in this tradition by her teacher Richard Miller PhD Kathryn is an IRI Certified iRest®Yoga NidraTeacher.
Kathryn holds certification in Sivananda Vedanta, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yin & Yang Yoga with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers and Let your Yoga Dance in the Kripalu Yoga tradition. Kathryn is a holder of certification with Warriors at Ease for PTSD Sensitive Meditation and Adaptive Yoga incorporating the work of the Exalted Warrior Foundation. And she continues study as a Yoga Practitioner with many internationally renowned teachers, including activist and author Donna Farhi, non-dual and authentic movement teacher Ellen Emmet and Artistic Director and Founder of Soul Motion, Vinn Arjuna Marti.
As meditation informs the foundation of teaching. To this end Kathryn offers intro to Tai Chi and Qi Gong supported by her ongoing Healing Arts training with Master Joe Lok.
It is well known that the Healing Arts offer a deep embodied understanding of the importance of the complimentary opposites of Yin and Yang to encourage both balance and flow. Healing may be realised to relieve pain like arthritis, asthma etc and to highten the senses to recover a sense of smell.
The power of the breath in yoga and meditation enhances confidence in both ease of movement, balance, strength and resilience for brain, body, breath and spirit, is key to the way Kathryn shares practises.
Yoga Dance Meditation and Music came together for Kathryn following training in Puerto Rico, 2016. On her return she set up Dancemantra with colleague Nalini, a dance collective for the local community, offering classes and workshops.
In 2015, Kathryn was invited as one of a group of 12 on to The Path of Acharya, a spiritual life study programme for teaching from life’s experience. This passion is the underlying drive throughout her 36 year practise. She believes that we all learn from one another and what she tells her students is that “we are all teachers and we are all students and we come each time afresh with a beginners mind, a mind that never grows old”
Acharyas Jovinna and Devarshi bestowed on Kathryn the name Premshakti. Prem means love and shakti is the feminine power of the mother energy principle or catalyst for creativity, nurture, abundance and change. Kathryn welcomes the privilege of connection to the ancestors and endeavours to carry the name with grace.
In the beginning, Kathryn’s teaching began 27 years ago in London’s Abbey Road Studios and Harley Street Osteopaths. Followed by many years of study with Yoga Teacher John Stirk, Fellow and Lecturer in Biomechanics and Practical Osteopathy at Royal College of Osteopaths, author of Original Body. A pivotal time of change for Kathryn’s yoga practise and teaching.
As a Yoga Practitioner sharing her practise, Kathryn still continues to bring yoga to the community whether with special populations like her voluntary iRest yoga nidra work for the Sussex & Surrey Fibromyalgia Support Group or working with people challenged with addiction or mental illness. She holds regular weekly classes, offers One to Ones as well as Restorative workshops and Retreats.
Still wondering …. so what kind of yoga is it?
The most commonly asked question, ‘what kind of yoga is it.” Yoga is more than a definition by any other name than the word Yoga itself. Yoga is Life in wholeness, a state of equilibrium, Being Present.
All practises are taught from the perspective of consciousness with the heart centred purpose of yoga, to develop awareness. Students are encouraged to feel into the different sensations that arise in the body and guided and encouraged to get to know their own yoga as it begins to open into their awareness from the inside. this is organic embodiment, rather than as a mechanical structure imposed on the body by the mind, from the outside.
When practises are embodied, we are no longer ruled by the ‘headquarters’ with its constant mind churnings and overwhelm from today’s constant input of tech. With embodied presence comes stillness. Embodied practises bring stability to mind and body whilst supporting the natural creative partof being human to surface. You could say that we do not do yoga, yoga actually does us! Then there is no separation between Self and Yoga. We are One. This is the integration of our polar opposites as in Hatha, right brain, left brain, masculine, feminine, sun and moon. This is the meaning of Hatha Yoga and the purpose of the deeper practises as they present within iRest Yoga Nidra.
Kathryn holds a local clinic and does home visits for private personal individually tailored one to one sessions. Suitable for any one seeking a deeper sense of peace, harmony and wellbeing. This may manifest as relief from pain, postural challenge, mental disturbance such as anxiety and depression or PTSD. Adaptive yoga teaches us how best to cope when life is just too much.
For 25 years she has worked with special needs including addictions in rehabs, mental health in psychiatric hospitals chronic pain including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. As an experienced Yoga Practitioner Kathryn leads voluntary practice for the Sussex & Surrey Fibromyalgia Support Groups.
Her work with anatomists and osteopaths intensified her curiosity of body-mind mechanics and along with meditation internalised a foundation for her practice.
This combination of esoteric awareness with structural form aids to intuit practices to best suit students needs so the body may receive the support and deep relaxation it needs to heal injuries, calm the nervous system and aid in restoring depleted energy reserves.
Adaptive Yoga makes it accessible to anyone at any stage of life. There are no limitations on who may attend, the teachings are available for everyone and that practises accessible within any range of mobility. As long as you have a body and can breath, then this yoga is for you.
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
As a consultant Yoga Practitioner Kathryn offers modules to support Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Teachers offering Post Graduate programmes.
It is Kathryn’s absolute joy to share her practice with others and with the community.
She is available for professional consultancy and private one to one. All yoga shared is adaptive, remedial and therapeutic and is individually tailored to personal needs.
Come and practise with a Beginners Mind, for a Beginners Mind is always fresh and curious and a Beginners Mind never grows old.
The physical body is composed mostly of water. When we heighten fluid activities, whether it be circulation, intercellular fluids or interstitial fluids, we are heightening resonance within the fluid body.
This increased sensitivity allows access to our true nature, our natural power, our Life Force.
Life Force flows not just through the physical body but through our whole being. Life Force is that which connects us to one another and to all life. In yoga this is known as prana.
In the Martial Arts and Chinese tradition is called chi.
With ahimsa, a non-violent approach of no forcing and no compromise and satya, truthfulness, coupled with the willingness for self-study swadhayaya, comes the possibility of being at ease in body and mind with a heartfelt sense of our own true limitless nature. Pure Being.