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I spent my early working life as a Secretary but later decided to train in Health and Beauty and became a successful beauty and complementary therapist, practising Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology and various other therapies.
Despite my professional success and the growth of my healing work, I felt a calling for a deeper spiritual quest. That calling was answered in 1975 when I walked into Swami Pragyamuti yoga class at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in Clapham. From then on, I dedicated myself to my practice and this was the beginning of my spiritual journey.
I was very privileged to be around during these times when Swami Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati (Swamiji) was regularly touring Europe, including London. and was blessed to receive my mantra initiation and a spiritual name. During one of Swami Satyananda's London visits, I was assigned to teach on his program at Caxton Hall. This spurred me on to pursue a teaching career so I enrolled on the teachers training course with the British Wheel of Yoga. I also attended many retreats and spent several years learning and practising Chakras and Kriya Yoga with Swami Janakananda.
In 1984, I took the plunge and was initiated by Swamiji into a sannyasa; I became Swami Anasakti Saraswati. This was followed by a long trip to India where I spent time living in the Ashram in Munger and studied various yoga topics including Kundalini yoga under the direct guidance of Swamiji. When I returned to the UK the following year, the first Satyananda Teaching course was established (Bihar School of Yoga), so I continued my 2 years teaching diploma with them. I never stop developing my practices and also regularly attended Vipassana Buddhist Meditation retreats for a number of years.
My yoga work and studies were sustained by my therapy work as I strongly believe that being a yoga teacher is not about fame, success nor money but about opening the space for others to find love, peace, spirituality and true meaning in their lives. I therefore spent the last 30 plus years practising and teaching complementary therapies yoga and meditation, working with people who needed it most, such as providing Yoga Therapy for cancer care, mental health, people with learning difficulties, drugs rehabilitation and general physical problems. During this time I have spent about 20 years in Adult Education passing these skills to the general public, by running regular classes, teaching from beginners to experienced yogis, running workshops, courses on various aspects of yoga, and providing In-Service Training for various organisations.
I returned to India the early 2000's and, following the guidance of my Guru, travelled to various parts of the country where I discovered additional aspects of my spiritual journey. It has been a honour to teach in various locations throughout the UK and Europe working for various yoga organisations such as the British Wheel of Yoga, Satyananda Yoga as well as leisure centres (i.e. Fitness First) various London Education Authorities (London Borough of Merton, Croydon, Wandsworth, Southwark, Greenwich) as well as private organisations.
British Wheel of Yoga, Bihar School of Yoga,
City and Guilds Teachers Certificate Stages 1 and 2
Registered Yoga Therapist-Complementary Health and Natural Therapy Council