WELCOME TO OUR NEW SERIES - MEET THE TEACHERS, AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW SOME OF OUR INSPIRING YOGA TEACHERS AND HEAR ABOUT THEIR YOGA JOURNEY.
This week, meet Nigel Farrer. Nigel has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, seeing it as a support to his practice of meditation which has been part of his life for much longer. His focus is on the more vigorous vinyasa approach to yoga, particularly Astanga and Jivamukti. He teaches Hatha Flow class on Sunday mornings, and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Hatha Flow, Astanga and Jivamukti.
1) Tell us about yourself and how you became a yoga teacher, what training you undertook and the type of yoga you now teach.
I started yoga teaching almost by accident. Having been practicing yoga for a number of years in several different styles but mostly Ashtanga and Jivamukti, I wanted to deepen my practice through an intensive yoga retreat. Most retreats on offer were more focussed on destressing and relaxing, so I ended up doing the Jivamukti 300 hour teacher training at the beautiful Omega Centre in upstate New York. When I returned several teachers were asking me to do sub teaching for them, and things just grew from there. I now teach dynamic vinyasa yoga, and my classes are mostly a blend of Jivamukti and Ashtanga.
2) What do you enjoy most about life in Sligo?
I live next door in Leitrim, having moved here from southern England in 2015. I was looking to escape the overcrowded, overstressed lifestyle and adopt a saner way of living. This part of Ireland really fits the bill with its forests, lakes and wonderful surf beaches, and having lived in large cities most of my life, even just breathing the beautiful fresh air here is a pleasure!
3) What motivates you to teach yoga?
I have gained so much benefit through yoga, it’s something that I like to share with others.
4) What brought you to Salt & Soul?
I heard about Salt & Soul from other yoga teachers shortly after it first opened. I started coming to classes, and it wasn’t long before I was teaching here myself.
5) What is the most rewarding thing about teaching yoga for you?
The part of teaching I find most rewarding is to see familiar faces regularly showing up to classes, and to watch their progress as the practice does its work. I particularly try to encourage people to gently stretch their boundaries, and it’s great to see their delight when they manage a more challenging posture for the first time. Above all I like seeing people leave the class energised and happy.
See our timetable to see Nigel's classes this week: www.saltandsoul.ie/timetable/