I have been practicing yoga for a long time and I am often reminded of the many ways it brings happiness and encouragement to my life. I am qualified to teach in Iyengar and Anusara styles and have trained with the best teachers in India, USA and United Kingdom.
I started Iyengar yoga to help restore movement in my neck after a whiplash injury and yoga practice restored full movement. 15 years into my practice, I started Anusara yoga. As I was born with a sacralised vertebra that caused progressive instability and degeneration, I was delighted to discover that the alignments taught in Anusara yoga, combined with regular studio pilates practice, enabled me to manage the problem so that I am now virtually pain free. Learning how to conquer these two physical problems has been invaluable for teaching yoga students how to explore ways of healing.
I have always been attracted to find ways of inspiring students to align with their own beauty as well as aligning their physical body, and to practice yoga from that place of beauty. I love to see my students revitalise themselves and restore health, light-heartedness and good will in their busy lives.
I emphasize alignment principles that support students to find their core and practice from that foundation. Physical core? Spiritual core? For me as a teacher and practitioner, those kinds of boundaries continue to dissolve as my yoga practice matures.
Rita has practiced alignment-based hatha yoga for over 25 years in a number of traditions: Anusara, Iyengar, Okido and Yin. She has studied with wonderful teachers who are leaders in their field. Rita is a long-term practitioner at Urban Grace. Rita is certified to teach Yin Yoga and Ryoho Yoga Therapy. She is also a qualified shiatsu therapist.
'I feel that I benefit from Jane’s many years of experience teaching yoga. She has a way of explaining a pose in simple wording that make it easier to achieve the full benefits and delight from the pose.'
'I have been resurrected by yoga and Jane at Urban Grace. I began yoga at 60+ feeling old, stiff and getting weaker. 20 months later I can do a headstand! I am stronger, straighter and more alert. Yahoo Yoga at Urban Grace.'
'The truth is, I only found yoga through my teacher, Jane Robinson. I had tried many variations of yoga in many places but nothing quite fit. With Jane, there is a deep and innate understanding of the body, the mind, the greater universe and the recognition that we are all individuals. This is the most encouraging environment to learn in and practice yoga. Jane’s years of experience, dynamic teaching, honesty and diligence make for the most enjoyable, unique classes and my yoga career.'