Drop in classes: Yoga by Candle light. From 31 Oct Monday eves, St Margaret's Church, Streatham Hill, 7pm and 8.30pm.

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photo of Chris Holt

My yoga training

I trained with the Amrita School of Yoga Teacher Training, qualifying as a traditional Hatha Yoga teacher in 2008 and registered with the Independent Yoga Network. Since then I have been developing a gentle and restorative approach to yoga, studying with with Susie Hately and Judith Lasater and assisting Judith in training other yoga teachers in restorative yoga. I am a registered Relax and Renew restorative teacher and a British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher of yoga in prisons. I've also had training - and inspiration - from Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Rod Stryker, and the Scaravelli-inspired yoga of Sandra Sabatini, Sophie Hoare and Diane Long.

Love and thanks to all my teachers and students.

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About Yoga with Chris

I'm a mum of two young boys who has been practising yoga since 1995 and teaching it since 2008. Perhaps the best way to describe my approach to yoga is to tell you some of my experiences...

I've been lucky, growing up in a secure and artistic family in the Midlands and, as an adult, having some interesting jobs, mainly as a journalist and anti-poverty campaigner - but also as a barmaid and fruit picker.

But there is a dark side to everyone's life.

I've experienced loneliness, bereavement, insomnia and stress – not to mention a tendency to rely too much on booze to make my problems disappear. Physically, I've suffered neck and shoulder pain and chronic stiffness in my lower back.

The yoga I teach is the yoga that has helped - and still helps - me. It's about finding ways to relax and truly let go. It's about trying to accept myself for who I am and to stop competing or worrying what other people think.

In my yoga I am looking for balance in my body and my life and learning to love the true self inside me – not the ego that masquerades as me! By going along this journey I hope I am becoming more loving, open and able to love the people and world around me. It's usually a lot easier said than done - especially trying to get the kids ready and out to school and nursery on a damp winter morning, for example! But I've found yoga makes everyday things easier more of the time.

Yoga introduces a little space into a busy and sometimes anxious life, and I've found it's possible in that space to quieten down, reflect and find inspiration.