Listen to our in-depth conversation about life’s ups and downs, recorded at my home in London. It is all about how I have used Yoga, Alanon and my community to bravely face difficulty with awareness, acceptance and skilful choices to continue to live, love and thrive! Bonus laughs revealed at the end from Boise, the French Bull Dog!
I have been deeply moved already by the amazing feedback and comments left from our conversation. I really do hope that my story does service to inspire and encourage more to face one’s suffering, knowing you aren’t alone. If I can do it, you can too. It just takes the courage to share your vulnerability, seek support from appropriate people and practice showing up everyday honouring yourself.
I feel grateful and privilege to be interviewed alongside some amazing human beings like Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Matt Haig, Paloma Faith, Alexandra Shulman, Tom Daly & Dustin Lance Black. Celebrate Fearne’s podcasts to cultivate support by exploring times of hardship and discover how we can all find our happy place.
I am teaching 3x classes Breath-Centre Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga Classes on Friday May 11th at 12-12:45pm, 1-1:20pm, 1:30-2:15pm to book click here.
“Balance Festival, the destination for individuals embracing a healthy lifestyle. Balance unites world-class fitness trainers, awe-inspiring yogis and well-travelled chefs, with real people and awesome brands who share a common vision — to achieve a better self.” Go to Balance Festival to learn more!
Sharing the blessings found in Tantra, Ayurveda & the art of energetically sequencing and bespoking therapeutic practices for all students. www.zephyryoga.com
Bloom from within
This year is filled with an abundance of events, retreats and workshops! Below are some of the upcoming opportunities to study and practice with me and others amazing Yogis in our community.
Regular London classes visit The Life Centre & Triyoga
I have joined forces with Emily Brett founder of Ourmala to raise awareness and funds to support UK registered refugees and asylum seekers. Emily & myself will be teaching a Breath-Centric Vinyasa Ourmala Class Saturday 4:30pm. To book, click here.
Emily Brett is a yoga teacher who’s dedicated herself to working with refugees and asylum-seekers, including survivors of war, torture and modern day slavery, since 2011 when she founded the non-profit Ourmala. Ourmala stands for compassion, interconnection and social justice and is lululemon’s UK national non-profit partner. Emily’s devoted to teaching yoga’s philosophical principles through her actions – whether teaching asana or running her organisation – and her style has its roots in the beauty and wilderness of life, Ashtanga Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, poetry and the teachings of classic yogis such as Ramana Maharshi. Emily’s practiced yoga and meditation since 1999 and her training includes multiple trips to Mysore, a 30 day silent meditation retreat, a Diploma in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery with Harvard’s Refugee Trauma Programme, an MA in Creative Writing and a 500 Hour Yoga Teaching Diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga as a 500 Hour Yoga Teacher.
Sweatlife is back – and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. We are taking over the Tobacco Dock in East London 23-24 June for two days of sweaty, stretchy, thought-provoking fun. Join us for 48 hours of the best workouts the city has to offer, yoga with local and globally renowned teachers and inspiring panels with thought leaders from the fitness and wellness community.
I am teaching Sunday 24th 9:30am Breath-Centric Vinyasa Flow. To book, click here
To learn more about the lineup and schedule, click here.
5 Days of Skiing, Yoga, Hikes and relaxing at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel & Spa, known for ‘Uncomplicated hospitality, award-winning cuisine, superlative spa and wellness facilities, breathtaking views, and the luxury of a private mountain railway – a place of unique moments!’
Yoga refines our movement and breath. In its therapeutic applications, asana and pranayama become the tools by which we address patterns of movement, breath and being that are at the root of chronic pain, limitation and even disease. Because of the way we’re built, and the lives we live we all face challenges individual in our life and practice, often with chronic pain. Our own structure and patterns of movement often lead us directly into these problems, unless we recognize and change them. Even when we exercise regularly or have a regular practice, we allow some muscles to dominate, leaving others weak and unused. This can eventually lead to pain and injury, even for the experienced practitioner.
The treatment of addiction, depression, anxiety and other mental disorders is increasingly relying on alternative methods of therapy as more about the root causes of such disorders are understood. Treatment centres and Psychologists are increasingly taking a page from the mindfulness movement to holistically treat patients that suffer mental trauma and the afflictions that are symptomatic of a life out of balance. Movement and breathing techniques have been proven to be effective to aid in recovery for all sorts of mental disorders and Yoga has risen to the forefront as alternative therapy in a science that up until recently focused solely on a cognitive approach to therapy. But, as the barometer for assessment and treatment of overall mental health changes, is yoga as a therapy really all that alternative?
The definition of Yoga has roots firmly grounded in a focus on self-understanding. The more we understand ourselves, our habits and our suffering the more we have choices to align ourselves with the true path and the state of balanced flow. The equilibrium and harmony of a balanced life takes in to account the spiritual, the mental and the physical. Yoga, at it’s fundamental core is an exercise in developing a strong and balanced state for all three. Yoga puts the same amount of emphasis on, and gives an equal importance to, the emotional health as it does physical health.
This course taps into the Yogic roots of holistic health and focuses on the skill in action yoga creates, helping to bring self-knowledge and the ability to identify and enact constant beneficial corrections as we follow our path. The course is designed for Advanced Yoga Students and Teachers and will introduce an adaptation of the 12 steps of Recovery to develop skills that will aid students to identify suffering in our lives and how to move past them. We will use Vinyasa and Kriya yoga, as well as Meditation and Yoga Nidra to create bespoke therapies for the sufferings of our clients, our students and most importantly, ourselves.
Over the course, Zephyr will discuss the basic neuroscience, behavioural patterns and simple techniques to support strategies in enhancing emotional well being in a yoga practice. Zephyr will lecture on yogic theories and begin to map out the foundation in bespoking a client’s therapy to a client’s condition. Emphasis will be on seeing a holistic picture of a client by using the yogic sciences and techniques as resources to address imbalances. Application of these yogic resources will be through practice of Vinyasa flow and Kriya yoga.
The course will draw from the the yogic principles of:
Chakras & Granthis
Rasa of Emotions
Turning the focus now inward and working on the 12 Steps ourselves, Zephyr will illustrate personally how this method works in creating positive routines and habits to help those suffering. Drawing from the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths, The Eight Limbs of Yoga and the philosophy behind Kriya Yoga, Zephyr will help students identify their own sufferings and how those may create routines and habits that can influence the paths we follow and the imbalances that arise.
I have known Lucy Edge for many years now as we orbit around the same yoga circles in the UK. With a genuinely warm and affable nature she has always been one of those people one feels safe opening up to. She is known for eliciting insightful discussions and interviews that uncover interesting perspectives from people within our community. Recently we had an honest discussion about loss and love, addiction and recovery and how Yoga and the Twelve Step Fellowship are some tools to create lasting happiness through practice. I hope you find it helpful and that it inspires you to keep growing, seeking and thriving in life!
Lucy has kindly offered a 20% Discount to her shop using the code ZEPHYR20 till the end of January! Click here for Yogaclicks
Lucy Edge is a yoga advocate, a champion of yogi makers and creators, and the founder of yogaclicks.store. She is also the author of three yoga-themed books including the bestselling travel memoir Yoga School Dropout and her first novel Down Dog Billionaire.
For further support & ways to practice
On average, for 1 addict it affects 10 people. Their is AA, NA, DA, OA, ABA, SLA & Alanon too. We heal together, as a community with a common denominator in which we courageously face our stuff with a great amount of compassion and empathy. Go to http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/to find out more about Ala-teen and Alanon. We are an anonymous group, however not secret. I am consciously breaking my anonymity to make london aware these groups are here to support if needed.
I will be teaching a 4 part workshop the 22nd, 29th April, 6th, 13th May at Triyoga Teaching Yoga to help with Addiction and Recovery Workshop with Zephyr Wildman click here to read my blog “I am an addict.”
I hope you have had a good start to your New Year and I wish you clarity in the way forward.
This year is filling up with some exciting retreats, workshops and events. Cycling in the Atlas, Hiking in the Swiss Alps, Walking the Cornish Coastline and many more ways to explore one’s self-discovery through Yoga!
My shared intention this year with you, is to celebrate awakening, fearlessness and optimism in life! I hope you will join me on one (or many) of the Yogic adventures I have planned!
The Life Centre Notting Hill Monday’s 9:30-10:45am & 5:30-6:30pm Breath-Centric Vinyasa Notting Hill Wednesday’s 9:30-10:45am Breath-Centric Vinyasa Notting Hill Friday’s 4-5:30pm & 5:45-7pm Breath-Centric Vinyasa
Rob and Nick Carter Gallery complimentary Yoga Class 6:30-7:30pm Tuesday with drinks & Yoga Photograms book afterwards. 9th Januaryat 5A Bathurst Street, London W2 2 SD. All welcome!
Writer and founder of www.yogaclick.comLucy Edge interviewed me on Life, Yoga and Recovery. Out January 11th. In the meantime she has offered my students a 20% discount use the code ZEPHYR20 till the end of January!!!!
Monday’s 5:30pmThe Life Centre Notting Hill Class is an Ourmaladonation class for every 1x class ticket purchased, it supports 2x asylum seekers and/or refugees who are registered at the home office find support in creating healing in the community.
I am assisting my teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker with his upcoming London Workshops; Tantra and the Heart Lotus & Yoga Nidra with Yogacampus in November 2018. Bookings for these workshops will be later this year with Yogacampus and further information is at Parayoga.