Alexandra Redmond, our teacher, has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She holds a diploma of Yoga Teacher from the British School of Yoga (BSY). She is a member of the National Association of Yoga Teachers (YANI).
Alex also has a diploma of Meditation Teacher accreditated by the National UK Therapists Register (SFTR).
Additionally, Alex is a Reiki Master Teacher and practices and teaches in the Japanese Usui Style of Reiki.
Alex is British Expat and came to live in Ogliastra in 2009, in order to enjoy a simpler and quieter life, surrounded by the beauty of the island and the friendly hospitality of the people of this area.
Alex has taught students from around the world, many of whom English is a second language, and as a result her teaching style has developed with a strong emphasis on demonstration. Her teaching style is intuitive and adaptive, with a good dose of humour! As a meditation and mindfulness teacher, Alex is influenced by these practices in her yoga teaching and encourages students to work with compassion and kindness towards themselves, always listening to the signals the body is sending and respecting temporary (or permanent) limitations of the student’s physical body. She uses a mix of static postures and gentle flow sequences.
Alex also loves to guide students through full Yoga Nidra practices with her calming and gentle voice.
As well as group classes offered in various towns in the area during the winter and the summer classes at the beaches of Ogliastra, Alex can also offer private yoga classes, guided meditation or guided relaxation for individuals, small groups or couples.
Alex writes ”
I am a conscious human being and what that means to me is that I try to live in a conscious, present way, trying to be aware of how my words and actions impact on others: I am not always successful, but that is my aim and my intention.
What that means to you is that I am not concerned about your religious or political views, your sexuality, your race what country you were born in; I am interested only in how you treat yourself, other people, animals, nature and the environment.
I teach meditation and Yoga; for me, personally, these things are not religious or new-age and they are not about being physically perfect, fit and super flexible, but a way of connecting and understanding myself and others, a tool to break free from the chains of destructive, cyclic behaviours, to learn about my body, mind and how I can better deal with the path of my existence.
“What have you gained from Meditation?”
“However, let me tell you what I lost : Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old, Age and Death.”
Since I began these practices I have undergone comprehensive changes of attitude, I am less angry, no longer suffer constantly with mood swings; from depression to euphoria and back again, and I no longer have that constant feeling of things not being as they are “supposed to be” or “not quite right” and I also no longer have that constant fear of everything, including death.
I am immensely grateful for my life, I find joy in the simplest things and I am blessed to be able to share what I can with the people who choose to come to my classes, share a laugh with me, and be part of my life. I am always learning and I am grateful for all the lessons that have brought me to this place of peace.