I believe that the rich teachings and practices of Yoga and Buddhism are meant to be easily accessible to everyone to facilitate health and personal growth.
Over the past years my classes reached yoga studios, gyms, conference rooms, parks, beaches, yachts, festivals, retreats, and Youtube, promoting deep-rooted personal development and wellbeing, with my students feeling restored and rejuvenated after each session.
Let's explore how my teachings can specifically help you. With my expertise, I'm here to assist you in Haṭha Yoga, mindfulness-based Yoga for stress management, and personal development. I will look into arranging a free taster session designed especially for your needs to help us reveal the best plan for going forward.
Paula Kaminska, Teacher & Founder at THE YOGI.
I've founded THE YOGI in 2015 with the focus on incorporating key principles of Yoga into everyone's life. My core Yoga teachings are based on the standard eight auxiliaries of Rāja Yoga (Pātañjala Yoga), traditional Haṭha Yoga, Dr Pillai's system of kriyā, prāṇāyāma and meditation, with a spiritual blessing from Svāmī Śivānanda Paramahaṃsa (of Kerala, India).
Each my Yoga class combines meditation (dhyāna) with physical exercises (āsanas), deep relaxation (śavāsana & nidrā), mindfulness, breathing and purification techniques (prāṇāyāma & kriyā) as well as lifestyle guidance (yamas & niyamas) to promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, overall health, clarity, balance and peace.
In my practice, every part of the individual is perceived as intimately interconnected and fully understood only within the context of the whole. In this holistic approach, all aspects of one's whole being are nourished and balanced through the heightened awareness and integration of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self-development.
With the intention to experience balance within every aspect of one's being, it's a way of life that can be put into practice by anyone.
MY METHODS & APPROACHES
My deep interest in personal development was revealed very early with a love for martial arts.
I was drawn by recurring themes of spiritual and philosophical development achievable through individual meditation and training. There was a particular recognition of self-consciousness, intent, inner peace, breathing techniques and medicinal practices.
I am a registered, insured and fully qualified Holistic Yoga Teacher trained by the Devon School of Yoga (500 hours), following on from successful completion of the DSY's Foundation Yoga program.
"The word 'Mahatma' it means great soul
and it's inside of us just waiting to unfold."
MC Yogi, musician
In 2008 I completed my first Yoga-based personal development program with the Art of Living Foundation which inspired me with a desire to join the community of teachers.
Since then I have been seeking out my path through various schools of Buddhism, Yoga, relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, personal development, and psychology.
My Yoga lineage can be traced back to Svāmī Śivānanda Paramahaṃsa, the founder of the Siddha Samaj path. He was of a great influence on Dr B. Padmanabha Pillai in his early years, initially making him a Yoga and martial arts adept. In 1949 Dr Pillai became a director of the Institute of Yogic Culture in Kerala, India.
The principal teacher, founder and director of the Devon School of Yoga, Duncan Hulin, spent three consecutive Winters in South India studying with Dr Pillai. Duncan's input into the world of Yoga inspired me to move to the South West of England in 2013 where his school is based. I have been learning Duncan's approach to Yoga ever since then.
Svāmī Śivānanda Paramahaṃsa
Dr B. Padmanabha Pillai
“Paula's passion for yoga comes across in all her teaching. She is dedicated to her own learning, development and growth and is creative and clear in her yoga instruction.”Annie Metcalfe
“Paula has definitely changed my life for the better through her passion for yoga and our yoga practice!”Maureen Gori de Murden
“Paula is an excellent yoga teacher – so relaxing and calming. I have really enjoyed working with her and the classes she has facilitated have been well received by our team.”Beth Rogers
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