Meet Estheryour teacher
Hi, I’m Esther Nagle
For most of my 20’s and 30’s I was a stressed out, caffeine, wine, cigarettes, marijuana and sugar fuelled mess. Utterly unable to cope with the stress of my somewhat chaotic life, I piled stress upon stress, and numbed myself out to
cope run away from it all. There weren’t many problems in life that couldn’t be ‘solved’, or ignored, with one, or all of the above, and some good loud music.
It was my love of music that was to lead me to my eventual recovery and salvation. Inspired by my love of George Harrison, I came to Yoga and loved it. When my stressful life finally got too much and I had a breakdown, I quit my job and trained to teach Yoga. My training transformed my life, helping me to manage the stress and long unacknowledged addictions I had lived with for so long.
Yoga gave me a whole new lease of life, resilience and stress management strategies, a healthy body, calm and peaceful mind, better sleep and, for the first time in my life, acceptance of who I am. At the age of 45 I can finally say I like the person I am, and that feels good.
My Yoga teaching
I teach a style of Hatha Yoga called Rishiculture Asthanga Yoga. It is a very traditional style of Yoga which has its roots in the ancient text, The Yoga Sutras. The tradition is known nowadays as Gitanada Yoga, named after Swami Gitananda, whose teachings I was trained in. This style of Yoga places a great emphasis on releasing tension in the body, training the body and mind to recognise the difference between tension and relaxation. We work a lot with the breath in the postures, using the breath to help the body and mind to relax.
Yoga is not merely about the body, and in the Yoga Sutras we also learn how to become aware of how we behave to ourselves and others, and how we think and speak to ourselves. Yoga is concerned with the whole being, and takes care of all aspects of our existence – our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects all become balanced through Yoga.
My yoga manifesto
I think that Yoga is misunderstood and undervalued in the modern world. I believe that it truly has the power to make the world a better place, and us better, happier humans
- We live in a world that is artificially and deliberately stressful; Yoga offers us the tools to remedy this both in our individual lives and as a species
- Yoga is a whole being philosophy that values the body we live in, but doesn’t make demands on how it looks or what we clothe it in as long as we are healthy and maintain our dignity in our clothing
- Yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, weight, flexibility or any other perceived barriers. If you can breathe and say thank you, you can practice yoga in some form.
- Yoga does not need gimicks or expensive props or clothing.
- Alcohol and Yoga do not mix, and should never be marketed together.
- Yoga offers us the moral and ethical foundations to save humanity from the global economic, political, millitary and environmental crises we live in