Salema "V" VeliuYoga Teacher - London, UKPersonal MissionTo encourage people to realise their true potential by combining yoga with energetic alignment, manifestation and personal developement elements .Unique SpecialtyPrecise attention to alignment, energetically and anatomically .Other PassionsTravelling, cooking vegan and veggie food, dance, art, fashion and music .Websitehttps://www.lifestyleguruonthewater.com/
Salema’s fascination with the brain, mind and body started from a 'Burn out' in her thirties which promptly forced her to address her life path and purpose. Since having used yoga, philosophy, meditation as a healing modality in her own recovery. She wanted to share the benefit of these tools with others as an alternative way of recovery. Salema has now been practicing and teaching YOGA since 2004 around the globe. Her journey and training started with Karuna Yoga (a branch of Iyengar) with Ruth White in London where she studied Movement Anatomy and Fascial Anatomy for Movement and Breath advancing her studies through Scaravelli Yoga with Gary Carter and John Stirk.
Along the way travelling to Thailand and graduating in Thai Yoga Massage and Therapy. Advancing her studies in Yoga Therapeutics she attended Yoga Therapy training at Yoga Campus, London with Doug Keller and Yin Yoga Training at The Life Centre Notting Hill, London. Then during 4 years of zigging back and forth between New York and London her studies led her to practice with Frank Mauro Senior Teacher at Om Yoga NYC for two years, before finally moving across the street at Union Square to Jivamukti Yoga where she graduated as a teacher in 2009. Where she also graduated with Shiva Rea at Exhale in Venice Beach later that same year. Since then she has continued to practice and evolve with teachers who have included Elena Brower - Anusara, Katonah and Kundalini, Marc Holzman - Anusara. She is a Senior Yoga Teacher, Mentor and Teacher trainer. Her work has been featured in various blogs, podcasts and publications including Psychologies Magazine and Women’s Health and Fitness. She has taught for The Secret Yoga Club, Lululemon and presented at The Yoga Show, Mind Body Spirit Festival and has been featured on BBC Radio as well as co-hosting a well-being programme on a local London Radio station. She has been a resident teacher at Tri Yoga London at the Chelsea Studio since 2013 where she still teaches weekend offerings.
HER METHOD AND STYLE
the classes, practices + philosophies
Salema’s sessions set out to challenge the way we understand and perceive what movement is and how it affects our mind + behaviour in how we navigate our world and social interactions. It aims to help practitioners understand the link between how behavioural patterns, identity and values effect lifestyle choices. Providing a different road map into uncovering and reconnecting to the potential that lays within and our connection to each other. Explore how to enhance and reframe your physiological and emotional endurance and rewire and redesign your thinking. As you experience well-aligned asana with precise postural alignment promoting a deeper architectural awareness.
Contemplative meditations and insightful self-reflection to nourish your soul and help you to sustain a supportive and loving with yourself and others. Bringing about a heightened sense of presence in your daily life to help you feel more at ease in your body and your mind and leaving you with a feeling of profound internal wellness and inspiring a revitalised commitment to your personal practices of yoga, meditation, and your life. Salema’s unique style of teaching movement comes from combining her eastern background with her Academic studies and work in the areas of Coaching, Cognitive Psychology, Computational Neuroscience, Philosophy, AI and robotics. Encapsulating the physiology of biological motion through the lenses of science. Providing practitioners with valuable insights into how and why they move and behave the way they do. A more humanistic approach to mental and physical fitness which focuses on the neurological basis for movement, behaviour and the relationships between them. Exploring the science of Compassion, Well-Being, and Human connection as a way to promote better mental and physical health.
Physically: Focuses on the importance of creating space in the joints as well as the muscles by using varied oscillations in certain poses.
Fluid, Static and pulsating movements help cultivate and embrace the qualities of effort and grace, the ebb and flow the duality of life.
Movements cross-lateral, lateral and, asymmetrical that not only benefit the body anatomically but also cognitively helping snap the brain out of automated mode and helping to improve memory. The framework of the practice includes options to pulsate in certain poses targeting and building strength through the core muscles and helping cultivate a better connection between legs, pelvis and core.
Long Yin style holds are used flow and non flow to understand how the brain resists change and increase synaptic firing and connectivity increasing mental + physical resilience, fitness.
Mismatched Movements are sometimes used to challenge the attention of tasking aspects of the brain.
Philosophy: Every class is based around a theme taken from Eastern and/or Western
Philosophy. Including working with Eastern Chakra Philosophy to understand how to work with identity and values often sprinkled with elements of Neuroscience to provide some additional insights in the psyche.READ FULL BIO