Hi, I’m Aliya

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I’ve been an enthusiastic student of yoga philosophy and practice ever since I stumbled across a very 1970s-esque ‘Teach Yourself Yoga’ book (think muscular, moustachioed man in full lotus, hovering in mid-air on a sepia-toned cover). It was a case of right time, right inspiration. I was 17, and on top of the standard existential angst, was seeking ways to make sense of a world in which there appeared to be so much struggle, internally and externally. Since then, I’ve wandered the path, veered away from it, and wandered back with even greater devotion.

I can wholeheartedly say that throughout, to whatever degree I’ve integrated into my life, yoga has been and remains an essential framework that helps me feel, move and think with more intention and insight.

These days, inspired by many years delving into ecological spirituality, yogic philosophy, Stoicism, the Tao, and numerous approaches to physical wellbeing and psychological enquiry, my personal practice weaves together the core fundamentals of Hatha Yoga, Viniyoga and Vinyasa sequencing (“consciousness in motion”, as Shiva Rea puts it so beautifully).

In 2018, my love of yoga and Nature led me to Costa Rica, where – as well as the heart-soaring experience of a few weeks in the wilderness – I gained my Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training Certification at the Blue Osa Centre.

Alongside my yoga practice and teaching, I’m an essayist and freelance writer.

Much like yoga, the art of communication has the power to transform how we relate to ourselves (internal chatter, thought loops and mind weeds), to other people (conversation, poetry, music, verbal and written/online expression) and crucially, to our shared spaces (dis/connection at the social, ecological and planetary level).

I’ve spent all my life, 20+ years of it professionally, exploring and writing about the human condition, mental health, science and the environment. All of which has deepened my understanding of how people work and the benefits that insightful change can bring.

The digested read: I enjoy working with people using yoga and the power of words. And like all good things that have the potential to ripple outwards like a wave towards the sea, I believe that positive energy is worth sharing.

To quote B.K.S Iyengar: "Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action."