Vasudeva came to Yoga from a martial arts background, having practiced Judo from the tender age of 3. Only starting to train in Yoga in 2002, after he made peace with his martial training. Both his parents happened to be keen Yoga practitioners. His father being a Sivananda Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Kung teacher as well as a massage therapist and his mother being experienced in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga styles. His practice developed partly with them, but mostly through diligent self-practice.
It was in 2006 that Vasudeva became a Sivananda Yoga teacher, receiving initiation from Swami Govindananda in small Sivananda Ashram in the Himalayas.
His work as a Yoga teacher leads him into the world of Thai Yoga Massage which is an excellent body/energy work complement to Hatha Yoga. Qualifying as a practitioner in spring 2008 and as an advanced practitioner in the summer. Vasudeva is now assisting his teacher Kira in London and TTYMA teacher/examiner Amy in Glasgow.
The meditation and relaxation involved in Yoga have awakened a keen interest in Hypnotherapy which he is now studying at a practitioner level with the Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Chieko is Thai Foot Massage therapist working in the central Edinburgh area. Chieko started Ballet and Music training as a young child and then moved on in adolescence to the study of Alexander Technique and Reiki (in London), and then Yoga and Massage (in Edinburgh). Now in her twenties, Chieko has been both a primary classroom assistant and a carer and homeworker for those suffering from long-term illness and has a broad range of experiences that enliven her practice. Chieko studies and practices both Hatha and Ashtanga yoga as well as running her own jewelry making workshops.
Chieko is passionate about people, health, and physical awareness. Experiences gained from studying at the feet of several different yoga teachers, bodyworkers and carers have taught her a range of different disciplines that deepen her experience of life. The expertise and kindness of her teachers enables her to touch others in a practice that is both relaxing, releasing and reviving. Chieko will be pursuing further study in Reflexology in the future and is happy to talk with people about their interests in Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Shiatsu.