With experience in the boxing ring, on ultra marathon routes, studying law and with 9 years of having a yoga mat in hand, Adam brings something unique to the yoga mix.
Based in London, Adam (500RYT) teaches regular classes and workshops, along with international events and retreats, whilst also being one of the Boys of Yoga. His love of anatomy has led him to specialising in Alignment Based Vinyasa Yoga, studying at an advanced level under Jason Crandell. Adam’s creatively sequenced classes feature long holds, controlled movements, intelligent alignment and deep exploration of depth in postures. They’re also dogma free!
Who/What inspired you to teach?
My intention was never to become a full time teacher actually. When I did my initial teacher training, it was simply to build my own knowledge after 6 years of practice, and maybe teach some of the teenagers that I worked with in a non-profit. Opportunities came up in studios and I was suddenly teaching 13 classes a week and doing a full time job. After years working in the non-profit sector, I came to the decision that I could have a far greater effect on the world teaching yoga: in particular teaching those who have a wide social impact to be a touch more mindful in their daily lives and in their interactions with people they have influence over.
A simple headstand. I don’t teach them much in general drop-in classes as they need to be done properly to be safe (you’ve got a huge amount of weight in the thin column of the cervical spine!), but I spend as much of the day as possible in one. For me, being upside down in headstand has pretty much exactly the same benefits as any other inversion, but you can happily build up to holding it for 10-20 minutes.
Post-class pick me up?
I’m normally leaving the studio at 9.30pm after my final class, so instead of a ‘pick me up’ I’m looking for a ‘tuck me up’ in bed! I’m known to be tapped up on a pretty constant supply of juices and smoothies during the day.
Oh, although I’m generally pretty healthy, between classes my body does demand a little sugary treat. On a good day its some fruit…on a bad day its a 25p Fudge. Bargain though.
You know it’s gonna be a good day when…?
I know that I can get myself to a public class and I know exactly what time that class will be and when.