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Mysore Bristolʼs two teachers, Christine Gregory and Jon Hancock, started their own yoga journey back in 2001 when they stumbled upon a yoga class in a basement car park in Mumbai, India. Over the ensuing years, they returned many times to India finding that yoga provided respite from the rigours of life, especially during their mammoth overland odyssey driving a 1987 Honda Civic from their home in Bristol back to the factory where it was made in Japan.
They made it to the Suzuka factory in Japan, however thatʼs another story, but that class in Mumbai did turn out to be the first step on a very different journey that would eventually lead them to set up Mysore Bristol. Today, with 35 years of combined yoga experience behind them, theyʼre back home sharing what theyʼve learned along the way. The Honda Civic is in storage somewhere in New Jersey.
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Ashtanga Yoga practice is my life and passion. I love to share what I have been taught and itʼs so exciting to be doing this back in Bristol. I set up Mysore Bristol in 2017 after being authorised to teach by Paramaguru Sharath Jois of KPJAYI school in Mysore.
Iʼve been a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga for almost 20 years, frequently travelling to India and elsewhere to study with some amazing teachers. I have been both teaching and assisting Mysore classes for more than a decade. I am also a long-term student of the brilliant Joey Miles and have completed extensive training periods with him all over the U.K and in India. This has put me in good stead to work with the brilliant students who have become part of the Mysore Bristol fold. Seeing them learn and sweat puts a smile on my face even at 7am.
Along with Christine, I started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2001, studying with various teachers, sadhus and beatniks across India over the next few years. During this time I studied extensively at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai and completed a Yoga Alliance accredited 500 hour programme, also in India. After six months practicing with Ashtanga legend Rolf Naujokat in Goa, I returned to Mysore to practice with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI, where in 2018 he authorised me to teach. All signs pointed back to Bristol.
As well as being a registered nurse for 20 years, in 2017 I also became a Certified Rolfer. Rolfing is a type of manual therapy working with fascia that aids people to find a better relationship with the forces of gravity and ultimately helps movement and postural patterns. This has given me some interesting perspectives for practicing and teaching yoga. In recent years I have also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Joey Miles and Christine whoʼve both helped rebuild me after some further gruelling trips in the Honda Civic around Mexico and the USA. Itʼs great to be back teaching in Bristol.