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Important notice: Some users are experiencing login issues due to a technical issue upstream with our booking system provider. Their engineers are working on it. Until then you can still log in and book via 1) the triyoga app or 2) the triyoga Client Portal here.

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teacher focus: Dorita Sheriff

There I was in a shoulder stand with tears in my eyes, crying and I did not know why. I’d been given a yoga kit at Christmas and had decided to try it out. That was my first yoga class in a local authority gym and the beginning of a journey I’m still on…

I grew up in West London born of Spanish parents. I think it’s fair to say I was energetic and chatty, even at a young age and loved physical activity – my mum said when I was young I’d just let go of her hand and run! At school I participated in all sports with gusto and outside of school I did ballet. I loved it but grew too tall and did not pursue it after I was 15.

Interesting fact number 1: I love music and spent my school years (often bunking off) in record shops. I have quite a vinyl collection which I still play.

I did well at school and followed the well-trodden path of school, university, then a city job! I was passionate about languages and travel; that’s what I had studied at university and I can speak several – but that’s me all over, now I can chat to even more people!!

Interesting fact number 2: Whilst at university I sang in a band. Our percussion player was Omid Djalili and our guitarist went on to form the 90s band The Brand New Heavies.

I missed physical activity but found the gym and aerobics classes uninspiring. Sure I would sweat and do cardio but it lacked something. Whilst at work I satisfied my lust for travel and did a good amount of travelling.

Interesting  fact number 3: I’ve been to India many times but never to do yoga.

So I find myself in shoulder stand with my baggy t-shirt round my ears (this is before yoga gear) and left the class wandering why I was so discombobulated. I knew I had to return. I’d found the physical aspect relatively easy – I was young and quite flexible, but there was more going on here. Something more subtle

I did my first 200 hour training with Anne Marie Newland. She had studied and lived in India following the Sivananda tradition. I started teaching full time nearly ten years ago. I have since studied with many teachers – Kirsten Campbell and Anna Ashby to name a few, as well as spending a lot of time at the London Jivamukti centre.

I have to say I learn something from EVERY teacher and from many of my students too. I currently spend a lot of time with Michael Saunders who I adore as it’s not just what he says in the room, but the silence he holds – that’s when the magic happens for me.

As a teacher and student my practice shifts as I learn to adapt to life/injuries/energy changes. I’m always striving to be more kind and loving of myself and of my students. Do I have bad days? Sure. Do I get tired and feel overwhelmed at times? Of course. But it’s all outweighed by how I feel after practice. The connection that comes from the special, almost intimate moments I share with my students –those moments are like a beautiful and exhilarating collective exhale.

Dorita Sheriff teachers triyoga Hot Open from 7.45 – 9.00pm on Mondays in Chelsea. She also teaches Vinyasa Flow Level 1 from 6.15 – 7.30pm and Warm Vinyasa Flow Open Level from 7.45 – 8.45pm on Tuesdays in Ealing. Click here to view her schedule book a class.

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