Rick’s formal training was in the classic Hatha style, while his very early teachers used a Japanese style that is based on the seasons, Chinese medicine, and is very core focused. These, along with the many classes he’s been to have all been influences, but he tends to teach with a focus on core
strength and slower movement focusing on alignment and breathing, and often using props such as straps, blocks and blankets to help as arm and floor extensions.
Physiologically we’re all different, with vastly different levels of strength, flexibility and old injuries to work around. Sometimes it’s just impossible to approach a ‘classic’ posture which is where modifications and props come in to help ease our movement.
Physical yoga is more than just stretching. Our breath dictates where we start and stop the movement. The breath and movement being inextricably linked.
‘Yoga is movement contained within the breath’ is something you’ll hear in class, an aphorism picked up from an early teacher.
And while we tend to focus on the physical benefits, he feels the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation are probably more powerful than the physical. Having battled lifelong anxiety, Rick believes that meditation with yoga can give you the mental space to help manage that most debilitating disorder.
“A regular meditation practice allows our mind to put things in perspective, things become less overwhelming. Meditation acting like a circuit breaker allows us to manage the stresses of life in a much more healthy way and live life with greater perspective.”