The Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket has
appointed Kimberly Roberts as yoga teacher. Kimberly has been
devoted to Ashtanga discipline since 1992.
In addition to ongoing
classes, Kimberly will offer special workshops on various aspects
of the yoga tradition periodically throughout the year. She will
also host master teachers to offer in-depth programs on the
philosophy and practical applications of yoga.
Kimberly will host her inaugural weekend yoga
retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre between 18 and 20 November 2011.
The weekend is suitable for all levels of practitioners searching
for a boost to mind, body and soul.
Kimberly’s background as
a student of Tibetan Buddhism lends a contemplative aspect to her
teaching style; her view of the Ashtanga system is as a support to
settle the body and mind into meditation. Programmes will explore
the traditional practice of Ashtanga yoga, incorporating insights
from the Buddhist teachings to offer an expanded and deeper view
of the Ashtanga practice.
“The benefit of yoga practice is
that it prepares the body for meditation,” Kimberly said. “You
don’t have to be anywhere else but exactly where you are to
experience these benefits. Phuket is a wonderful
location to practice, especially surrounded by the natural beauty
of a national park and the simple elegance of Thanyapura’s
Kimberly began her committed
practice of Ashtanga yoga in 1992 under the guidance of Richard
Freeman, while studying for a masters degree in contemplative
psychology at Naropa University in Colorado, USA. Greatly inspired
by his teachings, she practiced and eventually taught with him in
Colorado for ten years and still regularly studies with him.
After a year spent studying with Sri Pattabhi Jois and his
grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India, she became
authorised to teach the Ashtanga yoga system. In addition,
Kimberly earned a teaching certificate from the White Lotus
Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She has also been a
dedicated student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1992 and has sat
numerous meditation retreats as both participant and teacher.
Kimberly has taught yoga and meditation in an eclectic variety
of settings, including schools, retreat centres, embassies,
treatment centres, and hotels in North America, Europe and Asia.
She ran retreats in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, directed the yoga
programme at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong
from 2006-07 and most recently, organised retreats in Bhutan.
Thanyapura Mind Centre offers teachings
in meditation, yoga and related practices to all who seek greater
meaning and fulfilment in their lives. The centre also brings
these ancient contemplative practices together with rigorous
modern scientific methods, including neuroscience and psychology.
Teachings at the Mind Centre are open to all.
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