Mala recently returned to England after living and studying in India for three years. Combined with her extensive time working in Denmark and Zanzibar, she has a fascinating mix of different experiences and cultures and professional fields. In India she added exponentially to her skills with a 500 hour, intensive, Yoga teacher training course, with International Yoga Alliance ambassador Dinesh Shastri in Rishikesh. She spent 18 months at Yog Ganga Centre for Yoga Studies in Rajpur, with teachers Ravij and Swati Chanchani. She completed a 300 hour Yoga Therapy training in Goa with the Kashmir Shivaism Yoga School.
Mala came to Therapy Yoga because of her own injuries: she started to study and change her own yoga practice. She learned that not only could she fix her body through therapeutic yoga techniques but the body could actually heal and rejuvenate itself. Mala brings compassion, empathy and knowledge to her students, seeing herself as a guide to help them self-heal. Mala helps her students navigate the complex, all encompassing, ancient wisdom and science of yoga, applying these teachings in a modern setting.
‘Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.’ TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar