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Louisa Bird

300 Hr Certified

Cambridge

UK

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About Louisa

I took my first yoga class in Kathmandu, Nepal, just before my 21st birthday. When I returned from travelling to start my first proper job in London, I took regular classes with Sharon Nemes in Fulham Broadway and caught a taste of astanga yoga on a retreat with Godfrey Devereux. A few years later, I studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths' College and frequented Glenys Shepherd's Iyengar Yoga Institute of South London. Thereupon came a hiatus whilst I started "working out" at the gym and exploring different spiritual philosophies, including becoming a committee member of Kensington Unitarians. It wasn’t until I hurt my lower back that I became dissatisfied with the gym. It wasn't helping me calm my mind either.

In 2009 I went to Burning Man festival for the first time and realized I needed something more holistic and felt drawn to return once more to yoga. However, it wasn’t until I moved to Amsterdam in 2010 and took my first class with Patrick "Shukram" Vermeulen at Svaha Yoga that something just "clicked". I was getting both my physical and spiritual development all in one go, there on the mat, in Willemsstraat. Chanting with Patrick's sweet voice and the mind-blowing soundtrack that drew one's focus within, sealed the deal. I was hooked and life started changing. Whilst at Svaha Yoga I took workshops with Rusty Wells and Katchie Ananda.

In 2014 I moved to Cambridge and was pleased to find Jivamukti teachers Andrea Kwiatowski and Mark Stevens. I completed my 300 hour Certified Jivamukti Teacher Training at Omega Institute in 2016 under the supervision of Jill Abelson.

In my daily life, I work in the pharmaceutical industry. I have a Masters Degree in health promotion sciences and have a special interest in health, well-being and spirituality. I find great joy in teaching, studying and sharing yoga. Love and gratitude to my teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life for sharing their passion and inspiration, and to Patrick who ignited the spark, and which led me to Jivamukti yoga.