Get to Know Camyoga Member, Stephen Green
Occupation: Accountant for 30 years up to February this year. Currently using a rather generous redundancy package to have a year (or two) of yoga.
What brought you to yoga?
The after effects of surgery to remove a prolapsed disc from my lower back. I pretty much tried everything and Alexander Technique started me on a long term fascination with all forms of somatics – Feldenkrais, and Chi Gung in particular.
I stumbled across Camyoga on the internet a month after being made redundant having just been accepted to do a Chi Gung teacher training course in London. My chiropractor had advised that my scoliosis would become more debilitating if I persisted with office work and I was totally disenchanted with corporate life. Since April, I have been to over fifty classes as Camyoga. I cannot remember my back feeling as free as it does now. It is not always a pleasant process releasing chronic tensions – ‘stuff comes up’, but the rewards are enormous. The teachers at Camyoga, and I think I have tried most of them, are all excellent and I feel very fortunate to have found such an inspiring school of yoga so close to home.
What do you do when you are not doing yoga?
Cycling, canoeing, and walking, mostly in the company of my two daughters, Zoe and Eleni.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Turtle / tortoise – it’s hugely calming and keeps you really closely connected to the breath. Iyengar says it’s a sacred pose and I am beginning to understand why.
What is your least favorite yoga pose and why?
Any form of handstand, so far I cannot remotely do it.
What is one quality you have taken off the mat and incorporated into your daily life?
Being happy for no particular reason.
An interesting fact about Stephen that you may not know is that he was born in the Solomon Islands.