In the latest of our ‘Meet the Teacher’ interviews, we speak to Darryl George, one of Clerkenwellbeing’s fantastic yoga practitioners and also Creative Director at an ad agency. Darryl sheds light on the similarities between these two seemingly different worlds, explains why he is passionate about yoga and tells us what to expect from his classes.
Professionally, you have enjoyed a successful career working in communications, currently as Creative Director at an advertising agency– a very different world! What made you decide to train as a yoga teacher?
“Ha. Yes, I guess they do seem like chalk and cheese. Actually there are some similarities. As an Advertising Creative Director you have to become fascinated with things that most people don’t really think too deeply about, like tooth brushes, pet food and bed mattresses. You then try to get people to connect with them in a different way.
“I take the same approach when teaching yoga. Students are encouraged to put their complete awareness into their bodies so that they can become endlessly fascinated and connected with themselves. A lot of people think that yoga is about out-of-body experiences but it’s actually a journey inward, which is awesome because it’s accessible to anyone.”
What do you personally get from yoga and teaching others?
“As someone who has suffered with anxiety, yoga helps me to accept who I am. Actually, scrap that… It helps me to love who I am, tight hamstrings and all.
“Teaching yoga is rewarding in a different way. I’m lucky enough to see students letting go of preconceived ideas of what they can and can’t do whilst learning to laugh at themselves when they get things wrong.”
You have only fairly recently joined Clerkenwellbeing. How is your class going?
“I’ve already met loads of lovely people whilst teaching here. Beginners who have trusted me to show them the ropes and experienced yogis willing to give a new class a go, so I’m very happy with how it’s going.”
For those unfamiliar with your classes, what can they expect?
“My Friday lunchtime classes are energetic and flowy, and my 7:45am Tuesday morning classes are far more chilled. But whatever class you come to, you can expect to challenge yourself and have fun. But don’t take my word for it, come and give them a go.”
Darryl’s Flow yoga classes encourage you to move in a way that is both playful and mindful. Each flowing sequence of postures helps to build strength, awareness and a deep feeling of steadiness whilst working the entire body.
His style is influenced by his previous studies in Chinese Kung Fu, Muay Thai, and yogic philosophy, as well as a love for cycling, modern body movement and dancing like no one’s watching.
You can find out more about Darryl’s classes or book here.