Hello my name is Jaz Mullings-Lambert after completing my Foundation and Diploma course from the BWY with Mara Musso, I starting teaching Yoga in 2006 and been practicing for almost 10 years prior. I recently completed my training with Stott Pilates and in my opinion Yoga and Pilates are match made in heaven!
I come from a corporate and academic background, which has been and continues to be manic! When I discovered Yoga or some may say when Yoga discovered me it was a light bulb moment which has lasted over 20 years.
I work full time in the corporate world and usually teach 12 scheduled classes a week; the balance of working, teaching and practicing is my Yin and Yang. I am now the City & North London Rep for the British Wheel of Yoga and excitingly looking forward to assist and organise great workshops and in-service training (IST) days for 2017 and beyond!
Yoga is integral to my life and life style so much so when I completed my Masters in 2012 my Thesis was titled “The Trend of Yoga in London” the research was vast, broad and relentless but utterly exhilarating. I enjoyed the process of gathering evidence, researching and conducting interviews with a great variety of people and opinions. The feedback from my Supervisor Dr Norman Peng was constantly “you need to trim it down and lessen your research” which was difficult because it was all good stuff!
* BWY Foundation Course, 36 hours with Mara Musso February 2002
* BWY Diploma Yoga course 500 hours, with Mara Musso June 2005
* BWY Student Yoga Teacher accessor (TPOT) January 2008
* BWY Pre and Post Natal Pregnancy Yoga Module 30 hours with Wendy Teasdill, May 2008
* BWY Pranayama & Meditation Yoga Module 36 hours with Phillip Xerri October 2009
* BWY Yoga for Children Yoga Module 36 hours with Michelle Cheesbrough, June 2013
* BWY People living with Cancer Yoga Module 36 hours with Julie Friedeberger, October 2013
* Stott Pilates Essential and Intermediate Pilates Matwork 58 Hours, February 2013,
* Yoga Alliance Yin Yoga 30 hours with Norman Blair, March 2014
* YMCA Fit Core Stability, November 2015
* The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Tara Fraser and Wendy Haring February 2015 to December 2015
* Yoga Alliance Advance Yin Yoga 48 hours with Norman Blair May 2016
* London Meditation Centre, MBCT Mindfulness Course August – September 2016
What is Seer Yoga?
Who am I?
What am I?
Set aside who I am not…
What I truly am will come shining through
Then the true Seer rest in its own true nature
The Seer is the witness
The Seer is awareness
Drasthri is of the Seer
Drasthri is from ….. which is to see
The Seer is the self
~Vedanta Tantra Swami J
Seer is to know the person within. We often see ourselves with false identification and this only happens when we do not know the true person within thus we mistake the mind, body or senses for the true self.
As we get older we change physically our skin gets looser, our body shape changes, our eyesight fades, our senses become less sharp… most of us start identifying ourselves with these changes, we start becoming unhappy and may experience bouts of distress over the physical changes. Patanjali describes this in the Yoga Sutras 11.6 as Asmita or false identification, it is sometimes translated as “ego”.
Asmita is the second of five afflictions of the mind or Klesas outlined in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali when we start identifying with parts of yourself that have changed for example: – change in the body, change in status, house, job, car basically everything from your mind and body. Seer means to go within you that doesn’t change – recognising that your true self is who you are, and your core is unchanging.
Seer Yoga is a nurturing practice to encourage your relationship with yourself to get to know the real you, connecting with the self. This may be difficult at times as we battle with our demanding ever increasing thoughts also known as the Monkey Mind – as we always jump from one thought to the next without resolution. As we struggle with issues of self-acceptance the connection can be elusive and hard to establish. Thus the practice of cultivating feelings of gentleness and patience can facilitate the reconnection with the self.
Yoga Philosophy states that the unchanging part of you is known as the “Seer” and that is how I teach from inside me, out – from my true self – Seer Yoga…
What is yoga? Yoga means different things to different people, you need to research and find out what yoga is for you as yoga is for e v e r y b o d y. I can give you a list of many varied definitions or you can look within your true self and discover what yoga is for you, take the time to research to enhance or simply to inform your journey within.
What is my style? Now that’s a question I am always asked, there are many styles of yoga. I have read recently there are 8 major styles, these stem from vigorous fast paced to softer calmer styles of yoga, I have tired them all!
I first started my journey of yoga practicing Hatha Yoga for 2 years then I discovered Astanga and that was my main practice for over 9 years, until I found my way back to Hatha Yoga and decided to build my foundation within that principal but at the same time practicing and studying with many different styles such as Anusara, Iyengar and Sivananda yoga I have delivered a fusion of all favours.
So my style is not one word, this is my style a fusion of all the different principals in which I have studied and practiced in. I fused them together to incorporate the “whole pie” however the essence of my style is Hatha Yoga. There are plenty of styles to choose from so as I always say to my students “suck it and see!” If you like the taste come back if you don’t keep seeking the taste that suits you!’
Whatever the style in my opinion all yoga derives from Hatha Yoga, a male who practices yoga is called a Yogi and a female Yogini.
Ha – Sun, active, hot – feminine aspects
Tha – Moon, receptive, cool – male aspects
Both aspects are within us all, that is the reason why Hatha Yoga is commonly translated as Yoga that assemble the union of bringing the pairs of opposites together. Although there are 8 limbs of yoga, today most people are drawn towards and certainly engage in the 3rd limb – Asana
Asana in layman terms it is said to be a sequences of postures. It is formulated in a set of physical exercises which is designed to align the muscles, bones and body from the central main channel, the spine. When the spine is aligned it is unrestricted thus allow energy to flow freely – with that said it is much more complicated than that!