ANDREA LUNA

Hi, my name is Andrea. I started practicing yoga when I trained as an actor at the National School of Performing Arts in Mexico City. I moved to London to read a Master’s in Performance and Culture at Goldmiths College and I was fortunate enough to attend Swami Pragyamurti’s classes in Clapham South. I learnt a wide range of postures, breathing practices, meditation and my favourite: Yoga Nidra.

Yoga is my great teacher. I have learnt how to deal with anxiety and depression; and most of all, I have learnt to befriend myself and to honour my creativity. Although I came to Yoga in search of movement and physical challenges, I actually found a new sense of inner stillness, focus and most importantly, self-knowledge.

As a kid I loved gymnastics but I also wondered how could the body be disconnected from the mind and the soul. Later in life I trained with physical theatre practitioners such as Serge Nicolaï (Theatre du Soleil), different actors from Odin Teatret, Augusto Boal (T.O.) and Kathryn Hunter (Complicite).  All of these people, whose work is deeply compassionate and spiritual, have informed my work. I have come to realise there is no need to live disconnected; a strong connection between body-mind and spirit makes life more balanced and more enjoyable.

I work in different environments such as universities, offices, gyms and churches. I was assistant teacher at Clean Break theatre company’s courses in London. Many of the students had been in prison, were at risk of offending and took medication. I used yoga (or maybe yoga used me?) to help them feel comfortable, relaxed and at the same time aware and alert. I also taught drama in a prison for youngsters in Mexico and we practiced yoga at the beginning of the session. Although the inmates had really tough lives, yoga helped them cope with stress and it lifted the energy in the room.

I completed a 2-year Teacher Training Diploma (1440+hours) at Mangrove Yoga Academy in Australia and soon after I moved to Edinburgh. My class is a blend of classical postures, dynamic sequences, breathing practices, Yoga Nidra, mindfulness and yogic meditation. I believe yoga is for all kinds of people and I love to be able to support all kind of students. I sustain my inspiration by maintaining my own yoga practice, integrating yogic tools in performing arts contexts, cycling, and sailing.

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 2 First Aid, 2013, Red Cross, Edinburgh.

Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training, Satyananda Yoga Academy of Australasia, NSW. 2½ years of full-time, government-accredited study (1440+ hours), 2012.

Master’s in Performance and Culture, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Bachelor of English Literature, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Bachelor of Performing Arts, ENAT, National School of Performing Arts, (INBA).

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