Sama Fabian | Yoga Elder IYN YR RCST
I started Yoga as a means to come in touch with my organic reality. I had spent my early childhood taking off on wondrous flights and after a bumpy adolescence and early adulthood trying to land, I found my practice. On my return from my first trip to India, I set off on an austere and potent sadhana which was to last 8 years. This was a time of extreme isolation often spent in the wilderness, practicing for hours, foraging for whatever food the land would yield. I would walk on moonless nights to explore the physicality of fear meeting my demons and traumas and expanding the boundaries of self. The books that accompanied my quest over that time were ‘Yoga self-taught’ by Andre Van Lysebeth, the I-Ching, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, ‘The Divine Life’ and ‘The Synthesis of Yoga’ by Sri Aurobindo. Later I studied different aspects of the practice always seeking authenticity and direct experience. I found great inspiration from prominent teachers in the field:
•Sri Satchitananda of Madras (the Power of Mind)
•Ma Gandha (Vini Yoga) •Silva Mehta & Sylvia Prescott (Iyengar Yoga)
•Angela Farmer (Unfolding the Feminine)
•Dona Holleman (Dancing the Flame of Life)
Brief encounters with other teachers, notably Orit Sen Gupta (Vayu’s Gate) and Bernard Bouanchaud (The Essence of Yoga, The Samskhya Karika) have also informed and evolved my practice. More recently I have been enjoying the teachings of the wonderful Ravi Ravindra (The Wisdom of the Yoga Sutras, Heart Without Measure, The Pilgrim Soul) And the practice itself, the daily meeting with the inner teacher, has consistently provided wondrous resources. To all, my deepest gratitude.
I have practiced Yoga all my adult life and started to teach an integrated practice in 1985. I set up Aurolab Yoga in 2000, qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist in 2002 and as a Shamanic Practitioner in 2013. I am a founder member of the Independent Yoga Network, UK. In 2011, with my partner Tanya Syed, I moved to Wales to set up The Green House School of Yoga and Healing where we run classes, workshops, study and training courses and also see clients in our clinic. To enquire about any of our classes, workshops, therapies, foundation courses, teacher training and post graduate course please do not hesitate to contact us.
‘Sama's passion imbibes the heart with a gentle distillation of timeless wisdom.'
'The resonance of her words ignites the deepest visceral sensing and knowing intelligence. She carries a scholarly humility and radiates the brilliance of a true mentor. A gift of our time.’
Kathryn 'Premshakti' Varley, Yoga Elder, I-Rest meditation and Nidra teacher.
Portrait by Andrea Breuer