Hi! I am Dhugal, a yoga edu-tainer and anatomist well-studied in the traditions of modern Yin and Hatha Yoga. For me, yoga is about doing your yoga your way. It’s about practicing hard so you can see what you’re capable of. It’s about being so comfortable being you… it’s contagious.
I am a (ginger) man of contradiction.
I have spent most of my life in Asia and speak (and write) Mandarin & Cantonese.
I am British, but I get lost in Scotland.
I am a lifelong student of Eastern philosophy and movement practices, particularly Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Yang Family Tai Chi, but I love modern science.
A former mobile tech start-up dude, I love to teach this ancient world view.
And why do I teach? Quite simply because I love it. I have learnt so much and got so much joy out of yoga I want to spread the good. I believe Yoga teachers are the front line in modern society's health and have a massively important role to play in the communities they work in.
With my red hair, signature yellow glasses, and off the cuff cultural references, I am not really your run of the mill yoga teacher. Think: wasabi (spicy Nippon dip) meets haggis (quirky Scottish food)… pop culture meets ancient philosophy and (work you hard) strict meets (big hug) compassion.
I am an endlessly nosy observer, adventurer, and citizen of the world whose teacher trainings and yoga classes are a vibrant mix of reverse culture shock, Yoga & Taoist philosophy, 1980s humor, possibility… and empowerment.
Since 2011, I have helped hundreds of people around the world find home through the physical practices of modern Yin and Hatha Yoga, as well as ancient Eastern philosophy.
I offer a full 500-hour Yoga Alliance training program, broken down into five signature models: part Yin, part Yang, and part real life application. I also consult in “train the trainer programming” for yoga studios eager to set up and run their own in-house trainings worldwide.
What I believe
Good health and a quiet mind are universal needs that we all share.
I have done lots of yoga and studied anatomy rigorously. I found that this body cannot (and never will be able to) do every “yoga pose in the book,” no matter how hard I practice. But we all have our superpower.
Through practice and study, I learned that my body’s limitations were irrelevant because yoga isn’t about doing poses in a book. I also learned that people with bodies that can do everything are not necessarily great leaders. Yoga is about learning to yoga your way and guide others to do the same.
Yoga is about practicing hard so that you can see what you’re capable of.
I share this passion with every student who attends my trainings. And once you’ve found it within yourself, share it, SHINE IT.
For me, this is what teaching yoga is about…. I love it and invite you in.