Esmée Halliday: From The Himalaya to Tresco
Professional dancer and 500 hour Sattva yoga and meditation teacher Esmée Halliday explores her journey to yoga...
As a professional dancer, movement has always been an instrumental part of my life. It has provided me with such a deep awareness of my breath, body & energy flow.
Trained in ballet & contemporary, I love that my roots stem from this beautiful expressive art form. However, in the world of dance, you’re valued for your body and its ability, which can leave you feeling rather empty at times; searching for external validation and a sense of self.
I always found that Yoga was an excellent supplement for my training, but its meaning never exceeded much more than a stretch on the mat.
In March 2020, I found myself at the foothills of the Himalayas, admittedly not really knowing what to expect. I cannot be more grateful for taking that trip.
Learning the true depths of the yogic tradition from its very birthplace was rather magical. Working with techniques from the Himalayan Vedantic tradition such as Pranayama, Meditation, Kundalini Kriya and Mantra began to reveal the continuous layers of self.
As I gain deeper access to the subtle dimensions of my being, I gain deeper clarity. This is a process of continuous evolvement, meaning that we are forever refining & aligning.
To see the yogic practices intertwine themselves so effortlessly within my dance & movement is a beautiful synchronicity. It has brought me full circle to why I started dancing in the first place.
I am thankful for this continuous journey that I am on & feel passionate to teach & share these practices with anyone who is seeking answers.
Sattva Yoga is a whole practice, encompassing a range of techniques rooting from the Himalayan Vedantic tradition. These techniques are holistic, integrative & deeply transformative. Bringing Eastern knowledge from the Vedantic lineage of Yoga to the Western ear, the practice is more than 'yoga' as we know it.
Unifying my dance & yoga experience, I create unique ‘flow’ classes - a complimentary blend of movement & mindfulness. These flows combine an integrated mix of Hatha vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation & Kundalini Kriya - a full expression of the Yogic teachings - a practice that cultivates a shift within the inner dialogue, allowing you to access your fullest potential.
Within my flows, the predominant base of movement is Hatha yoga.
Hatha is translated as ha, meaning sun, & tha, meaning moon. This references the balance of the masculine & feminine - the active, solar energy of the sun with the cooling, nurturing energy of the moon. Hatha helps us to find balance in ourselves by uniting our dualities. Incorporating the breath, we gently flow through our poses helping us to develop flexibility, balance, strength & ease.
Kundalini Kriya is weaved into my flows to create a distinctive yoga journey. Kundalini is the infinite potential of energy we all have within us & Kriya means evolutionary action, this technique prompts the release of energy, beginning to move it from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. In this process of release, we begin to shift stuck & stagnant energy, letting go of what no longer serves us. These teachings are very sacred to the lineage of the Himalayas & only taught orally, so it feels really special to share these practices with you.
My background in dance has given me an extensive awareness of how the body moves, weaving this into my practice, it allows me to support participants at any level, from complete beginner to long term yogi. So, whether you are beginning your yoga journey or looking to deepen your practice, everybody will have their own experience of growth & I am here to facilitate that journey. That’s why numerous variations are given throughout my practice, to help you find your own flow.