Pingala was born in 2009. The founders, Yoko and Richard began the enterprise through the desire to pass on the wisdom they had learned based on their own experience and knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda and energy work.
It began with the understanding that the world is shifting from one level of consciousness to another, and people will need help and guidance with this transition. Old systems and ways of thinking will become obsolete, and be replaced by holistic systems that recognise the Oneness of all life-forms, the planet they inhabit, and the greater Universe.
At Pingala, we believe that Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and energy work will be extremely important tools to enable this transformation, and spiritual advice will enable people to connect with their true nature and find their way in the New World.
Yoko was drawn to become a healer through her own health problems and learning to overcome them through Yoga, meditation and lifestyle changes. She trained in India as a Yoga teacher, and also learned various massage techniques, reflexology and reiki, utilising all of this knowledge to develop her own healing techniques.
She has the innate ability to see energy flow within a person, and, through correct alignment and posture correction, can help prana to flow freely within each unique individual. This gift has led to breakthrough work with students in many countries.
She draws from the elements and the natural world around her to channel creative and healing energy and help those with whom she comes into contact. She is also deeply in tune with nature and uses this connection to bring balance and harmony to the world.
Following health issues, she was drawn to self healing through diet, Yoga and conscious living. She healed herself completely and this led her on the path to become a healer of others. She has always been an enthusiastic artist, and uses her gifts of imagination to see and manifest images from the spiritual and akashic realms.
Richard began his career in formal education, but found himself gradually drawn towards Yoga and other healing modalities. In his late twenties he had a deep and profound spiritual awakening which completely changed his perception of the world, and led him on his path towards inner wisdom and liberation.
He trained in India as a Yoga teacher, and began to study and gain insight into the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda - the 'Science of Life'. He also studied many other wisdom teachings to help him gain a deeper understanding of his own spiritual experiences and pass on this knowledge and wisdom to others.
Richard believes that body, mind and spirit are intrinsically linked, and everything in the cosmos is connected at the deepest level. This understanding is fundamental to true liberation, and health, joy, peace and true freedom are outpourings of this most fundamental of experiences.
He ultimately dreams of a world where people live in harmony as conscious co-creators, supporting and nurturing each other and living in balance with the natural world.
I’ve known Yoko for a number of years and have witnessed her spiritual growth and awakening first hand. She has transformed so much over this time, and I feel deeply privileged to have witnessed it. I’ve seen her pass through debilitating illness and difficulty, learning through the process to be at one with herself, and becoming the gifted teacher she is today.
Yoko has changed and grown so much. Her students often believe that her talents are genetic or hereditary. This could not be further from the truth. She was a weak child, suffered from constant illness, and grew up in a deeply dysfunctional family.
Being of such a sensitive disposition, she had to protect herself in the only way she could; by putting a shield around herself and becoming introverted and distrustful, withdrawing from the world and those around her. This suffering continued into adulthood, and culminated in the onset of Meniere’s disease, a debilitating illness that causes vertigo, sickness and hearing loss.
This disease however, ended up becoming her greatest teacher and guiding light. It forced her to examine all of her habits, and led to her radically altering her diet and approach to life. She embraced Yoga, Ayurveda and a holistic approach, transforming her health in the process. Through her practice and the wonderful process of 'letting go', she is now in the position of being a compassionate and gifted teacher and practitioner. Her grace and empathy are clear to those she works and interacts with, and her client’s lives have improved dramatically.
Pingala is Yoko's gift to this planet. In a world of noise and confusion, her peace and compassion are a true treasure, and I cannot speak more highly of her. If you are a true seeker, who desires inner transformation and to embrace health and vitality, Yoko is the teacher for you.