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Marit Griffith, founder of White Lotus 

I feel that, as with many services, knowing about the person performing the service is an integral part of the decision as to whether to engage with that service or not. Therefore, I have decided to offer an insight into my history and experience to allow you to understand a little of where my passion comes from, and also my expertise, to help you to make the decision to come and meet me. In this company I offer two types of service (which are not mutually exclusive) White Lotus Coaching, and White Lotus Yoga so I have given enough information that those interested in either can see where each side fits into my history.

Brief synopsis of my academic history

I went to school in Glasgow achieving straight A's in my Highers, after a year off (my first adventures in Asia) I went to Edinburgh University and studied Mathematics with Business Studies and graduated with a First Class Honours. I then explored the world for nearly two years before returning to Scotland to take up a position in Ernst & Young LLP where I qualified as a CA (Chartered Accountant through ICAS) in the audit department in Glasgow.  After teaching and training in my spare time for a couple of years, I set up my own company White Lotus, where I work primarily as a Yoga teacher and also as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)  and HGE (Hypno Genetic Evolution) therapist and coach, full time since leaving Ernst & Young.

Personal Development

My interest in the field of personal development started at a young age and my passion for the betterment of myself, and others, has never weaned, in fact it gets stronger each year.

In my year off after school, when I was 17, I had my first significant experience of actively working towards my evolution. It took the form of a 3 month expedition in Malaysia with Raleigh International, a charity for the development of young adults. While assisting in building a school, helping scientists with their research, climbing mountains, cutting trails in the jungle etc, I was introduced to the concepts of teamwork, self confidence, leadership, and self analysis.

Since then I have been exploring the world and the different avenues for personal growth at every opportunity. My adventures have including building a school in Tanzania, trekking the Himalayas in Nepal, teaching scuba diving in Indonesia, working in a 'brain gym' at a Taoist retreat in Thailand, hiking to the top of the highest mountains in Africa & Malaysia, climbing the highest mountain pass in the world, discovering Yoga in India and so much more. This journey of self discovery gave a good foundation for the assisting of others, combined with my extensive study of the latest change techniques used in the West.

When I worked at Ernst & Young I was quickly recognised as experienced in the area of personal development and was asked to engage in the hiring, training and mentoring of graduates, I represented my peers on various committees, assited in programs for corporate responsibility and coaching within the company. In my final year with the firm I was selected to join an accelerated development program. It was this program that lead to my participation on soft skills courses (e.g. leadership skills, influencing skills, personal impact, coaching, confidence, etc). From here the movement to work with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) was natural, as it is the most powerful change technology that I have found.

I am now a fully qualified therapist and coach in NLP and HGE (Hypno Genetic Evolution- the next evolutionary step from NLP which encompasses physical and spiritual aspects of the being as well as emotional and mental which predominate in traditional NLP). As well as working one on one, I also run open evenings to introduce people to NLP, and yoga/NLP training seminars. My interest in this field has moved towards how yoga and NLP fit together, as the understanding of the mechanics of the mind from NLP are extremely helpful in the progression of the control of the mind through yogic practices such as meditation.

My study of Eastern Traditions

I first entered the arena of energetic body work from the East when I practiced Shukokai Karate and Ao Denko Ka Martial Arts at University. I competed with a high degree of success gaining several British and Scottish University Gold medals in individual and team events.

Around 1998, I moved from martial arts towards more introverted energy training with Chi Kung. At that time I also trained in Reiki healing in Scotland and then to a more advanced level in India 2000. In addition, I studied Chi Kung healing, meditation and advanced Chi Kung techniques with Master Mantak Chia (one of the foremost teachers in this area in the world) in Thailand in 2000 in a five week intensive retreat.

I first practiced Yoga in 2000 with a comprehensive one month Yoga course in Rishikesh under Swami Vivekananda Saraswati at the Agama Yoga School. Since 2000 I have practiced several different styles of Yoga, predominantly Iyengar, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga, and travelled to different parts of Asia and Europe on retreats increasing my understanding of the whole Yoga system. Since my introduction to this amazing system I have consistently studied and practiced Yoga leading me to where I am today.

I consider Swami Vivekananda Saraswati to be my foremost Kundalini and Hatha Yoga teacher with whom I have studied Yoga in Thailand for over 20 months of intensive study. In addition I study with Sahajanada or Hridaya Yoga an Advaita Vedantic teacher, meditation of the Ramana Maharishi lineage. I have done many retreats from a few days to months at a time, in silence, in solitude or with a group,  practicing and studying this meditation technique, often under Sahajananda's direct guidance.

I qualified as a Yoga teacher in the UK with CYS (Chi Yoga School) Scotland, completing a year long training and qualifying in the summer of 2005, and am also a qualified teacher within the Agama Yoga School.

I now teach beginners to advanced classes in general Hatha Yoga and Tantra Yoga, give lectures, workshops, seminars, private classes, etc. As well as running teacher training courses in Glasgow, London, Preston, Finland and we are growing, as one of the founders and directors of Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training (SYTT).

If you have any questions or issues you would like me to address, please get in touch. I enjoy discussing Yoga, and spirituality in general, and will gladly help any Yoga aspirant when I can.

Thank you, Marit

077634 07631 or contact@whitelotusyoga.co.uk

Ros Jamieson

Ros Jamieson qualified as a medical doctor from Glasgow University in 1991 and currently works as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She has been teaching anatomy and physiology on the SYTT in Glasgow since January 2012. Ros qualified as a Yoga teacher herself from this course the year before, and is now also teaching a yoga and meditation class in the West End of Glasgow. Ros has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has a particular interest in energy flow and meditation. She has spent time studying and practicing meditation at Agama Yoga School in Thailand with guru Sahajananda. She has studied many texts on yoga philosophy and is continually improving her knowledge.

Ros has enjoyed bringing together her medical and yoga knowledge and has an appreciation of how they complement each other. In her teaching she aims to create a platform of medical knowledge so that the students can understand and teach how yoga poses, pranayama and meditation work on a physical level. She also covers common medical conditions that teachers are likely to encounter in their students and the implications of these conditions on a yoga practice. The teaching aims to be stimulating and interactive and relevant to all the students irrespective of their background.