When Hamish Hendry was eighteen he couldn’t touch his toes, so he decided to do something about it. Fate led him to finding yoga, first in library books, then at local classes in Bristol. Later that year he went on holiday to Greece and met his first yoga teacher, Derek Ireland, who taught him Astanga yoga. He studied daily with Derek for many years until Derek’s death.
In 1995 Hamish began studying under K. Pattabhi Jois. He was certified by to teach the Astanga yoga system in 2001. Ten years after his foray into yoga, Hamish started teaching in Edinburgh. Before this he worked mainly with homeless people.
In 1999 he moved to London where he now lives with his wife, Anna, and daughter, Talia. He continues to teach daily, waking at one every morning to do his own practice to be ready for his students. He returns annually to Mysore, India, to study with Sharath Jois.
Hamish teaches the weekday early morning classes.
In common with all the teachers at AYL, Hamish is DBS checked, qualified in First Aid and Mental Health First Aid, and has completed ‘Trauma Informed’ and ‘Race Awareness’ trainings.