Many people wouldn't know a good Yoga Teacher if they tripped over them in......................................................
Nor should you necessarily believe anyone in this world of rampant egomaniacal self-promotionalism where every young dancer/ gym bunny 'Yoga teacher' is a self proclaimed expert in all aspects (in the 3rd person of course!) so don't even take my word for it; I would promote myself wouldn't I?! Hear what others have to say about their experiences:
"I'm getting fantastic feedback from the ladies staying this week. Overwhelming in fact. Thank you for all your help."
White Leaf Retreat
"I have been having regular yoga instruction from Keith for three years and it has transformed my life! He takes the process seriously but makes it an enjoyable and rewarding process. Keith gives clear instruction and is able to tailor a suitable routine for me which is different from week to week. My only regret is that I didn't start working with Keith before."
"I first came across Yoga with Keith when I was looking for extra support with my physical and mental health. Yoga classes, crammed full of people was not going to work for me, so one to one seemed like a good option. Once I started to learn more about yoga through my sessions with Keith I realised how much of an individual practice it is. Every session I had was always tailored to my state of mind and mood (not something you would gain from a class environment). I found that one to one sessions also provided me with a wider range of yoga postures and I achieved more than I thought possible from each session. I always appreciate how Keith works towards each individual's needs with respect, encouragement and a little light hearted humour thrown in."
"I was looking for private lessons with an instructor to learn Yoga to help my back issue. Having a fused spine I needed someone with experience who would lead me on that journey mindful of my back issues. Keith is very knowledgeable, being a Yoga Elder, and has a broad knowledge of other personal development practices. Keith taught me the importance of breathing correctly - something that I had never learned from other approaches I had tried. I found the lessons very enjoyable and now use Yoga most days, not only to manage my back problem, but also my overall stress levels. Keith has a very relaxed and enjoyable way of taking the lessons, and will gradually challenge you so that you improve. You can turn up for the lesson and come out completely de-stressed. I had felt a lot of times completely centred and relaxed similar to meditation, which is of course an aim of Yoga. He gradually taught me more and challenged me as the weeks went by which was a very good experience."
"Lessons with Keith are massively more beneficial than any class I have ever attended. His ability to adjust to my ability and mood; the attention to detail that matters; his explanations and coaching; his extensive knowledge mean that I learn something at every lesson. Yoga is now part of my regular wellness campaign that I am hoping will allow me to have fun until I am ancient."
I.T. Dept. Manager
"Keith has been my yoga teacher for over a year now....he is a friendly and professional teacher with a vast knowledge of yoga going back 30 years and I can highly recommend him to anyone."
"After years of taking a battering from riding horses my body was feeling older than its actual years. I was recommended to take up yoga to free up movement. I found Keith and decided to take private lessons from him. He proved the right instructor for me as he has an incredible depth of knowledge and understanding of yoga. Keith was able to tailor lessons to suit my needs. This has had a positive influence on my horsemanship.He is a grounded, engaging and encouraging teacher."
“Now that I have experienced your classes I felt quite inspired and energised and surprisingly positive afterwards!”
"I have had one to one yoga lessons with Keith for two and a half years. Having tried group yoga classes and DVDs in the past I can honestly say that they bear no comparison to one to one lessons. I find that Keith's knowledge is extensive and his ability to adapt the lesson for whatever is required is second to none. Not only has he helped me with my general well-being but has also made a great difference to my IBS symptoms. The advantage in having one to one lessons is that Keith empowers you to practice and explore yoga on your own which is essential for long term benefits. He is fun to work with in a totally non-judgemental, non-competitive and unintimidating atmosphere."
“You’re a perfect combination of a good teacher Keith! You are extremely attentive to the correct posture, you personalise them to the need of the student, you don’t teach religious stuff, you are an understandable, trustworthy, easy going person and caring. I haven’t found the right teacher since moving away and I knew already I wouldn’t find someone who I would click with so well.I want to thank you and expressly let you know how much I’ve appreciated having you teach me yoga.”
“Keith's approach to teaching Yoga is ideal if you are seeking to improve your lifestyle and learn yoga from an utterly brilliant teacher.
Since I started having private lessons my posture, eating habits and control over my emotions have all improved. I’ve tried hypnotherapy and other techniques but none of them worked in the long term so, believing that breathing is the core function of our body, I thought let’s try yoga!
I have learned properly how to perform the yoga postures, which it seems not many teachers do. I thought it would take years before seeing improvement but with Keith it surprisingly happened in a few lessons. Keith has a vast experience in many different yoga disciplines and teaches a combination of all these, personalizing it depending on what the student needs; that’s what marks him out. He puts his sparkling humour in all of his lessons. I strongly recommend him to anyone who is seeking to learn yoga properly. I couldn’t choose a better teacher and I’ll be always thankful.”
Ex No.1 student
“Keith’s teaching gave me strength. He is such a gifted teacher and a wonderful person. I am truly blessed to have found him and am honoured to be one of his students.
With love and gratitude.”
“Keith worked for Havering College for two years, delivering yoga sessions to community groups tailoring his sessions to meet the needs of the particular clients – some with physical disabilities or mental illness. His approach was always gentle and encouraging, and he quickly developed a rapport with the clients, giving them the confidence they needed to develop their knowledge of yoga and it’s benefits.
Keith’s experience and professionalism were evident throughout his employment and I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a yoga instructor.”
Community Development Manager
“Keith Grant is by far the most skilled and impressive Yoga teacher I have encountered. He has a very broad depth of knowledge and is a shining embodiment of all that is good about yoga. Keith knows when to push you, and how to get the most from you - you always get the sense that he wants you to share in something special. Add to that, he is very diligent, professional, kind and has a sense of playfulness and humour that flows through the sessions. I cannot recommend him highly enough as yoga teacher and human being.”
“Keith Grant was my first Yoga instructor and I very much enjoyed at least 2 sessions per week.
Always observant to the experience, age and physical attributes of each individual, I was greatly comforted by Keith's enthusiasm and level of knowledge. This ensured that iindividuals worked to their own ability.Supportive and eagle-eyed at all times Keith ensured that posture and ability were within boundaries so that although I could feel the areas that had been worked I never overstretched or was injured in the entire time I attended Keith's sessions. His calm, quiet and controlled manner were also a respite from the manic world and after each session I felt a great sense of achievement crowned with profoundly relaxed and refreshed mind.”
Learning & Development Business Partner
“I discovered yoga 6 years ago when I attended a class facilitated by Keith. I immediately realised that I had stumbled on an incredibly talented and motivational teacher and was hooked.
Keith delivers teaching in a relaxed and professional way, focusing on the needs of the individual. His experience and skill is instantly obvious as he adjusts instruction to suit/ challenge your ability and needs.
Keith has an enviable physical talent and moves gracefully through the postures in a seemingly effortless way, which is inspirational. However, it is Keith’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the subject, coupled with his warm and friendly rapport which makes him the perfect tutor.
I wholeheartedly recommend Keith to any individual, group or organisation who is considering utilising his talents.”
Chris Shaw BSc, ANLP
“I have been attending yoga classes conducted by Keith Grant for over two years and I’ve found him to be an excellent teacher: he knows how to encourage all types of students, with his patient, modest and warm manner.
Keith is conscientious, hard working and always applies himself 100%. He has proved extremely popular with all of his students.With a vast amount of knowledge relating to all aspects of yoga, Keith has a knack of expressing complex ideas in a coherent way. While he is obviously extremely well read, I have observed him demonstrate many advanced postures with great modesty, skill and dexterity.
On a personal note Keith has been a great inspiration to me, guiding me through my first pregnancy with discreet care and attention. I wish him all the success he deserves – his future students are lucky indeed!”
BA (Hons.) Distinction,
“I have been practising Yoga with Keith twice a week since I arrived one morning with very limited experience, he made me feel very welcome & relaxed. I took up Yoga to bring together my mind body & soul (& so I could balance on my hands of course!). Keith's understanding of your goals is excellent & his instructing is controlled & flowing, his knowledge is second to none; he's very experienced. I’ve had many injuries through my sporting career so yoga is not easy for me, but Keith makes the classes fun and very rewarding. Even my partner has taken up lessons with Keith. My relationship with Keith has grown & I regard him as a friend, a good guy & a good teacher.”
“During Keith’s time at The Club I found his obvious enthusiasm for the job meant that he quickly established himself as a popular member of our teaching staff. I would highly recommend Keith Grant as a Yoga Instructor. I wish him all the best for the future.”
Health and Fitness Manager
The Club at Meyrick Park
“ Coming from a running background I was interested in using yoga as a form of cross training and improving core stability.I was really pleased with the results that came with Keith’s sessions. I found my lung capacity increased, my posture in everyday life and whilst running also improved and I felt strength around the abdomen and lower back. Keith’s sessions were certainly challenging, requiring strength, flexibility and stamina leaving you with a sense of achievement. At the end of each session there was a feeling of being energised and having done a good work out. An element I wasn’t expecting was that yoga was a great method for reducing stress and tension and Keith’s sessions were a far cry from the stereotypical group sitting around meditating.”
Up and Running,
“I attended Stress Management sessions during an extremely difficult time for me. Everything had gotten on top of me and I was having panic attacks and just burning myself out. Keith's techniques helped me manage my emotional stress and get back in control of my life.
Keith was very understanding and being able to talk to him at that time itself was a weight of off my shoulders.
Since that time, I have found that the techniques I learnt with Keith have also helped in other areas of my life. I am a lot calmer in general these days and have also found that certain techniques help me keep calm under pressure when competing at different sports. I would just like to say thanks again for your help.”
“Keith Grant worked for the Sports Development Unit for two years as a Yoga Instructor and has played a very important role in putting the Community first by providing an excellent service. The Yoga classes offered specialist instruction to a wide range of ages and abilities and Keith welcomed anyone into the class. The participant numbers were consistent throughout the years, which in turn led to a high social benefit for the participants. Keith built up good relationships with myself and the participants and there was only praise for his sessions.”
Community Sports Development Officer
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
“I have been a student of Keith's for over 6 years.Having tried other forms of yoga with other teachers before trying Keith. Since then there's been changes in many aspects of my life both physically and mentally. I've become a much calmer person and have found that through the sessions I don't stress out about little things so much. This has helped me through day-to-day problems. I suffered a lot from back pains and had to wear a lumber support in my work but now I don't need to and my back pain has ceased. I've found that through yoga I have become stronger especially in my abdominal region which has helped take the pressure off my back. Other benefits I have noticed are in my posture in the way I walk and stand. This is especially good as I'm on my feet all day. I get a lot of pleasure and a sense of well being from Keith's sessions and find that it goes beyond just a yoga lesson. I am grateful for his attention and support in helping me improve overall.”
“My daughter and l started yoga lessons with Keith Grant in August 2007. My daughter had been suffering with M.E. and l was rather unfit, since then we have both experienced significant benefits.
Keith's relaxed, friendly but firm approach has enabled us to develop a range of exercises that we can use at home.
From being a sceptical stroppy teenager my daughter has been won over and now approaches each session in a positive frame of mind.
It's hard to put a value on how much Keith has helped us both and l cannot recommend his services highly enough.”
“My Yoga experience began just over two years ago at a class with Keith. I usually hid at the back and avoided some of the positions making age and lack of strength my excuse!
Now I have a weekly private lesson so there’s no hiding away – I have to work really hard. Keith has been fantastic in challenging me and giving me the confidence to attempt things that I would have avoided before. I never thought that it was possible to become stronger and more flexible at the age I am. Most people are so busy telling you about the things that you won't be able to achieve as the years creep on!
So – my advice is to take up Yoga. Enjoy it but take it seriously – it will change your life!
Thanks Keith – I am now growing younger by the week!”
"Keith Grant is truly an inspirational teacher and as a teacher myself my practice and my teaching improved immensly. His passion for yoga shows through his teaching, his practice, and also in his personal life. His down to earth approach will appeal to the beginner student and his wealth of knowledge to anyone would like to deepen their practice. In my opinion Keith is one of the best teachers in the area and we are lucky to have him!"
“I attended and really enjoyed the one-on-one sessions. I had not previously done any kind of yoga and was a total beginner. I started because I wanted to become more flexible and toned and also thought it was a more healthy form of exercise than any other I had participated in before and didn't fancy a group class.
The sessions were hard work but very enjoyable and you only get out what you put in. If you don't practise in your own time you don't advance as quickly and Keith can spot this a mile off! He has a friendly approach and also encourages you to constantly try harder and improve.
My classes were broken into easy to complete small stages which were then put together into a longer routine at the end of the class culminating in a complete yoga movement. I found this easy to follow and to remember for practising at home. The class would end with some meditation which was another aspect I had joined for.”
“I have been one of Keith's students for just over 4 years. In that time I have become proficient in a large number of postures and now utilise what I have learnt from Keith throughout my daily life. I originally tried yoga to deal with general posture and backache problems as well as the everyday stresses we all contend with.
I had tried a number of other yoga teachers before Keith was recommended to me and whilst I had found the yoga to be useful, the classes always seemed to be either too advanced or strenuous or the teachers too pushy. Keith's style is perfect for me, he takes time to demonstrate fully and explain both the postures and the background to them (a real Yogi!). Without doubt he is the most proficient, patient and knowledgeable of all the yoga teachers I have visited locally - so much so I have no hesitation in recommending him. my posture is now much better and I'm now the epitome of calm!”
Marketing Accounts Manager
“Keith Grant is a joyful and dedicated yoga teacher who has worked with us leading week-long yoga courses in Turkey on more than one occasion.
As a former dancer and martial artist he has a very strong practice himself and enjoys leading people towards finding and developing their own personal practice.
Working out what kind of practice is the best for each individual is something that is often neglected in yoga teaching as classes are pushed through a more or less fixed series of postures. This was Keith’s special interest when he worked with us.
Students value his good humour at the same time as his precise and challenging yoga teaching. Alongside his strong practice Keith is a friendly and sociable yoga teacher who is keen that the practice opens the practitioner to the joy of living.”
Health and Yoga Holidays in Turkey
“Thank you so much. I loved it. Your passion for the subject totally came across. You inspired me. Your knowledge is evident and admirable.
The structure of the session worked really well. A lovely balance of teacher led stuff, group participation and feedback. So basically, I would like to thank you for doing what you do, and the way that you do it.
I'm looking forward to the next time!”
“Hi Keith, glad you enjoyed last Saturday, so did all our members. I have had such great feedback from everyone: they want to know when you are coming back! Maybe we can arrange for you to come back at a later date. Thanks again.”
Southampton Yoga Association
"Thank you for today. I find you inspirational and you made a massive difference to the whole experience for me. Your humour and knowledge and fun will stay with me forever.”
“I began practicing yoga with Keith as part of a life style change designed to manage back problems and bouts of extreme anxiety, I have found my practice very beneficial for both. Physically, I feel fitter and more healthy. Emotionally, I feel more balanced and I have tools now to manage anxiety when it begins. And finally, I feel more connected with my inner self and more aware of the world around me. Yoga is fab!”
"I came to Keith with several years established yoga practice looking for a teacher who could help me fine-tune my posture work. The one-to-one basis of my lessons means that Keith can intuitively adapt teaching to provide challenging sessions which help me to greatly develop my own personal practice."
"As a yoga practitioner for many years I had become very aware that something was missing from my self administered regular practice and I was searching for guidance to develop and remedy this. I began with Keith and from my first visit I discovered a deeper way of approaching yoga. It's wonderful for me to have honest observation to bring my habits to my conscious awareness to move more freely and fluidly. I always come away with a revelation which has refreshed my relationship with my practice"
“I had private yoga lessons with Keith after years of stiffness & lower back pain & having tried group yoga sessions at other locations in the area. I found Keith's attentive approach & easy manner most beneficial. The methods he instilled in me I still use to this day in my own Yoga & stretching routine. I would recommend Keith to anyone interested in self improvement of any kind.”
“I spent 3 years learning Yoga with Keith. His teaching techniques were innovative. He had an inate intuition to see when someone was not able to manage the full posture and offered adapted alternatives to suit the individual. He explained the philosophy behind yoga which most yoga teachers would not do. This I feel is an intergral part of the practice, realising the purpose was to focus the mind and clear it off the daily maelstrom of thoughts thus achieving relaxation.
No two classes were the same, keeping students interested and keen to attend the next class. Keith also involved students by giving them the choice of what style of class they wanted on particular days. His one day workshops were always well attended and invigorating for the body and soul. I would recommend Keith to anyone from novice level, to improvers and more advanced levels.”
"I have taken weekly yoga lessons with Keith for the last ten years and I have loved every single one of them. From the start Keith made me feel very comfortable and eased me into yoga. He made me understand the importance of patience and self-tolerance in yoga. I realised after a while that his way of teaching yoga was influencing my way of thinking and leading my life so I developed into a more positive and determined person. I have made enormous progress due to my efforts and Keith’s gentle but efficient approach of teaching. Keith has a deep knowledge of yoga and knows how to challenge you safely; he has always adapted his session to my needs. I would recommend Keith to anyone from beginner to more advanced person.”
“I have attended one-to-one, weekly classes with Keith. I originally went along to find new inspiration to bring into my yoga classes. Not only have I found the classes to be inspiring - Keith has motivated me to tackle more strenuous postures, and therefore reflect this motivation into my classes. Through his teaching practises I have strengthened myself physically and mentally. Keith has a clear and direct approach to teaching, which portrays a confidence and understanding into the class. I cannot recommend Keith highly enough as a yoga teacher and mentor.”
“Shortly after a bereavement, and whilst off work on sick leave, I attended yoga sessions with Keith. I found Keith to be very understanding and very professional with a great depth of knowledge in what he taught me. I have done Yoga previously but have never had a one to one session and found Keith's teaching to be extremely helpful to me. He is very calm and intuitive and has the ability to teach what he knows in a way that is easy to learn.
I found these sessions beneficial at this time in my life, and my practice gave me a calming influence in my life and inner strength. The tips he gave me for my everyday practice made total sense, are easy to continue with, and beneficial to my long-term health and wellbeing.
In a sentence, a highly skilled and inspirational Yoga teacher, who lives and breathes what he believes in.”
"I have ben having one-to-one lessons with Keith for some months now and would highly recommend him to anyone; he is a very professional and friendly teacher and has really helped me progress my Yoga"
“I can only say that when I started yoga I had a serious problem with the lower part of my back, inflammation and it was very painful at times. To begin with it was very challenging but thanks to the way Keith taught us we were looking forward to our Wednesday morning lesson. My back improved dramatically and I only have Keith to thank. I think that Keith is an innovative and passionate teacher who is capable to take you over your limits and boundaries; sometimes in life you need a challenge - with Keith you certainly have it and I have no problem in recommending him to any future clients.”
Nicola de Paola
“I have known Keith for a number of years and have one to one yoga sessions currently once a month finding him informative, always enthusiastic and professional. Humour and a refreshing honesty are attributes I enjoy in a teacher and I consider him to be at the top of his profession with vast knowledge but still managing to come across as unassuming.”
"I really appreciate Keith’s professionalism and his experience in Yoga. It was very easy to communicate and work with him during the International Dance Festival project in Russia.
I would recommend Keith Grant as one of the best people to work with."
Art Project Format A1
“I’ve really been enjoying Yoga with you so far, and from doing it a bit each morning it's helped me feel a lot more awake during the day. I don't think I'll ever quite be mega flexible but can feel myself improving gradually."
"Summer School was ‘varied’, ‘challenging (in a good way)’ ‘Inspirational’,Spectacular’ ‘Exciting’ ‘Worthwhile’ ‘Awesome! But hard work also’, ‘Hard work but fulfilling’ ‘Fun!’
The teachers were ‘amazing and they have all offered new ways to look at dance’.The teachers were full of ‘enthusiasm’ and ‘all [were] welcome to help’. They were ‘welcoming, professional, inspiring’.
Participants wanted to thank all practitioners for an ‘enjoyable’, ‘amazing’ experience where they have ‘gained many different ways to look at dance and movement’, ‘improved technical ability on many different levels’ and had the chance to talk to dancers from companies and learn material from works that have toured.’
Some participants highlighted flying, contact and release was their favourite class and wanted ‘more’. Yoga was also the highlight for some. One participant said ‘I really enjoyed the yoga masterclass as I learnt lots of new things. Maybe it should be in next year’s timetable’."
Participation Dance Lead