A former City lawyer and competitive hockey player, Graham became hooked on yoga in the 1990s thanks to teachers such as Simon Low and Liz Lark. During a sabbatical travelling the world, he took his initial teacher training in California in 2000, and has taught regularly in London since 2001.

Graham’s early influences include elements both of Astanga Vinyasa and the gentler approach of the Desikachar tradition. Leading American Astanga Vinyasa teacher Richard Freeman remains his primary source of inspiration for asana technique (and jokes!), but Graham has, since 2001, studied intensively with Rod Stryker, whose teachings on the subtle energetics of yoga practice are a massive influence. Graham is also happy to acknowledge the influence of teachers such as Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea and Tias Little on his gently dynamic asana style.

Graham has taught at London’s top yoga centres, The Life Centre and Triyoga, for over 10 years. He is also a faculty and board member of the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course. Alongside his yoga teaching, Graham is working on a PhD on ancient Indian philosophy at SOAS, University of London, where he has also lectured on the MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation.

Graham’s classes are taught in a relaxed way with humour and flow. He firmly believes that asana is only part of yoga, and classes will always include specific breathing practices and either seated meditation or yoga nidra.

I see yoga as a way of life, way I relate to people , to the world....
Graham Burns