About Soul Movement
When you put your heart into something, it becomes soulful. By sharing this joy with others we can create a movement together - and this is our mission.
I have spent a lot of my life to studying Yoga and Capoeira, and in return they have given me back much more than I could ever have hoped for. As well as giving me the more obvious benefits such as better physical strength and flexibility, they have also shown me different ways to live and interact with the world around me - improving my self-confidence, vitality and awareness. Both practices have helped me and continue to help me enormously in my daily life, and just as importantly, they are a lot of fun too! I am passionate about sharing these experiences with you and this is where the concept of Soul Movement comes from.
My interest in Yoga grew out of my passion for Capoeira. I started to train Capoeira in 2002 with Mestre Marcelo Angola from Capoeira Angoleiros do Mar group. Marcelo's teaching particularly encourages students to find their own freedom and self-expression through Capoeira. I have been fortunate enough to travel and train Capoeira with a number of different teachers, but Marcelo's vision of capoeira has been my main reference point. I began teaching capoeira to cover when the normal teachers were away, and have continued studying, teaching & sharing capoeira ever since.
I started Yoga in 2006 following an injury that prevented me from doing capoeira at the time. I didn't get the same initial connection as I did with capoeira, but over time yoga has become more and more central to my way of life and it is now just as important to me as capoeira, in a complementary but also very different way. In 2015 I completed the 200-hour Zen Yoga Teacher Training course with Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi from Zenways in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. This was an incredible and inspiring course which really gave me the confidence to start teaching Yoga as well as sowing the seeds for my own personal practice of Zen Buddhism and Meditation. I am registered as a Yoga Teacher with Zenways and Yoga Alliance, and I continue to study Zen Yoga with Daizan and his students when I can.
In 2015 I began to teach Yoga and Capoeira professionally and I founded Soul Movement C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) to carry out this work. I hope you can join me on this journey and be a part of Soul Movement's story too.
Chris Graham, Founder & Director of Soul Movement C.I.C.