Teacher Bios – 6-Day Photography & Yoga / Meditation retreat in spectacular Mustang (Nepal)

Paul Barton (Director of Photography)

Since leaving the London College of Printing, where Paul Barton studied for a Degree in photography, he has worked non-stop in the world of stills, film and television as a photographer and Director of Photography, a job which he considers to be a huge privilege to do. His clients have included the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, E4, Film 4, FIVE, Discovery Channel, Sky Television and Rolls-Royce.
Over the years, his work has enabled him to travel extensively, to experience many diverse locations and to observe the inner workings of cultural and natural systems but above all, to meet and work with some pretty wonderful people. 
He lives in Dorset and loves being located by the Jurassic coast, which he sees as the borderline where the madness stops and nature has control again. This passion for the natural world is particularly evident in his photography. Observing the changes in plants from the root structure bringing the energy from below, the buds and their symmetry, the green leaves with their business like photosynthesis, then the brief moment of full consciousness of the plant before the seed head, and death, you can see how life systems travel the creative dynamic between order and chaos and the balancing act this requires. 
He absolutely loves this work and the people that he gets to collaborate with, perhaps more than anything because it enables him to work so closely with light, both natural and ʻdesignedʼ, to capture the most beautiful images.
Light, in all its manifestations, is at the very heart and structure of life and the universe we live in. Understanding how to work with it will always produce the most stunning images, no matter what the message might be. 
Paul uses his knowledge of light and his meditation practice to focus a raised consciousness on the connection between all things using the medium of photography. 
For Paul, love is the conscious awareness of true connection, not just between individuals but between all things. So this has to be the framework and vehicle of creative expression and the basis for his current and future art. 
Visit Paul's website and enjoy his show reel below to learn more about his work. 

Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe is a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Dorset. There, she runs the morning Mysore programme as well as teaching and running regular retreats and workshops both in her studio and internationally.

She started practicing yoga in 1991 when she was working in the film industry and had just had her first daughter. It has played a major part in her life ever since. Helen completed the BWY 3 year teacher training course in 2005 and subsequently both level 1 and 2 teacher training courses with her main teachers John Scott and Lucy Crawford. She has also completed the Yoga for Pregnancy and post-natal yoga modules with Nadia Narain at Triyoga London. She is recognised by Yoga Alliance UK as a Senior Yoga Teacher.

Helen aims to bring a mindful and gentle approach to sharing this practice and the powerful tool which it can be for everyday life. She is passionate about the importance working with the breath and body’s own intelligence and understanding how to cultivate, strength and stability as well as flexibility. She shares these techniques in a way that is empowering and supportive, so that practitioners of any age and experience can have the confidence to develop their own sustainable self practice.

Her own practice and exploration of yoga is ongoing as she continues to learn not just from her own teachers but also from all the people that she has the privilege of sharing yoga with.  As a mother of two grown up daughters the involvement with the Urban Yogis UK project which looks to share this practice with young people is also very close to her heart.

"I have been a dedicated student and practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a flowing breath movement system, for many years, and have had the privilege of studying with some amazing teachers, in particular John and Lucy, for whom I have huge gratitude. They continue to teach and inspire me in both my own practice and as a teacher to others. I have also studied with Sharath Rangaswamy, grandson of the late SrI K PatthabI Jois, at KpjayI in Mysore India."