I'm Sam Ahern, founder of Devon Mala Tree. 'Mala' is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'garland' or 'gathering', a coming together, while the many branches of a tree are symbolic of the many paths a healing journey can take. Trees also serve to remind us of our own roots, firmly planted into Mother Earth. I've been practising yoga for over fifteen years and it really is life-changing; strengthening the body, quietening the mind and bringing you back to your true self even in the midst of life's most chaotic 'adventures'! During this time I've explored many styles in many different countries, teaching within communities in New Zealand, South East Asia, Costa Rica and most recently Colombia, where I spent the first half of 2018.
After initially returning to the UK in 2013, I completed my IYN 500hr Diploma with the Devon School of yoga, whose lineage can be traced back to Swami Sivananda Paramahamsa in the south of India. I also followed a strong calling to advance along my path as a healer and qualified as a Reiki Master and a Shamanic Practitioner. Since then, I've been drawn to combine my work, taking people on a journey back to their roots and releasing heavy energies as they enter Sacred Space and experience ‘Shamanic Yoga’....which started out as a short workshop but seems to be growing and expanding all the time! My desire to deepen this practice and my healing work, is what led me to the Shamans and ceremonies of Colombia for the first half of this year.
I'm now back in the UK and based in the beautiful West Country town of Totnes, where I offer reiki sessions, shamanic healing and yoga one to ones, as well as teaching Holistic Hatha Yoga classes at Yoga Torquay and Shamanic Yoga workshops, both locally and further afield.
'The ego is rooted in negativity...The soul is rooted in love.'