Mangalo (Nick Upton) is a British born Hatha Yoga and Stillness teacher originating from Hertfordshire in the UK. He has had a long rich Yoga journey that began in 1990 in Byron Bay, NSW.
Mangalo completed the General Teacher Training and Remedial Yoga Teacher Training with the Yoga for Health Foundation at Ickwell Bury in the UK in 2002 with Bill Feeney, Phillip Xerri and Angela Thompson as his teachers. He then trained for a 4 further years with direct B.K.S. Iyengar disciple and Senior Instructor Shiv Sharma and also with senior Iyengar teacher Yogi Ma Karin O'Bannon, before going on to the International Sivananda Vedanta Forest Academy where he qualified as a Sivananda Yoga Acariya (Teacher).
Mangalo trained for 10 years in Buddhist meditation and dharma teaching with Buddhist meditation master Ajahn Sumedho. He began teaching retreat yoga in 2002 on Buddhist ten day retreats and has now taught over 100; as well as teaching on wellness retreats, spending a year as resident Yogacariya at Yobaba Lounge in 2015.
Mangalo has been very privileged to study and practice extensively in the UK, Australia, Austria, India and Thailand, learning and teaching an eclectic mix of Hatha styles, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Theravada Buddhist Samatha – Vipassana meditation.
He has been teaching Classical Yoga and Meditation classes since 2001 and leading day-long practice workshops and Retreats Worldwide since 2002. He has extensive Remedial Yoga and Yoga Therapy experience and training, bringing Yoga Therapy to MS, ME, HIV, Asthma and Cancer clients.
In Mangalo's words:
“My introduction to yoga postures was as an 11 year old, my Mother had a partner who had just returned from 3 years living in Rishikesh. He taught me headstand, shoulderstand, forward bend and Aum chanting.
I began my yoga journey properly in Byron Bay, Australia in June 1990 when I was aged 25 taking my first yoga classes and then finding Andre Van Lysbeth's wonderful self practice manual: "Yoga Self Taught" I enjoyed a solid asana and pranayama practice for 5 years and then lapsed my practice to return to top level british championship motorcycle racing in 1996.
During my top level motorcycle racing career which began in 1983 I raced in four races on the Isle of Man TT course and 14 years in the British National Championships and 6 hour endurance races.
I returned to a yoga practice in 1999 after a huge high speed British Championship motorcycle road racing accident at Oulton Park in Cheshire left my body in a specialist Orthopaedic Hospital with 17 multiple fractures; including 3 intervertebral spinal fractures, nerve damage and paralysis, split sternum, fractured ribs, elbow, both left and right humeral heads and the shaft if the left humerus shattered, 5 metacarpal fractures, scaphoid fracture, radial bone fractures, the immediate hours in hospital with assisted breathing.
Telemetry later showed that I had stepped off of the Honda RS250 racing motorcycle at over 145 MPH.
So, I am a yoga sadhaka practicing with many lasting restrictions and challenges, there is so much my body cannot do.
At the beginning of my yoga 'healing journey' I was very fortunate to be introduced to a Yoga for Health Foundation teacher called Cynthia. I attended my first classes, being able to practice only in a chair for the first few months. The practices and pose adaptations that Cynthia taught me absolutely transformed my life, the prognosis I'd been given by four Orthopaedic specialists literally went out of the window.
I went on to train as a teacher with Bill Feeney at the Yoga for Health Foundation at Ickwell Bury in Bedfordshire and many further years with my root teacher; Meditation Master “Phra Ajahn Sumedho” himself a Hatha Yoga Adept in the 1950's and early 60's before ordaining as a Buddhist Monk in Thailand in 1966.
It was my teacher Ajahn Sumedho who gave me the Pali (Sanskrit) name “Mangalo” in 2003. Mangalo is translated as: "Auspiciousness" or "Blessings".
Since 2001 I have been working with and encouraging and inspiring people with many life restrictions and physical diseases to establish a daily yoga and meditation practice.”