SATI Teachers


Viprasanna Viprasanna

My name is DEREK SMITH and I am 66 years old and am fortunate to be in good health (thanks largely, I am sure, to my yoga practice) although advancing age has presented me with challenges requiring appropriate adaptations to my practice which I can pass on to others.I have been practising Yoga since I was 27 and teaching since 1996.

For the past 29 years, I have been deeply engaged in understanding and living my life in accordance with the Buddha-Dharma (‘Buddhism’) and in 1993 I accepted an ordination into what is now the Triratna Buddhist Order and given the name VIPRASANNA (a name imbued with qualities which I am challenged to develop more). In this context, I have taught Meditation since 1992.

I qualified as a yoga teacher with The British Wheel of Yoga in 1999 and have found that the paths described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and in the Buddha-Dharma are marvellously compatible.

I live in Castle Acre, Norfolk and enjoy playing in a band and conducting Genealogy research.

From time to time, I will be co-leading events with other teachers who share a similar approach