Yoga has held a special place in my heart since my first class when I was 13 years old. Even then I remember feeling like I had found something important and that yoga would be a part of my life in some way.
I have always been very interested in holistic health and the therapeutic power of physical movement as well as in Eastern philosophy, meditation and mindfulness. My first degree was in Herbal Medicine. I then studied psycho-neuroimmunology and went on to do a Masters Degree in Psychology. During this time I specialised in learning about the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness meditation, particularly in anxiety disorders and depression. For me, yoga blends my interests beautifully into an art, a philosophy and a science that is both simple at its core as well as extremely profound. It has so much to offer in this fast-paced modern world full with stress and addiction to productivity. It brings us home to the truth of who we are and it helps us to find an inner sense of balance and peace.
Personally, yoga has had a huge impact on my life. It has been an important part of my own healing journey and I am immensely grateful for that. It is so much more than an exercise, than just a way to increase in flexibility, strength and tone. It certainly has those benefits (and many more!) but the real beauty of yoga is it’s transformative power; a power it has through the focus on both the health of the mind and the health of the body as one.
My Yoga Style
I completed my foundation with the British Wheel of Yoga and my 200hr Teacher Training in London with Heather Elton. I trained to teach yoga for pregnancy and birth with with Uma Dinsmore-Tulli, Lisa White and midwife Annie Lester.
My classes are down to earth, clear and accessible. I hold an open and welcome space for each persons' experience of yoga. I believe yoga should be fun and exploratory as well as profound. I integrate the practice of mindful awareness, alignment, hatha and vinyasa along with more subtle yoga practices involving breath, mudra and sounds to enable deep relaxation. My passion is to educate and empower students to use their practice on the yoga mat as a catalyse for positive growth and development in every aspect of their daily lives.
I encourage others to pay attention to what is going on inside themselves, to honour their own experience and to engage with the practice in a way that is kind and gentle.
I want your experience of yoga to be your own. To be relevant to your life. To help you tread more lightly on the earth.
I look forward to meeting you on the mat soon.