My Love of Yoga
Yoga came into my life 14 years ago and having had 3 children and being a stay at home Mum, searching for a strong fitness regime I could fit in with raising a young family.
I totally remember being incredulous at the pace, the intensity and how euphoric I felt at the end of each Ashtanga class. I also relished the deep sense of calm and well-being that encompassed me in relaxation at the end of class.
I convey my love for Yoga in a cheerful, supportive manner, knowing that we all need to be kind to others, as well as to ourselves, on our journey.
Yoga gave me so much more emotionally and spiritually seeing almost immediate posture, flexibility improvements and gradually I built up strength and eventually learnt to breathe correctly. I was excited at the stamina the practice required, but my practice was sporadic.
My Yoga Teachings
Over the years, I realised that yoga gave me so much more emotionally and spiritually than just a physical workout, embarking on teacher training in 2012 with Brian Cooper of Union Yoga.
I have basked in the mindful teachings of Manju Jois, David Swenson, Luke Jordan, Joey Miles and Matt Ryan. I hold in highest regard my first yoga teacher Granville Cousins, grateful also for the ongoing teachings of Donna Southwell and Andrea Everingham.
My Yoga Journey
I have been practising yoga for over 15 years and in that time my relationship to yoga has changed. Initially I came to yoga fora bit of peace and exercise and something Teresa and I could do together to escape 3 children under 3.
We practised Ashtanga and slowly began to realise that this was much more than exercise and relaxation as my body shape began to change and I felt different.
My journey has had ups and downs and there have been times when I felt like giving up. I have a back ground as a competitive gymnast as a child and spent most of my childhood upside down and tumbling so have always had an affinity to inversions and contorting my body.
My Yoga Teachers
I then embarked upon a daily practice and made real developments into my practice. I decided to take the teacher training in 2012 and took myself to Germany and studied under Sharon Gannon, David Life the co-founders of Jivamukti.
My teachers were also Yogaswari, Gabrielle Bozic and the renowned Patrick Broome. Under their tutelage I developed my understanding and perception of Yoga. I have since studied with Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, Emma Henry Joey Miles and Donna Southwell
I seemed to reach a plateau until I 2011 when I embarked on my first Yoga retreat to Feurtaventura and discovered Jivamukti Yoga, this came as a revelation and I instantly became inspired by the teacher who answered all my Whys and How’s.
Andrea Everingham gave a truly inspiring immersion into Jivamukti and I felt liberated and motivated to deepen my practice.
I Discovered Yoga by Accident
In 2012 whilst attending a painting workshop at the Tao Centre in Greece. I had enrolled on a work/study program which allowed me to participate in free yoga classes taught by a wonderful teacher called Sassy. I found her enthusiasm infectious and enjoyed the way yoga made me feel. Upon my return to the UK I continued with my practice and have been dedicated to the principles of yoga ever since.
In January 2016 I successfully completed a 200 hour teacher training program in Rishikesh, India. I am now a certified E-RYT200 teacher specialising in Hatha Vinyasa, Alignment and Meditation.
My Yoga Journey Began in India
In 2013 in went to the ‘International Sivananda Yoga Centre’, which is the ashram (yoga centre) and was based in the picturesque setting of Uttarkashi, at the base of the Himalaya Mountains.
At the Ashram I completed my teacher training in Hatha Yoga. My experience there allowed me to truly appreciate the holistic and physical benefits of Yoga.When practiced Asana (steady pose) and pranayama (breathing techiques) along with relaxation and meditation, over time this will build strength and flexibility to the body whilst purifying and cleansing the mind, body and soul.
Yoga can bring many benefits into your life improving balance & concentration, strength & flexibility. It can also be used to help ease anxiety, stess and depression helping you find that inner peace.
The stillness of the mind has been my ultimate aim in recent years. A wellbeing advocate & a yoga enthusiast, I believe that everyone is fighting their own battle; and quite often we mask how we are feeling just to get through the day. With that in mind, I often remind myself of the vulnerability of everyone that walks through the yoga session, and how I can help shift one’s energy through the class I provide.
My Teachers and Inspiration
My work is influenced by many teachers like Desikachar, Scaravelli, Stiles, Feldenkrais, and admittedly, the best teachers are fellow practitioners/students.
Although I started doing yoga in 2004, my love for yoga only picked up in mid 2013. For this, I am ever so grateful for the opportunity to learn with Julie Royle (who showed me how powerful a simple Iyengar class can be), Andrea Everingham (for such inspiring spirit and where you hear loud Biggy music in a yoga class), Manju Jois (for his great energy & generosity in the traditional teachings of ashtanga), Clare Whitehouse (for always reminding me to be humble in my teachings), Patricia Cronin (for her continuing patience & critiques to make me a better Yoga Therapist), and of course Teresa (for all those much needed burst of laughters in class) & Kevin Dennison for the continuous support, teachings and generosity all these years.
I am passionate about three things: food, karaoke and yoga 🙂
In yoga, I bring some elements of therapeutic application, with the aim to invite practitioners/students to experience just that few moments of stillness of the mind, at the beginning, or at the end of every class. Peace.