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About 2020-04-27T16:22:14+00:00

HOW I GOT HERE

What started out as a physical practice in 2000, has evolved into a way of reconciling the ups and downs of my life. Postures were a great starting point, but I soon craved depth of understanding to get into the subtle layers. Through years of practice, exposure and study, I am now blessed to have an inward-facing practice that brings me great stability and joy to mind, body & mood.

Right from a young age I was a sensitive soul, an empath. On top of that, I’ve had two traumatising life events; one in my teens and again in my early twenties amounting to PTSD, IBS, grief and anxiety. It was in the era of suppressing emotions for fear of showing weakness, so my body silently housed everything until I discovered yoga!

At the start my practice was athletic, giving my body strength and pliability. However, my deep wounds remained buried. My hunger for healing led me to train as a teacher at YogaCampus in London and by 2006 I became a 200hr qualified teacher. Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, AG Mohan, Scott Blossom, Judith Lasater, Bo Forbes and Leslie Kaminoff have influenced my journey.

Some years on, I modified my practice whilst training in therapeutics and that’s when I was brave enough to unravel the deeply hidden trauma’s. The fractured pieces, delicately held through inquiry meant boundaries were set to approach the uncomfortable. Going at my pace, respecting my limits, my body was finally being heard and it was a huge sense of relief and comfort. Behind the habit of suppressing I could tend to the wounds sensitively using tools and techniques to process the deeper layers. My dedication and devotion paid me back by marrying the physical practice with the spiritual. I felt whole and what once felt dark, was now shining bright. So, from those early traumatic events I have uncovered the richness of life through the lens of yoga.

I’m a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with British Wheel of Yoga & Yoga Alliance Professionals. Above that, I’m also an Advanced Restorative Trainer® and an Integrative Yoga Therapeutics teacher.

As your teacher, I blend more than just the poses on the mat because I believe we desperately need a diverse set of tools to cope with life’s challenges. High on my list would be resilience, boundaries, deep rest, as well as the other familiar benefits of yoga. I teach specific techniques of breathing whilst the moving and working of the body is organised around the breath. Practicing therapeutically means we inquire within through focussed movement, attentive breathing, structural integrity, emotional relief and stillness. With an inquiry led practice, it will feel more like your own and less like you’re being told what to do.

Being calm but measured enables us to practice from a more patient place to touch base with our boundaries on any given day. The nervous system can be soothed leading the way for new health and happiness, whilst remaining present with the inner practice. When your body is comfortable enough to shift it’s attention from the physical, you can be at ease approaching the deeper layers if you wish. Recognising your whole experience on the mat gives potential to support broader inquiry off the mat, aiding serenity for mind, body and mood.

WHY I TEACH

My calling as a yoga teacher is to help people read their physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. In my view, yoga should be a whole experience where you draw on life experiences, trust your gut wisdom and personal intellect. My students say I have a sensitive approach and good awareness for their needs and that means they are experiencing yoga as a way to wholeness.

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“My practice gives me space for connection where I can see, sense and embrace what my body is holding”
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