I found Yoga ten years ago at a point in my life where I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes and at first yoga became the tool to achieve this. It worked, those that know me well know just how much of an effect it had on me and I became a dedicated practitioner with a few local teachers. Eventually my path led me to the Ashtanga yoga, traveling to Manchester as many times a week as possible to practice with Matt Ryan and the other teachers at Yoga Manchester, so dedicated was my practice I even occasionally woke myself up at 4:45a.m to travel to Trafford to practice Mysore practice, the traditional way of learning the Ashtanga Yoga sequences.
In 2014, I traveled to Mysore India to practice with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI, the birth place and spiritual home of this practice. From there, travelling up to the Himalayas completed my first Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa with Vijay Amar, returning in 2018 to complete my advanced 500 hour training once again with Vijay Amar.
I first discovered a deeper understanding of my own wellbeing through meditation. In 2017, I was really stressed and on the edge of burnout (but didn’t know how much at the time!) so I learned a really simple meditation technique that has stayed with me since I learned. I then decided to take a break from my fast-paced media career and leave London, first of all to travel, and then move back to the North West, where I’m from. In India I did my first 200hr yoga teacher training, and in Nepal I trained in my first sound meditation certificate too. My initial training in Vinyasa Flow and since then in Yin yoga and Mindfulness have developed my teaching style towards slow but strong, mindful flows and deep, nourishing postures. I encourage you to move intuitively, listening to your body. I combine mindfulness and meditation in all of my classes, and sometimes bring my sound meditation instruments along too, which add to the deep relaxation of Savasana.
As a yoga teacher, my aim is to enable students to become aware of their breath, body and mind as they practice, and in order to achieve this, I slow things down. I do this because I think life is already busy, hectic and stressful and in my own practice, this is what I am craving – a slow, mindful way to re-connect with my body. So this is how I teach.
My background as a Counselling Psychologist means that I am well aware of the emotional and mental benefits of yoga as much as I am the physical. I can see how a focus on the physical body can benefit the mind, as well as how a focus on the mind and breath benefits the body. This connection is what yoga is about. When I teach my yoga classes, I hope to instil a sense of calm and peace to enable you to let go of physical tension. Sometimes, this is achieved by holding poses for some time to enable our bodies to learn to release. Sometimes this is through working on the breath. And sometimes, we just have to learn to surrender in a space that is safe to do so.
I trained in London, at Yogacampus and have since have had the opportunity to train with Donna Farhi, Sarah Powers, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Simon Low and Norman Blair. If you are new to yoga, these names may mean very little, so by way of explanation, my emphasis has been on grounding, slowing down, restoring ourselves and holding steady on our yoga mat, so that off the mat we can hopefully alter our responses and feel more connected in our life.
I stumbled into yoga at a time in my life when I was suffering an internal struggle with my mental health. Looking for a way out, I found my way in. Through my practice i found new ways to not only train my body but to make peace with my mind. Wanting to share what yoga had done for me with others, led me to completing my Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. Having trained as a dancer for many years I have a passion for creative, intuitive movement, which I incorporate into my teaching. Yoga continues to inspire me and it is this passion that I seek to share with others, inviting them into their own experience of this life-changing practice.