After discovering a gem of a class at a local gym and practicing for a couple of years, I liked the sense of calm, peace and focus yoga gave my very distractible mind. I also enjoyed less aches and pains as a result of my body becoming steadier and stronger.
I travelled to Kerala, India to study at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. (200hr Yoga Alliance RYS Jan 2015). I enjoyed the course, loved life in the Ashram and knew yoga was going to be a big part of my life.
With a genuine desire to help others share in the benefits of regular yoga practice I began to teach and continued to learn.
I qualified (June 2018) as a Somatic Exercise Coach having trained with Lisa Petersen Living yoga. This line of enquiry really changed my teaching practice and approach. I find it intellectually stimulating and I like how it is teaching others to help themselves.
I have now lead yoga asana classes with pranayama and more mindful movement in Manchester for the last 4 years and have gained over 600 hours of teaching experience at my classes at leisure centres, community centres, an inner city school, college and university, private offices and covering at Bodywise in Manchester Buddhist Centre.
In the busy leisure centre environment my creativity and ability to adapt and change has proved essential. In these popular fully rounded classes I like to create a non-competitive, peaceful, light-hearted, atmosphere combining the energy of group practice with individual focus. I try to allow time for people to absorb what they do, move more mindfully and encourage a peaceful practice hopefully able to continue their day with a sense of well-being.
Believing in continuing personal development I continue to attend workshops.
Most recently, Gentle is the New Advanced with J Brown at Triyoga, London. (Jan 2019)
Breath Centred Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff at Triyoga, London. (June 2018)
Moving from Centre with Gaby Porter.
Somatic Movement Education with Lisa Petersen, Gaby Porter & Maggie Peasewood. Embodied Yoga with Amanda Latchmore, Yoga with Christine Howitt, core stability and Kirtan. I regularly attend Bhakti yoga sessions and I go to a myriad of styles of Yoga on offer in Manchester which inspires and informs my own practice.
With a background in graphic design, the arts, and occupational therapy, there’s a lot of other stuff I can also bring to the table!