My first thoughts about yoga were for a long while, as cynical as they come. I at the time, was nowhere near touching my toes and looked at these slim bendy people and scoffed, hippy rubbish, boring and definitely not for me. That was my stance, even during 2 six month stints in India. I was young, fearful and dare I say it a little resentful of these healthy, flexible bodies, easier to not try. Then I started teaching at a college for young adults with complex behavioural difficulties, I taught wilderness skills, basket weaving, landwork. It was great, but I found myself wired from the roller coaster of the days, and well, beer just didn't quite do it anymore. I'd started climbing again, and saw a mini yoga course for climbers. After the class when I stepped out, I remember clearly - I was buzzing, from head to toe, buzzing. But for the first time in what felt like years, it was my body that buzzed, my mind was still. There was a clarity and a peace and an aliveness, I'd not felt anything like it before. I was grinning like an idiot, I was half an inch taller , and the relief I felt from the ceasing of a constant barrage of thoughts felt like bliss. I went back. And back and back and back. I listened intently. I focused, really focused and my body focused with me.
My main study was Iyengar and Ashtanga vinyasa flow. I practiced myself for 5 years, and then I set off on an adventure to Peru, where I stumbled on a yoga teacher training. The rest is history : )
I qualified and began teaching immediately. I taught seven days a week, and I loved every minute of it. I started teaching local kids sessions too, and I also began therapeutic yoga sessions in a secure unit for young mums who had suffered rape and sexual abuse. To share how it can change our perceptions, beginning with the self, the body and mind, helping us to realise our true This is why I love teaching - to help others gain confidence and strength in their own abilities and accomplish things they once thought impossible.
I have taught in Peru, Spain, France and now in
I qualified with Yoga Inbound International in 2012, 200hr certificate
I am also a qualified teacher in the lifelong sector
I am a certified and accredited personal trainer and I also have a diploma in exercise referral
Before this, my background was in the arts, studying fine art at Leeds college of art and design and then at Chelsea college of art in London.
I have taken two mindfulness courses with Sheffield Hallam University, and have found all of these trainings very useful both for myself and the development of my practice as a yoga teacher.
My favourite pose is the handstand. I have found inversions for sure the most challenging, but I love the feeling it gives me, and I've loved the excitement of achieving something that scares me : ) It never ceases to settle my mind and make me feel invigorated too. Inversions are incredible for that.
I want to achieve - full Vrschikasana - scorpion, with my feet resting calmly on the top of my head, nothing to it they'd say! A girl can but
My favourite quote is- if you have good thoughts, they will shine on your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl, The Twits
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