I came to yoga by chance in 1997 via a meditation course. The very first class I attended felt like I had found me! I knew that I was going to practice yoga from that moment on. From those very first classes I became calmer, clearer happier and more embodied. It didn't take long for my yoga practice to become a daily ritual for me as I felt the benefits in body, mind and spirit.
I traveled to India for 6 months in 2003 and spent time exploring yoga in more depth, spending time at the Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and practicing with many teachers all over India and returned in 2008 for further study. During the earlier trip I became really inspired and truly started to connect with yoga philosophy and teachings beyond just the physical asana practice. It also affirmed my desire to teach so on returning to the UK I trained with Jim Tarran (my teacher of several years and the founder of Vajrasati yoga) in the Vajrasati School of yoga and started teaching in 2004 and became fully qualified (Yoga Alliance 500 hours) in 2006. I am now a Senior Teacher of the Vajrasati school and I assist training new students on the Vajrasati teacher training course. As I believe yoga is a constant journey of learning I continue to further my development with regular training with teachers such as Cathy-Mae Karelse, Judith Lasater, Sarah Powers, Donna Farhi, Paul Grilley and Christopher (Hareesh) Wallis.
My teaching style is calming and focused with particular attention given to breath awareness and cultivation and recognition of energy and connection with our inner state of being. I use dynamic and restorative (and a whole range in-between!) classical and modern postural yoga asanas to bring us towards yoga/integration. I teach based on the astanga (8 limbs - not to be confused with astanga vinyasa) path of yoga , incorporating yoga philosophy into my asana classes, and teaching other practices such as pranayama (breathing practices), dhyana (meditation) and mantra (chanting). I am also inspired by meditation and traditional yoga philosophy such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and tantra texts such as the Vijnana Bhairava, Shiva Sutras and the Spanda Karika and a strong interest in feminine deities of Indic philosophy but I also take inspiration from anything and everything from being a mother to being an environmentalist or just simply being a being in the world!