I took up yoga seriously after having spent a number of years attending the odd class here and there but never quite 'getting it'. In 2010 I was introduced to Shadow Yoga through a colleague and it opened up a totally different world to me, away from the sports centres and Hatha classes I'd been going to. After attending a number of workshops and a weekly self-practice class with Karen Watson at Islington Yoga, I started to look into other yoga styles and develop a home practice.
I went to my first Ashtanga class in 2012 and the rest is history. I fell in love with Ashtanga the minute I stepped foot in the class, despite the fact I struggled with most of the postures. My teacher, Karen Howells (at Yoga Flower) has been a real inspiration for me and I have lots of thank her for - not least of all setting me on the path to achieve my Yoga Alliance 200hr teaching certificate, which I am due to complete in October 2015. Her teacher, Brian Cooper at Union Yoga, is now my teacher, and both these people have had a huge influence on my practice.
I've subsequently gone on to do workshops and courses with the likes of Sophie Peach (Triyoga, Soho), Kino McGregor, David Swenson and Tim Miller. Although I don't get to practice Mysore style in a studio setting as much as I would like, I've learnt from a number of great teachers including Nea Ferrier (in Dubai) and Susan Bysh (in London).
I've also attended Yin Yoga workshops with Amanda Wright (also at Yoga Place) and studied basic Thai Massage with Brian Cooper to complement my yoga teaching.
I've always been interested in anatomy, having been sporty since childhood (running and cycling). Studying yoga has given me an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of yoga anatomy, whilst my experience as a runner and cyclist has prompted me to look in more detail at how yoga can help with injuries and areas of tension caused by other sports. Attending Dr Ray Long's course at Triyoga (Soho) was a real eye-opener and a great opportunity.
Outside the more traditional approach to yoga, I love a bit of fun and am always keen to attend workshops and courses that offer something a bit different. I am due to attend a three day workshop on Rocket Yoga, with Carson Clay Clahoun over from the States, in August this year.