I took my first yoga class in January 2001 and was hooked immediately. I began practising for a variety of reasons, including: to relieve the ever-increasing tension in my neck and shoulders that had formed into a permanent tight knot; to help with an on-going health condition; and to develop a greater spiritual awareness and deeper understanding of what life might be about. My practice since then has indeed helped enormously with all of these things and much more. I truly believe that deeply connecting the body, breathe and mind through yoga brings a sense of groundedness, and a physical, emotional and mental strength and stability that equips us to better face all of life’s challenges.
From being an avid yoga student I went on to complete a four year Aurolab Yoga teacher training course (500 hour IYN-recognised), whilst continuing to build my own daily ashtanga practice.
Unlike many other yoga teachers I do not have a background in dance or gymnastics and I am not a naturally supple person. The strength and flexibility that I now have all come from a dedicated yoga practice, and I strongly believe that anyone, whatever their physical background, can gain great benefit from a regular yoga practice.
As the yoga postures have not come easily to me and I have had to patiently work at them then I very well understand the challenges that people can face when first beginning a yoga practice. As a result of my own experiences, I am very well equipped to help people of all abilities to develop and improve their practice in a safe and careful manner.
I have practiced with and learned a great deal from many wonderful teachers over the years, and continue to study with inspiring teachers as well as regularly attending workshops and retreats to inform and improve my own self practice and my teaching. And my biggest inspiration these days is my students from whom I learn so much on a daily basis.
I truly believe that everyone can benefit from yoga, whatever their background, age or current physical condition, and my approach to teaching is one of warmth, encouragement and care and is always tailored to an individual’s needs.
Having lived and worked in London for many years (prior to teaching yoga I worked in book publishing for over 14 years), I am very aware of the stresses and challenges of big city living and working life, and I know how a regular yoga practice can help to combat these and enable people find more balance, space and calm in their lives.
I teach regular weekly classes, workshops and beginners' courses primarily at an amazing studio called Yoga Creation London in E14, very close to Canary Wharf, and am also available to teach privately, either at Yoga Creation or in people's homes or places of work. Private sessions are for students of all abilities and are tailored to meet your unique and individual needs.
My yoga practice brings me great joy and many benefits. I feel truly blessed to be able to practice and even more fortunate to have the opportunity to share my passion for yoga with others through my teaching.