My yoga journey started in the early 90’s when I joined a local class and found that practising yoga was life changing. I chose to start living more holistically, integrating health and well-being with mind and body.
I qualified as a Yoga Teacher with British Wheel of Yoga (recognised by Sport England as the governing body for Yoga in Great Britain) and have been teaching weekly Hatha Yoga classes since 2006, promoting a safe and nurturing environment that encourages self-discovery and non-competitiveness.
My aim is to create a friendly informal atmosphere, combining fun with developing an awareness of alignment, flexibility, breath, relaxation and moving into postures through freedom not force.
My yoga classes include exploring Hatha yoga postures and sequences, encouraging each individual to reach their full potential while adapting postures and practices to suit differing abilities and physical limitations.
I also focus on restorative practices and relaxation helping to nourish and create a peaceful mind, an open heart and more grounded attitude, all of which can help us to relax completely releasing unwanted tension.
Everyone can benefit from yoga’s therapeutic and holistic approach to good health and well-being.
As an Occupational Therapist I work with a diverse range of people to help them overcome the effects of disability caused by physical or psychological illness, ageing or accident. My aim is to understand each person’s requirements and lifestyle so that I can create the best treatment plan for them. Teaching a range of students with differing needs has enhanced my skills of assessing the needs of each individual student, and adapting course content and delivery style to meet these needs.
Since completing my teaching diploma I have continued my professional development and my own yoga practice with attending a wide range of workshops and training with various teachers, I have been inspired by my teachers Angie Blowers, Gillian Russel and Scaravelli inspired yoga teachers Louise Simmons and Bill Wood.
A particularly challenging but rewarding community project I worked on was a course entitled the Skills for Healthy Living. I was one of three tutors who were involved with supporting individuals from deprived areas to take control of their lives, increase skills, confidence,and knowledge to live a healthy life. Some had mental health needs e.g. bipolar or depression, some had learning difficulties/disabilities e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s and some had physical illnesses such as cancer, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. I developed my own skills and introduced people to the benefits of yoga.
As well as continuing my professional development as a Yoga Teacher I am currently working on a four year Feldenkrais teacher training course and have started to incorporate some of the concepts into my weekly classes.
Yoga has been life enhancing for me, it’s such an ancient discipline, yet so simple, anyone can do it. I can’t imagine my life without yoga. I want to share this with others through my teaching.