Experiencing back pain and frequent migraines, I was reluctant to take daily medication and she suggested I try yoga. My physical health started to improve almost immediately but as I practiced more, I became increasingly aware of the impact it was also having on my mental and emotional wellbeing. It was not only making me feel better in my body but that class on the way home from work was also helping me to balance the stress of a high pressure job.
I trained as a yoga teacher in 2015 and initially combined teaching with a full time career in change management. Realising that my heart no longer lay in corporate life, I made the leap in early 2018. I have continued to study, completing my Yin yoga teacher training and a two year embodied relational yoga therapy course.
I am also passionate about raising dementia awareness and volunteer as a Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society, helping to create more dementia friendly communities by running group information sessions for those interested in becoming a Dementia Friend.
My teaching is influenced by a number of different schools of yoga and movement, and probably doesn’t have a label any more. I’d probably rather call it ‘yoga inspired movement’. The common thread that runs through all my movement classes is giving you space to explore and inviting you to be curious about yourself and to move in a way that feels good to you. You know your body way better than any teacher ever could. In my classes I offer suggestions and invitations but the most important things for me is to help you develop the confidence to trust the intelligence of your own body and to never feel you have to follow, copy or achieve anything that isn’t right for you.
My breath classes follow the teaching of Ben Wolff, combining the therapeutic power of the breath with learning from the world’s of physiology, neuroscience and hypnotherapy to soothe the brain and balance the body’s systems. Breath classes are not yogic breathing (pranayama) and do not involve exercise. All classes involve a digital metronome that is played during the class to create the rhythm for the breath.
I am fully qualified and insured to teach yoga and practice breath therapy. I maintain Emergency First Aid at Work training.