I stumbled into my first yoga class 20+ years ago. The class was two hours long: we meditated, breathed, practised Asana (postures) and had a 20 minute Savasana (rest pose). It was glorious . . . And through this class I became aware of my strength, my alignment, and the connection between my mind and body.
3 years later this sort of yoga was gone (or very difficult to find). I bounced from Ashtanga classes to Vinyasa Flow classes, Hatha to Iyengar; I even did a stint in the heat (it was 'interesting').
Today yoga for me is a process of evolution - day to day enquiry about my inner-body connecting to my outer-world.
For me yoga is about connecting . . .
I create a self-practice that honours where I am in each moment, connecting to an authentic style of movement. Some days that simply means sitting still and breathing.
One of my favourite places to be is in an airport, watching the way people connect and disconnect. I am an observer. It's always been that way for me. And it was my love of observation that led me to teaching - first of little people (primary school) and now yoga students. I am a natural teacher, I enjoy finding creative and simple ways of explaining things.
I notice: the way you carry weight in your shoulders, the instep of your foot, the curve of your lower back and the beautiful arch of your spine . . . your body is a story and with practice you can learn to read it well, really well. Once you know the story of your body, your movement changes, becoming more congruent and through this alignment you will find more space, peace and joy in your practice.
I've attended classes and workshops, written exams, taken practicals, sat at the feet of great teachers, I've earned diplomas (3 and counting), I belong to several professional bodies, I have insurance. But my main qualification is that I practise - A LOT and will continue to practise every day. So in a way learning is my greatest qualification and I suspect I'll learn something from you (making you one of my qualifications as well).
I am a Yoga Alliance 200 hour trained teacher and a member of the British Wheel of Yoga. I have completed workshops with David Emerson, Donna Farhi, Elena Brower, Yoga Outreach amongst others. I have completed my certification to teach pregnancy yoga, Restorative yoga and have successfully completed The Phoenix Prison Trust training for teaching yoga in prisons. I have a special interest in trauma sensitive yoga and am currently in the facilitators TCTSY training programme led by David Emerson.
If you want a more comprehensive list of qualifications, ask and I'll draw you a picture (I'm more a doodler than a list maker).