I have been a student of yoga since 1999. Yoga had such a strong and positive impact on my life that I wanted to pass it on through becoming a teacher myself. Completing my yoga training whilst bringing up two small children has been a challenge and a joy! My main teaching is Hatha yoga, practising the physical postures (asana) to develop strength and correct alignment, with a strong focus on breathing exercises (pranayama) emphasising awareness of the breath as well as technique. Meditation and relaxation form a large part of my classes. My intention as a teacher is to help students acquire an awareness of the body and breath and to work towards strengthening the body, calming the mind, opening the heart and cultivating balance in the face of life’s challenges and find deeper access to one’s joy and potential. I also teach Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy.
My training was with Yogacampus one of the UK’s top training centres, accredited by British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance (200hr) studying with a variety of teachers from different yoga traditions, including Graham Burns, Susanne Lahusen, Liz Lark, Sara Litton, Catriona Brokensure and Katrina Repka. I also completed the Yogacampus Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and the Relax and Renew Teacher Training in Restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.
I strongly believe yoga can benefit everyone, and I learn something new every time I step on the mat.
Ahimsa (meaning non-violence) is one of the five “yamas” from the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali. Yamas are the ethics for living and ahimsa is the first and perhaps most important. Non violence in our yoga practice means working with kindness towards ourselves, not overworking in the posture or breathing practice. And as we take our yoga off the mat and into our lives to practice ahimsa is to notice how we interact with others, being non-violent in words and thoughts, being present and compassionate. Gandhi who promoted the practice of ahimsa described it as, “The avoidance of harm to any living creature in thought or deed.