I began practising yoga in 2000, initially yoga was a form of exercise and weight loss. This all changed during a particularly difficult stage in my life, which sparked a deeper and more meaningful relationship with yoga which has remained with me ever since. I used to view my body like a robot or a machine, expecting it to do the same things each week, regardless of how tired, busy or sleep deprived I was feeling. Yoga has taught me to connect more deeply with how I am in each moment and honour that.
Yoga philosophy has enabled me to change the way I view situations and events, creating more peace and ease in my life. I found that as my body became stronger and more flexible, so did my mind! I make time for both movement and rest in my life these days, and subsequently feel more balanced and happier.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. "
I signed up for the BWY foundation in yoga course in 2012, simply to do something for myself that was not work related. I have woked as a mental health professioanl in the NHS for 20 years.
I went on to study with Christopher Gladwell and Sarah Harlow and completed a 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training course at Yogasara Academy in Bristol. This course took me deeper into my practice and knowledge of yoga. I began to realise that yoga is not just making shapes on mats, it is about having a greater ability to deal with the ups and downs of life. Yoga has helped me to be less stressed, to worry less, to sleep better and to have more energy. Yoga has the potential to help us cope, and increases our sense of happiness and ease in daily life.
I am currently undertaking a 500 hour Yoga Therapy training with Heather Mason at the Minded Institute in London. This course has a focus on mental health issues - Heather's vision to is to take Yoga into the NHS as a form of treatment. I am excited to be a part of this.
I am a qualified yoga Nidra teacher, a practice that encourages deep relaxation and healing. It can help with a range of health problems e.g. pain management, sleep difficulties, low mood, anxiety, low enery and stress. I run a weekly yoga Nidra class on Tuesdays at Yogafurie in Bristol.
I will complete the two year Yoga Therapy Training in March 2019.