I trained as a yoga teacher in Bristol, at the Yogasara Academy, where I completed a 500 hour advanced teacher training. Registered Independent Yoga Network (IYN).
I am a Yoga Therapist - I completed this training at the Minded institute in London – a 2 year course (550 hours). I have 3 case studies to complete by September 2019 to gain accreditation with the British Council of Yoga Therapists -BCYT
I am a qualified Yoga Nidra teacher, a practice that encourages deep relaxation, creativity and healing. It can help with a range of health problems e.g. pain management, sleep difficulties, low mood, anxiety, low energy and stress.
I worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS for over 20 years – I enjoyed many varied jobs working in hospitals and the community, with both adults and young people with a wide range of difficulties. I am trained and have a range of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Therapy, Coaching, DBT.
A Little More About My Yoga Journey
I signed up for the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) foundation in yoga course in 2012, I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life & simply wanted to do something for myself that was not work related. By the end I knew I wanted to know more, I felt I had dipped my toe into something that was amazing!
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. I had no intention of teaching just wanted to learn more. 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. It quite literally changed my life & by the end I felt compelled to share what I had learned and experienced with others. Yoga has so much potential for our physical, emotional & mental wellbeing.
Deciding to sign up for Yoga Therapy training with Heather Mason at the Minded Institute in London, seemed like a natural step to bring together both my nursing skills and yoga experience. Heather's vision to is to take Yoga Therapy into the NHS as a form of treatment. Exciting times!
Yoga for Stress & Burnout - Yoga Campus, London. (Yoga Alliance) Hands on Training - Anatomy and Facilitation course at Yogasara, Bristol. (IYN)
"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." Albert Einstein