I reluctantly stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time 10 years ago. At the time I didn’t really know much about yoga. From what I did know I had a feeling it wouldn’t be for me. I don’t often admit it but this is one time I am very happy to say- I was very wrong.
From that first yoga class I knew yoga was something that would be a huge part of my life. Wherever my path took me. However, I didn’t realise the extent of the benefits I would get from practicing and now teaching yoga. Ten years on and i’m now teaching full time. I continue to be surprised and touched by what yoga gives to me every day both on and off the mat.
Struggling to find zen
From that first class I quickly established a regular practice combining vinyasa flow and asthanga. I was very surprised to discover additional benefits away from the physical practice including a calmer mind. I was (and still am) that person who is constantly on the go. Always thinking ahead and planning and I found it really hard to switch off. It took me almost 2 years to actually switch off at the end of class and it was truly amazing. I remember floating out of the studio that evening with a clear realisation. Yoga was now not just about getting my regular fitness. Yoga was a key part of my life on and off the mat.
My teaching journey began 7 years ago- I completed my 200hr teacher training with Yoga London. I am also trained in pregnancy, mum & baby yoga and kids yoga. My background is in dance and gymnastics. I like to incorporate the freedom of movement and creative sequences into my classes.
Yoga benefits on and off the mat
I’ve experienced first hand the benefits of yoga as a compliment to other sports and training. Whilst training for a marathon 6 years ago, yoga kept me injury free and improved my recovery significantly. From this I started exploring the benefits yoga can bring to athletes of any level and studied advanced anatomy specialising in injury recovery and prevention. This quickly became my focus and for the past few years I have worked with athletes across multiple sports including professional rugby players, Olympic weight lifters, professional MMA fighters, triathletes and marathon runners.
My classes are accessible to all levels- I see my job as the teacher to help every student understand how their body should feel in every pose. I work on the students’ body awareness and personal goals, leaving any ego or competition at the door. In my classes you can expect a strong practice with an element of personal freedom and fun- yes we laugh in every class.
I am Yoga Alliance certified and take regular workshops and classes to ensure I maintain my own practice, continue to challenge myself and to keep my teaching fresh and fun.
Looking forward to seeing you on the mat.
“What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you” Ralph Waldo Emerson