I first came to yoga, while working in TV production. Having suffered with anxiety and panic attacks towards the end of an 8 year career in the industry, I was advised to explore the yoga and mindfulness route, rather than diving into my regular hedonistic ways to run away from the uncomfortable feelings that anxiety brings.
Totally skeptical at first, I went with it.... and here I am now. Still learning and exploring the relationship between the mind and body through movement and breath every day, and hoping I can share the positive affects it has had on my monkey mind with anyone willing to learn.
For me, yoga is not about exercising or toning up. It is not a sport or a competition. The yoga I am passionate about teaching is a present moment awareness, through a carefully sequenced moving meditation, designed to clear the mind, tap into inner creativity and create more space in the body. Yoga is about community ; bringing people together, in a relaxed and non-egotistical atmosphere. Yoga should be available to everybody and every body and approached in a playful, patient and kind manner. And yoga should be fun.
Through my own practice, I have learnt to be kinder with myself and to accept things as they are. I recognise that there will always be good days and bad days, and we must embrace them both. I have learnt that finding a balance will always be a challenge - but am becoming more aware of when I am see-sawing too heavily on one side. I have learnt that the breath will always be your biggest tool, and more often than not - I need to slow mine down. Most importantly however, I have understood the power of mindfulness, present moment awareness and the ability to take yourself out of your head and into your body. Which for me, as a past anxiety sufferer, has been a game changer. The more present we are, the clearer our heads, the less worries we have, the better decisions we make and we don't miss out on the wonders of the world flashing us by every second. I don't care how many times you fall out of crows, how many childs poses you take, or whether you float through the class effortlessly - if your focus is fully present during that hour - then I have done what I set out to achieve.
I certified as an Ashtanga 200 hr teacher with Yoga Alliance at Sampoorna Yoga, India in 2012. Then completed my Vinyasa Flow 500 hr certificate in November 2014. Both experiences took my understanding to a whole new level and I am forever grateful to my amazing teachers in India. In April 2017 I completed 80hrs of Pregnancy YTTC with YogaMamma in Putney and am now passionate about supporting women mentally and physically, through the lead up to birth.
I currently teach busy group classes, 1-2-1s, corporates and workshops in and around London, as well as hosting yearly retreats in France, Spain and India.
Look forward to seeing you on the mat soon.