Yoga has been part of my life on and off for a long time, my mum is a yoga teacher and apparently I used to wiggle around on her mat when I was a baby! I have two wonderful, energetic boys. Being a parent is rewarding but challenging! My yoga practice has helped me through some tricky times (ahem, lockdown) and continues to do so.
Time on my mat provides me with time and space to move, breathe, pause, and reflect. Those little pauses help provide perspective when life begins to feel like a hamster wheel, and help me handle things better in all my relationships. I notice (and so does my family!) I can handle challenges better, be more present as a parent, and have more patience even when I've only had 10 minutes on my mat to move or meditate. My personal postural practice is mainly ashtanga but I love learning from other disciplines and styles of yoga and movement therapy and often include them in my classes. I find stillness hard but I'm learning, and have discovered that immersing myself in freezing cold water helps! These days my practice is definitely more than just time on my mat, it's moments with my children, my husband, solo walks with my dog (Shaba), the beautiful countryside I live in, friends, nature, and learning how we can protect our planet for future generations.
Before starting a family I worked in the corporate world but decided to leave my desk to spend time with them and completed my YTT with Gingi Lee and Kath Roberts, guest teachers Norman Blair, Ruth Westoby, (and more). I've also trained in Yin Yoga with Norman Blair, Anatomy with Stu Girling and Melanie Cooper, and over 100 hrs CPD with Joey Miles and Adam Husler.
I teach a dynamic vinyasa / ashtanga based class with a focus on alignment to build stability and strength, and pranayama (breathwork) to calm the mind.
I teach corporate yoga, 1:1s and small groups.
I also teach nursery school children, and feel very passionately about helping them to have a positive association with yoga, having fun, moving and learning very simple mindfulness techniques, I love these classes, they're also my most exhausting classes of the week!
Yoga is so much more than just asana (postures), I truly believe there's yoga in some form out there for everyone.