I went to my first class whilst on holiday, twelve years ago, and have never looked back! I am not sure what first hooked me in but it was when I discovered that yoga was about the whole person rather than just the physical person that I became so interested.
Although I love the Asana (posture) work for strength, flexibility and co-ordination, yoga works on so many other different levels, and it started to help me understand some of my ‘life’ questions. There is something new to enjoy every day. I often get asked how long I have been practicing…to be honest I have been practicing all my life, it is only in the last few years that I have been able to label it.
I obtained my teacher training diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to be able to share my learning and love of yoga, and to see how it really makes a difference to people. I love sharing yoga – I love learning from those that come to class – I love the fact that we are all equal in a yoga room, no matter what our ability, experience or knowledge.
To give you an idea of my training since 2012, I have also done the following, along with many CPD days and weekends:
- Satyananda Intergration teacher training with Swami Vedantananda in Portugal.
- Meditation from the Tantras course with Swami Pragyamurti. I also attend weekend courses with her yearly.
- BWY Module on Yoga for People Living with Cancer with Julie Friedeberger. Many of my friends and family have had cancer and some are no longer with me physically. It was after the death of my very dear friend Jo that I knew I wanted to share yoga with other sufferers, as I whole heartedly believe yoga can help you. This course showed me that it does not have to be only those with cancer that can be helped, but anyone suffering from any disease or illness that means they are restricted in their physical or mental abilities.
- Vigyana Bhairava Tantra meditation course, Mandala Yoga Ashram
- Yantra and Mantra course with Brahmananda in Italy
I learn so much from my students and my many teachers… and from watching and listening to nature. I have learnt so much about myself as well…and that means I can help and share with so many other people around me. I love yoga. Too many I’s in there but hopefully you get the picture of how much I am in love with the benefits of yoga!
Yoga is a major part of my life, but outside of yoga, I enjoy travelling and trekking. My lovely partner Nick and I spend most holidays trekking in Nepal—a truly beautiful country. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but you can find so much peace there, and the people are so friendly, open hearted and generous. I can talk for hours on Nepal! I love being out in nature, be it walking in the Derbyshire Peaks, gardening or even cycling on the odd occasion! Food is another passion so if I can find something local to bring home and cook – that wraps up a perfect day!