I first stumbled across yoga over 10 years ago and I'll admit that my motivation was purely to gain a toned “yoga body”. I don't believe there's anything wrong with saying that, we all have our reasons for coming to this practise!
It's only after having children that I noticed my reasons for coming back to the mat changed: while I still craved a dynamic workout I relished the sense of peace that came after. This is when my journey into yoga really started and I credit my practise at this time as being the path that led me back to my centre after a huge lifestyle shift.
I committed to my practise and completed my initial 200hr training with an Outstanding grade from renowned teacher Claire Missingham. I continue to learn from Claire and other amazing teachers who inspire me to explore yoga more deeply and integrate it more wholly into my life. In 2017 I completed a 100hr certification in Yin yoga, a style that I feel offers a great compliment to a more dynamic practise.
I believe that yoga is a means to discovering who we are, not who we feel we ought to be. It's so easy to lose track of this with our frantic pace of life, especially during major life transitions, but yoga can help us rediscover and reconnect with ourselves. For me yoga now is more than a physical practise, it's a way of life. It has given me a sense of balance, perspective, patience and grace that has changed my outlook for the better. This is the yoga that I’m passionate about sharing.
Whichever style you practise with me you can expect to be challenged, engaged and uplifted: we will work the whole body but with a goal to affect a deeper change within. I take a functional approach to alignment, recognising that our bodies are as unique as our lives and that there is no "one way" to practise any pose. In class I use hands-on assists & adjustments to help prevent injury, experience the intended benefits and realise your full potential in the posture. Modifications and options to the poses are offered throughout so the class can be tailored to the needs of your practise.
I strongly believe that while the practise can seem overwhelming or overly sombre at times, a yoga class should be a joyful experience. I encourage you to explore the practise with playful creativity; together we'll push to the edge of what you thought possible, sometimes falling and sometimes flying but always with a smile! I want you to come with all your worries and doubts, experience a whole range of emotions but leave the class feeling lighter and happier than when you arrived. This is the magic of yoga I want to share.
Yoga is for everybody and everyone is welcome in my classes. Whether you practise once a day or once every now and again, whether you want to discover your spirituality or your handstand there’s a place for you in my class. We all come to yoga for different reasons and at different levels and I fully support that. We all start somewhere!