at the still point of the turning world, neither movement from nor towards,
neither ascent nor decline [...] there the dance is
People are interested in how yoga teachers got into yoga, and understandably so.
The truth is, many of those who facilitate healing are compelled to do so from a place of not feeling so well once upon a time. My own entrance into the world of yoga (beyond the occasional class, where after eighteen years of dancing I thought I'd completed yoga simply because I was bendy - oh, how much I had to learn) was following the premature passing of a loved one. Destabilising life events - which we all experience - force us to learn.
How do we cope when things don't go our way? Inevitably the illusion of control dissolves. Priorities change. Perspectives broaden. Values emerge. And slowly, slowly we unpick the histories, emotions and fears we hold in our tissues.
My own practice of yoga went beyond the rectangular sticky mat. After working in the arts sector, I took a mid-twenties sabbatical and travelled to places where wealth is human connection, and happiness is a side dish to the journey, not the ultimate goal. I accessed a vast library of ancient traditions that, once back on Bristol soil, I wanted to weave into my modern existence. I observed, in myself and others, the need to slow down. Stress, anxiety, low energy and distraction felt commonplace. The space that yoga provides, together with the techniques for calming the nervous system and the meditative practices for chronic fatigue, PTSD and depression are transformative; increasing energy levels, lifting mood and building physical and mental resilience. I began sharing these empowering tools in 2017, creating circles in schools, studios, offices, spas, village halls and homes.
Much of my work now is based on the tenets of yoga therapy, and I specialise in 121 or small group sessions for those working with specific health concerns.
I am committed to further study - we are all different and my yoga offerings are constantly expanding to suit individual needs. Nowadays, my personal practice - and my forthcoming training - is around myofascial release through movement and massage, yoga nidra (a type of meditation accessed through deep relaxation) and yin yoga.
TRAINING & CPD
200 hours Vinyasa Flow with Corrie McCallum, YogaLondon
Zen Meditation at Shunkoin Temple, Japan
40 hours Yin Yoga with Kara Herbert, Academy for Yoga Training
42 hours Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli & Lisa White, Yoga Campus
The Spine as an Organ of Breath - Workshop with Catherine Annis
Hypnotherapy Training for Yoga Teachers with Shine Hypnotherapy
Yoga for Menstrual Health - 2020
Advanced Yin - 2020
iRest Yoga Nidra - 2020