In 1997 I had a chance encounter with a yoga teacher in Prague. This gave me a glimpse into the true meaning of yoga which is wholeness. I discovered that moving the body with awareness brought me into a quieter space. I began to experience what it is to feel well and balanced after the many years of ill health. This healing journey continues to inspire my work.
After I qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 2001 I continued to explore a range of styles to enrich my understanding and experience of yoga. I have been a tutor with the Anahata School of Yoga and hold their 500 hour Teaching Diploma.
Since 2009 I have been gaining deeper insights from training in Scaraveilli-inspired Yoga with Marc and his Acquaviva School of Yoga. Other Yoga teachers who I have also worked with and who inspire me are Pete Blackaby, Sophy Hoare and Gary Carter. My current approach encourages people to tune into their felt sense. It focuses on self-enquiry and choices, being aware of how movement affects our nervous system, our choices in posture and everyday movement.
My life and yoga practice has been greatly enriched by working with Mindfulness and Compassion. This has been a huge source of healing and inspiration. Since 2010 I have trained in secular Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight at Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist centre with Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association. I have studied the science and practice of Self-Compassion with Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Chris Germer. I have trained in teaching the 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course and the 8 week Compassion Based Living Course. I am loving facilitating these courses.
In 2018 I completed a 3 year Shamanic Practitioner training with Carol Day and the Centre for Creative Vision. It was an experience that brings depth and colour to my life and work.
Over the past 3 years I have been practising the Somatic Meditation teachings of Reggie Ray drawn from the Vajrana Buddhist tradition, studying the work of Peter Levine, Irene Lyon and other experts regarding healing pain and trauma through the body.
This year I am studying for a 500 hr Diploma in Yoga Therapy for Mental Health with The Minded Institute.
I am fascinated by what neuroscience has to teach us about yoga, mindfulness and compassion. How do they rewire our brain and effect our well being?. How do they help us to heal trauma and relieve chronic pain? I m constantly curious about how to use my toolbox of practices effectively, for my own and others healing and happiness. The question I keep coming back to is: