A bit about
I love yoga. It has been my passion since, more than a decade ago, I first found myself on a yoga mat not really sure what I was doing there: I was overwhelmed by my job as a secondary school English Language and Literature teacher, my neck ached, I had a permanent headache and had just been diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I was definitely looking for something to relieve the stress in my mind and body ... but I was dubious about finding that something on a rubber mat in a room full of people who looked so much fitter and more confident than me.
But the reality defied my expectations. As I gasped and wobbled through that first set of postures, I experienced a profound sense of homecoming. There was laughter as well as deep concentration and, the more I stretched my body, the more sense of spaciousness and peace I found within my mind. I was utterly hooked!
In 2008 I became a student on the CamYoga Teacher Training Diploma course and had the incredible experience of being taught by some of England's most gifted yoga practitioners: Claire Missingham, Hayley Winter, Abby Hoffman and Cynthia Lee Richardson. It was one of the most challenging and inspiring things I've ever undertaken.
Yoga hasn't made me immune to life's ups and downs but, with time and practise, it has brought me greatly improved physical health, strength and flexibility and, mentally, most importantly, it has brought some much needed calm, balance ( some! ) and an ever deepening feeling of self- acceptance ... warts and all! I believe that it is compassion that lies at the heart of my yoga practice and as a teacher myself, I very much want to share its gifts with others. I hope to see you on the mat.
A bit about my yoga ...
After sampling just about every flavour of yoga that exists I have settled upon my own adaptation of Vinyasa Flow – I call it (a bit whimsical, I know) Open Heart Hatha Flow. More than anything I want you to enjoy your class and to feel cared for, respected and accepted at whatever point you may be at on your personal yoga journey.
What to expect: Firstly, we warm up – essential! Then we flow through a series of invigorating Sun Salutations that will contain some of yoga's most grounding standing poses. We may practice some balances and then, once our muscles are nicely warm, we come down to the floor to work on poses that build flexibility as well as strength. I tend to focus upon our breath and bandhas (the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles), as the yoga magic really starts to happen when these are synchronised with our movements. The body grows stronger, the mind grows quieter and all our own healing powers are stimulated. If you are a beginner and all this sounds a lot to take on, DON’T WORRY! These things all come together very naturally with a bit of time, patience and practice! In some classes we may have a physical focus ( Hips or hamstrings) or a special asana (pose) that we are working towards and which will determine the design and progression of the session. And then ... we relax…delicious!
I teach to music and, as an ex-English teacher, don’t be surprised if I throw in the odd poem occasionally ... I hope that you’ll leave feeling stretched from head to toe, refreshed and ready to live your day to the full.