" I started my spiritual journey many years ago while travelling in Thailand. Yoga became my love and passion pretty much instantly and my life started to have real meaning. "
Namaste beautiful souls,
This wasn't actually my first foray into the yoga world however. I had taken a class on board the high seas on a cruise ship where I spent 10 years of my working life but my hectic crazy lifestyle wasn't in tune with yoga at the time.
Looking back, I can see that yoga was a complete contradiction to my lifestyle in my 20's. Now in my 40's, I realise the problem wasn't yoga. It was me.
I wasn't willing to face any physical and mental obstacle, or bring up any emotions. I went to bed late, ate junk food, parties every night. So where would yoga fit in? Well, the short answer was, it didn’t.
It was only when ship life came to an end and I began to detox that I started to embrace a more temperate way of life.
My trip to Thailand was a revelation. I adopted a healthy-living, clearer-thinking, daily-cleansing routine. Yoga today still continues to give me inner strength, patience and focus it really is a lifestyle that keeps me balanced in all aspects of my life. The deeper I study the more challenged my mind becomes, deeper emotions and being able to recognise each and every emotion, feeling and thoughts. The more I understand the more I learn, giving me the tools to pass on my knowledge to others. There really is no better feeling than the strength, discipline, calmness and confidence that yoga brings. The world of yoga goes much deeper than the movement, the breath and how we learn to breathe using various techniques truly is amazing. How to nourish the body with nutrients, to feed the cells, sleep, meditation, cleansing, so many exciting areas to touch on to make yourself have a life of longevity.
"Over one thousand hours of Yoga teacher training "
• 10 month foundation course with the British Wheel of Yoga
After my trip to Thailand I studied a teacher training course with the (BWY) British Wheel of Yoga - a 10-month foundation course. The information overload was exciting, confusing and overwhelming but I wanted to learn more. I was hooked.
• 200 hours Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Alliance Teacher Training
I decided to travel to the state of Goa, India, to immerse myself in the art of yoga. Next teacher training was 200 hours Yoga Alliance in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, kriyas, anatomy, philosophy, Pranayama, ayvedia. It was exhausting, amazing, frustrating, rewarding and something that I had never experienced before in my life.
I knew teaching others was going to be hugely rewarding however, so I was dedicated, focused and committed to learn.
When I returned to the UK I started to teach at The Self Centre in Bury St Edmunds.
• 500 hours Astanga Vinyasa
After that I returned to the place that had captured my heart – Goa – to further my training.
It was a pleasure to be on Indian soil to gain my 500-hour yoga alliance certificate. I really engrossed myself and loved every second. Seeing familiar faces again - observing many inspirational teachers - going to other classes learning more and more.
• Children's Yoga Training - Groovy Kid
My next journey was to Dubai to study children's yoga with Groovy Kids. This was really good fun and involved creating themes, stories, music and looking at breathing techniques.
Back in the UK I continued to teach at The Self Centre before setting up a yoga yurt in my garden. Several yogis would join me for a morning class making use of the tent, the outdoors and the sunshine. I then began one to one lessons, and skype yoga. My loyal clients wanted to continue with me, yet with my travels the way around it I introduced skype. Its been 5 years now with a great success that is convenient and suits many.
• 200 hours Hatha, Restorative, Prenatal, Vinyasa,
A year later I returned back to Goa – Teacher Training 200 hours Yoga Alliance, Multi Style covering vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Ashtanga, pregnancy, pranayama, sutras, cleansing, and anatomy.
The course left me with some truly inspirational friends and teachers across the globe. The weeks we spent together gave us a really special connection.
• 200 hours Tantra Flow
Palma Mallorca, Tantra Flow – very different training from my previous teachings, more to do with the breathing aspect, connection of chakras and chants.
• 50 hours Yoga Yin yoga and Myofascial Realease
- Yin and Yang
- Myofascial Release and Techniques
- Fascial lines
- Chinese elements
• 100 hours Vinyasa Flow
Today I live in Mallorca, Spain, and attend classes as well as teach by the beach front, park, private and group classes.