I started practicing yoga in 2010 to help me cope with OCD and anxiety that I had experienced on and off since childhood. In my young life I tried numerous ways to feel at peace in my own body - medication, hypnosis, Jack Daniels - until one day a friend at University suggested I try out her yoga class. I remember leaving the first ever class I attended early, because I was so overwhelmed by the feeling of openness and connection it made me feel quite vulnerable. But I knew within that first hour that I'd tapped into something very important, so I went back the following week and here I am nearly 10 years later, a massive hippy. Now I help others use yoga to improve their sense of well-being and feel connected to themselves and the world around them.
I trained with the wonderful Sally Parkes - who focuses on the importance of anatomy and physiology - and since qualifying have taken a particular interest in yoga for mental health and emotional well-being. I teach a variety of classes, from absolute beginners, to over 60's, to advanced. My classes aim to strike a balance between strength and stillness, encouraging yogis to work hard but always be patient and kind and not take themselves too seriously. I teach a combination of Vinyasa flow and Hatha, though some classes are restorative/meditation based.
Whether your goals are physical - flexibility, strength, pain relief - or emotional - lower anxiety levels, higher self-esteem, improved sleep - yoga and meditation can make a huge difference to your quality of life. I aim to provide the space, guidance and support you need to get what you want from your practice, and I'm always available to answer questions (if I can!)
I believe that above all else yoga is about self-kindness: a chance to let go physically and emotionally of all the pressure and stress we experience every day. When we feel comfortable and strong in our bodies it makes it easier for our minds to feel calm and strong too. We learn to choose what deserves our energy, and to let go of everything else. Benefits of regular yoga and meditation include lower blood pressure, increased metabolism, better sleep, improved concentration, decreased levels of anxiety, improved immune system function, higher sex drive, better posture, weight loss, healthier joints and many more.
I teach in offices, universities, yoga studios, community centers and people's homes. If you are interested in hosting yoga classes at your place of work, or you're a charity looking to collaborate, please email me via the connect page.