Through my eclectic Yoga and Ayurvedic experience you can expect any class with me to be structured and flowing. I draw in my experiences from all the styles and paths that I have learned from over the years including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Satyananda. I encourage students to find that line whereby they feel comfortably challenged in what they do, I encourage building strength, not strain. Most of all I hope that students can feel a sense of progression and growth that leads them towards their own personal unity. Be it simply between body and mind or something bigger than that.
So, here is a little about my experience. Let's start from the beginning, my personal practice began around 13 years ago. I started doing very gentle Hatha Yoga as a teenager to help me with some back troubles I was having. I was recommended by a physiotherapist to try yoga and pilates. At the beginning I found the very basic stuff hard work, as it required me to focus and find new control and balance that I had never had previously. After a short time the change was amazing, I felt so much better and just fell in love with the practice. Over the next few years I began to notice the way that Yoga works on not just the body but the mind too. I began to practice Pranayama breathing techniques and meditation to help me to relax, focus and overcome issues with sleeping.
A few years into my personal practice I became inspired and started to notice the profound effects Yoga had on others around me. I then realized that I wanted to learn how to use Yoga to help others
Each of my classes strive to provide the perfect balance of strength, flexibility, breath and alignment. I love to weave elements of anatomy into each class to help educate students about their body and to encourage consistent refinement in the asanas (poses). I strongly believe yoga has the power to heal and transform each of us in a positive way, and that everyone can benefit from the practice, so I aim to share yoga from the heart and help each individual find their own journey on the mat.
"When the power of love, overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace"
I am honoured to call myself a teacher as I will also always remain a student. I am endlessly grateful for the lessons I learn from my students and the inspiring teachers I continue to train with. Read more...
Sama (सम), meaning balance or equality of opposites, is at the heart of the practice for me. It begins before we start to move, with the balancing of inhale and exhale through sama vrittibreathing and standing centred in our bodies: samasthiti. Once established in sama, we develop mental focus as we move through the practice finding sama in body and mind from beginning to end. The result is a practice that is light, yet grounded; a mind that is focussed, yet relaxed; a body that is strong, yet flexible; and emotions that are feeling, yet not over-reactive. A fixed sequence of postures allows us to focus on these internal aspects, making Ashtanga Yoga a moving, mindfulness meditation. With consistent practise, we take sama from the mat and out into our daily lives.
I started my yoga practice in 1999 and for the first few years practised various styles. In 2004, I found Ashtanga Yoga and from the first class knew this practice would be extremely important to me. When I spent three years living far from any yoga teachers, the fixed nature of the Ashtanga sequence gave me direction in my practice. Eventually, I was able to spend time in India where I qualified to teach Hatha Yoga in the Bihar lineage at the Yoga Vidya ashram. I also spent extensive time with Rolf Naujokat and Marci Chiu-Naujokat refining my understanding of the Ashtanga system. Since returning to the UK I have taken further certification with Yoga Alliance UK, and worked with inspirational teachers such as David Swenson and Chuck Miller. I now visit Joey Miles regularly in Leeds. I respect his deep understanding of the lineage, combined with his pragmatic approach to its outward expression, allowing the system to be tailored to each unique practitioner.
I hope to be able to share what I know about this practice with the same dynamism as my teacher. My experience as a Massage Therapist at Massage Therapy Sheffield informs my yoga teaching. I have also recently embarked on the journey of studying the Anatomy Trains modality of bodywork, which teaches how fascia affects movement and how bodywork and yoga can help restore its proper function.
It is with the greatest respect that I pass on what little I know of this great system to anyone who finds my classes beneficial.
“Do your practice and all is coming” Shri K. Pattabhi Jois
In January 2015 I did my 200hr multi-style Teacher Training in India at Trimurti Yoga School and what an amazing experience it was: hard work, a big learning curve and truly transformative. Having taught classes in the UK for most of that year, in early 2016 I returned to India to learn the Vipassana meditation technique and to work as an intern at Trimurti. Both fantastic, valuable experiences that have given me more tools to bring to life on and off the mat. During my time teaching I have also taken part in very informative workshops from expert teachers such as David Swenson and Phillipa Asher.
I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Although I do not work in these capacities, it greatly informs my practice and my teaching.
Yoga to me is a lifestyle, a way of living. The asanas, the physical practice of yoga allows the body and mind to work together bringing contentment and balance, connecting you to your true self.
After 5 years of practising yoga, Early in 2016 I decided to do my 200hrs teacher training in India. The course was Ashtanga vinyasa with a strong focus on philosophy and anatomy. I later visited Spain and completed my training in Yin yoga. I feel yoga is so broad and my passion is ever evolving.
I offer grounding and nurturing yoga classes for all levels- using breath led movement with a string focus on exploring your own practise and finding your own interpretation of yoga. As a yoga teacher I feel my style is constantly changing and growing.
"Through daily yoga practice we can become present to our fundamental goodness and the goodness of others" ~ Donna Farhi
To me, Yoga is an elegant play of opposites. It is a deeply transformational practise that can bring balance and wholeness into our lives. With experience in Hatha, Anusara and Restorative Yoga, you can expect my classes to be strong but not too fast paced. I encourage spending a little more time in poses, so that students have the opportunity to cultivate strength and alignment, before expanding out into the pose. As a teacher, it is my top priority to provide an intimate and welcoming environment for anyone who wishes to come to class. As a student, I am continually humbled by my own practise and feel honoured to share my experience of this beautiful tradition with others.
"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy" - Rumi
For me yoga provides a seat in which to sit and witness my experiences from. In times of sadness, grief, revelation, joy, love and great change. It can be an action without effort, that seems to help to clear physical and mental obstacles allowing me to experience better feelings of peace, contentment and gratitude. Yoga serves as a platform for finding a stillness through the turbulence we can experience in our lives. A place to reside and allow for emotions and feelings to flow over.
Yoga and teaching yoga is a truly special and honoured thing. I strive to teach in variety, exploring different styles of yoga from vinyasa, hatha to restorative, yin yoga and meditation.
I love that there are so many teachers holding yoga classes now and more and more students delving into yoga trainings and literature (we can never have too many stars to light up the sky.)
'Yoga is an effortless dance between breath and gravity’. - Vanda Scaravelli