I was a late bloomer in fitness and yoga, only seriously became involved in the industry in the last 7 years. These days, yoga and fitness dominate my out-of-office hours as I transition from full-time work in the public service, and spend more and more time at the yoga studio or gym.
Over the last 7 years I have taught freestyle classes, circuit classes, aqua aerobics, and two Les Mills disciplines – CX Worx and Body Balance.
Animals are a big part of my life. I owned and rode horses for many years. Dogs have always formed part of my family and since my golden retriever passed away last year, I have had the pleasure of my daughter’s dogs for canine company.
Travel relaxes me and always broadens my perspective on things. My husband Peter and I have taken two trips to Europe in the last five years as our children have become independent. That said, I am very much a home body who loves relaxing at home with a book.
Prior to becoming a Les Mills Body Balance instructor in 2011, I had practised yoga for around 25 years. As I continued my fitness training, I discovered YogaFit, a hatha style “founded in yoga, grounded in fitness” that aims to make yoga accessible in gyms.
As well as YogaFit, I have completed the YogaFit for Warriors (Trauma-Sensitive yoga) 150 hour training programme.
In the past 12 months, I have trained in Core Yoga and completed the 285 hour training in Vinyasa Flow with Yoga Trinity.
Yoga has aided me in my own recovery from depression and physical injury. I enjoy sharing yoga with others so they too may find their own path to health and inner peace.
The style I teach is based on Vinyasa Hatha and is focused on conscious breathing as the way to connect the body and the mind. The language I use in class is inclusive, action-orientated and positive.
I encourage students to move safely into and out of poses using the breath and simple awareness of where their energy is going, to find their form and shape. Just as movement follows breath, form follows feeling and awareness.
Students are reminded to “check-in” with their bodies throughout each class, to be present and to find their place in each pose at that moment.