I am absolutely passionate about India and travel there a couple of times a year to energise my spirit! It was through this connection that I initially discovered the joy of yoga. My travels to India also allow me to delve into the history of yoga, and observe how yoga is in India – often quite different to what we experience in the West – and I love exploring that! I write a regular blog on this to share some of these insights with others.
Through my own personal practice, I have seen how yoga can give us all more clarity in our busy lives, that little bit of peace we can tap into when we need it. Slow the breath, slow the mind… I say it to myself all the time!
And I love dogs… always happy to have a dog chat!
I finished my Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Trinity in January 2018, and have also studied the History and Philosophy of Yoga with more history and Sanskrit studies planned. I have also planned further teacher training in Australia and India over the coming year. We never finish learning…! I have been teaching restorative yoga, vinyasa flow, and philosophy yoga.
Having been a long term yogi at CYS, the beautiful CYS yoga teachers have been a big influence on me too – from Nadia who did my very first yoga course, to the amazing Pippa with her delightful classes, Niki who gave me a passion for restorative yoga, Eli with her lovely cues, Liz with those head massages and Jacqui with her knowledge of alignment (and so many more!). I love being part of the CYS family and the variety we get in teaching styles and different forms of yoga!
“People remember you for the way you made them feel about themselves” – this is a quote that I try to live by! And I do try to bring it to the yoga mat too. I want people to be curious about their yoga practice – to try different things and surprise themselves with what they can achieve. But ultimately, I want people to enjoy the experience of yoga, to feel good in their mind and body – and accept where they are at each and every day. You don’t have to be super bendy or strong – there’s a version of most postures for all of us. And I am a champion of the benefits of restorative and yin yoga – allowing your body and mind to completely surrender and giving them time to restore. So necessary for all of us.
Also, being passionate about the history of yoga, I love to share that during class – sometimes sharing mythology around the origin of postures, or maybe just taking time to acknowledge that we are all part of a practice and philosophy that’s thousands of years old – a pretty special thing to be part of!