I became a massage therapist in 2004. I had whiplash from a car accident and was treated by a sports massage therapist who helped me on my path to recovery. In 2005, I decided to take my sports massage qualification and, after achieving a distinction, I knew that this was my future. I am also qualified in pregnancy massage, seated chair massage and deep tissue and remedial massage.
I 'found' yoga in 2007, still suffering from a tight back, neck & shoulders. It made such a tremendous difference to my life, physically, mentally & spiritually and the love I have for yoga grows more each day.
"Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame" (B.K.S Iyengar).
In 2013, I decided to train as a yoga teacher with Sally Parkes & I now share my passion for yoga with others & love nothing more than when new students join my classes. I have since completed Yin yoga workshops with Norman Blair, Vinyasa with Naomi Absalom, Pregnancy Yoga training, with Sally Parkes Yoga & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Hanson Lasater (April 2014). Restorative yoga is absolutely wonderful for the mind, body & soul, so it's an exciting yoga journey & one which I feel privileged to be on & share with others. I have done amazing workshops with Donna Fahri, which was so interesting & will only go to increasing my knowledge of the S-I joint/lower back issues which so many people experience.
I have had the pleasure of working with the RAF Rowing Club. We worked together to integrate yoga into their training schedule to help them with focus, balance, strength & flexibility.
I enjoyed a beautiful workshop with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli on 'Yoga for Labour & Birth'. Uma has a special presence around her, bringing a sense of peacefulness which is unique. We studied supportive positive birth experiences with practical techniques to support healthy labour & optimise birthing energies. An inspirational day & so much to share with all my pregnant ladies.
2015 has been another exciting year on my yoga journey, began in January with a superb workshop with Bridget Woods-Kramer, an inspiring and experienced teacher, who looks at alignment from a completely different angle. Easter 2015 saw my Mother & Baby Yoga & Massage training with Katy Appleton & the start of the new Mother & Baby Yoga & Massage classes. It has been so wonderful to see the lovely ladies again and meet their beautiful babies & meet many new Mums and babies!
I completed my Doula training in November 2015. It is such a pleasure to work with pregnant ladies and watch them on their journeys to motherhood, so this seemed like the ideal next step. I have now graduated as a Doula and am avalable as a Post Natal Doula, offering my services to ladies who have had their babies and need support/help.
2016 began with an amazing trip to India with Swami Saradananda, who has 40 years of teaching behind her. It was the most wonderful 10 days of meditation, pranayama and yoga and seeing the many sights of Kerala.
May 2016, a Yoga & Anatomy workshop with the wonderful Gary Carter, who is one of, if not the leading UK teacher of yoga anatomy. The workshop introduced the idea of the "elastic body".This is how we can engage with our Fascia and Myofascia to bring a level of lightness and buoyancy to our movements, giving us an energy efficient way of moving & helping us to reduce the risk of injury & wear & tear on our bodies. It really threw traditional anatomy training into a spin, quite overwhelming and totally amazing.
A Chakra workshop with Emma Henry combined postures & chanting to open up every chakra in the body, it felt wonderful!
In October I completed a course with Sara Wickham, 'Post-term Pregnancy, Exploring evidence, Inspiring confidence' - brilliant course which will help in my work with pregnant women.
2017 has been a wonderful year so far, with more more training in February with James Reeves on the I-Rest programme, using yoga to help people with anxiety/depression/insomnia/chronic pain & PTSD.
My 5 day YIN yoga intensive with the brilliant Norman Blair in May was a wonderful exploration into the world of Yin. Yin is the most amazing practice which works on the connective tissues of the body, the tendons, fascia and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. It is a more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence and bringing to light a universal interconnecting quality.
July saw own retreat at the beautiful Tilton House, East Sussex. It was a wonderful week-end of yoga & meditation & delicious vegetarian food.
Time to switch off, make space and relax....
November 2017 - more training and expanding my knowledge of Sports yoga - 'Yoga for Athletes' Masterclasses with Sarah Ramsden who has worked with professional footballers for 13 years, including 11 years at Manchester City & Manchester United Football club.
January 2018 an amazing start to the New Year with a wonderful, delicious week-end of Yoga Nidra with Uma Dunsmore Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli & Ben Woolf. Yoga Nidra (or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking & sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. The yogic goal is that of deep relaxation, a state also known as samadhi. This is the way we always finish our 'Slow Down Sunday' workshops, so if this is for you come and try one with me.
February 2018 more 'Slow Down Workshops' - both fully booked with wonderful feedback from those who attended (for the yoga, not only the cake!). Afternoons where you can completely relax & un-wind, letting go of stress and take some well earned 'time-out'.
June 2018 saw me take 13 amazing yoga students of mine out to La Hacienda for 5 days of meditation, vinyasa, yin & restorative yoga classes with a Yoga Nidra to end the day. It was such fun leaving us all with wonderful memories and a deepening love of yoga, or a new passion for those who were new to the practice.
'Pranayama is more than the Breath' - looking forward to this 2 day workshop with Doug Keller. This is a therapeutic workshop working on the physiological work, through asana and with an eye to working on typical breathing disorders which present the greatest challenges in breath practice, both physically and emotionally. The other perspective will be the 'yoga body' the idea of installing the breath in parts of the body., moving through 'marmas' in awareness, the use of chakras and other ways of conceiving energetic locations in the body.