I first turned to yoga while in my final year of university. I was looking for something that would help manage the stress I was under during my Masters. Truthfully I think on a much deeper level, which I didn't fully realise at the time, I was searching for a spiritual practice to find peace from all the internal self-judgment and shame I had towards myself, more specifically, my body.
I wanted to learn how to switch off my inner critic and be in my body without judgment or self-criticism. A lot easier said than done, I know!
During that first class I wasn't able to switch off my inner critic and the judgment and self comparison soon crept in but when I reached the end of class, something happened. While I was lying in savasana (relaxation pose) I was able to let go of all those negative thoughts and find a moment of silence and peace. It was only fleeting but it was such a profound moment in my life. I knew if I continued to practice yoga it would give me the inner peace I was searching for.
That was 11 years ago.
After I graduated and moved back home I found a local class that I continued to attend when I could. I'd like to say I went every week for the next 10 years but that's not true. Like most things I stuck with it for a while, stopped for a few months and then went back to class for a couple of months only to stop again and so on. I wasn't as consistent as I would have liked but during those times when I wasn't practicing yoga I really did miss it. I knew if I could get back to my yoga practice that it would not only give me the physical benefits of doing a form of exercise but more importantly it would bring me peace of mind.
It's hard to quantify what yoga means to me and how it has impacted my life. It helps keep me grounded and centred in who I am by allowing me to get out of my head and live in the present moment. So often I'm trapped in my head thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Yoga has taught me how to slow down, connect with my breath; the essence of who I am, and be free.
Taking it further
I completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 under the tutelage of Conrad Paul and Yoga Professionals. One thing I learnt very early on after qualifying is that you're never really done learning. There are so many wonderful facets to this ancient practice as well as different styles of yoga that I continue to discover. As my knowledge and understanding of yoga deepens this naturally flows and feeds into my own practice and my teaching.
You'll often find me in London attending workshops with some of the world's leading yoga teachers like Anna Ashby, Stephanie Snyder and Richard Rosen. In January 2016 I began a six month mentorship with Anusara teacher and leading insomnia expert Lisa Sanfillipo who helped guide me in my teaching style.
I am still and will always be a student of yoga and what I teach is from my own experience. My mission is to pass on the many benefits that yoga has given me in the hope of helping others to find their own self-worth, clarity and freedom.
In April 2017 I began a 20 month long, 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training at Triyoga in London. Over this almost two year journey I will be working closely with Anna Ashby and Jean Hall to develop my teaching and further my knowledge in pranayama, meditation, chanting, anatomy, philosophy and much more.
Training & Certification
200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - Yoga Professionals, London
Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training - Yoga Professionals, London
Level 3 Personal Trainer - YMCAfit, London