I have been practicing Yoga since 1999, having first learnt from Sue Barker in Alton. After only a few classes I was intrigued and then hooked. I dipped in & out of it as family, work & life took priority. Having let it slip and become unwell, I now give my yoga practice a better priority and feel it is as fundamental to looking after oneself as eating, drinking, sleeping, washing and working. It is a whole practice of being kind to and nourishing one’s body, mind and spirit. It is about ‘being’ not just ‘doing’. The hard part is listening to what our intuition is telling us and taking note!
I am now a complete convert to the whole practice of yoga and the many facets of the ancient tradition and wisdoms that can be relevant and helpful at different times and I enjoy sharing it. It is complimentary to other ways of looking after ourself and enjoying life. I personally enjoy my family and friends, being out in nature, sailing, skiing, tennis, swimming, walking, gardening, music, reading, cooking and creative activities.
I have a degree in Biological Sciences and a PGCE Teaching Certificate. I started training with the Inner Yoga Trust in 2012- 2015 with Jenny Beeken and other wonderful teachers: Chris Wyeth, Lesley Charters, Pauline Sawyer, Gary Carter, Simon Barkworth and recently Sarah Waterfield for Vedic Chanting. I also learnt a lot from and shared the journey with my fellow students, most of whom are now teaching and it is a constant renewal of enthusiasm to share our knowledge and evolving understanding.
The Foundation Year introduced us to anatomy, physiology, asana (postures), breathing (Pranayama), meditation and the ancient philosophies. Years 2 and 3 cyclically expanded our understanding of all the aspects of Yoga and included the ancient texts and Vedic chanting in the old Sanskrit language, by learning on residential weekends and summer school weeks.
The learning really begins when one starts to teach others! I have been teaching for 5 years now and really enjoy introducing Yoga to people and sharing the many benefits that it can bring. I feel am a facilitator as much as a ‘teacher’ and instructor.
I teach daytime and evening classes locally in Hampshire and private 1:1s and small groups. My classes include a mixture of asana (physical postures to keep the body flexible, strong and functioning well), breath awareness and relaxation. I introduce other aspects such as the philosophies, chanting and meditation according to those present.
I went to Kerala in SW India in 2013 and October 2018. I really enjoyed feeling the positive energy of the country and people, seeing the colours, nature and traditions. We learnt from local indian yoga teachers as well as Jenny who led our latest trip.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which can roughly translate to ‘union’ or ‘yoking/joining’. It is a gentle but strong and empowering practice of blending and nourishing the different aspects of ourself (our physical body, our mind and our soul/spirit). When we are ready, I feel it also goes wider in teaching us to become aware of the parts of our own self and then ourselves with others, the world we all share and the planet & beyond.
I enjoy seeing the seasons change and adapting my own practice and teaching with the seasons. Nature is all around us, it is there to be observed, enjoyed and respected. We are interdependent. I particularly like teaching outdoors whenever the location and weather are conducive to it.
I really welcome feedback from those I teach – what they enjoy, what they would like to do more of or less of, how it affects them and any ideas or suggestions for classes.
I would like to thank all my teachers and students for their support of my journey so far and the privilege of teaching and learning.