Fifteen years ago I signed up for my first ‘sweaty’ Ashtanga class in Covent Garden. Our teacher was also a talented dancer in the musical ‘Cats’ and he was a wonderful character. I found him inspiring and soon reaped the rewards of including asana practices in my life.
Nowadays, although I still enjoy Ashtanga I am inspired by Vinyasa Flow, which I am qualified to teach. I also love attending a variety of weekly asana classes, to keep my own practice fresh and exciting – whether it is a beginner, or advanced class. It never ceases to amaze me how each teacher offers their own unique teaching style!
Each class I teach uses dynamic and static postures to gently stretch and strengthen the body, and expand the mind. I encourage my students to trust in their bodies and break down more demanding asanas, using their breath as a guide. If the breath feels uncomfortable, we can pull back from a posture.
I like to create a light atmosphere in class so that all students feel welcome, whatever their experience level. Modifications are available so that everyone can explore the postures.
At the end of class we enjoy a well-deserved relaxation allowing students to soak up the benefits of their practice. Our intention is to leave our practice feeling positive about ourselves, fully restored with increased vitality and energy.
Yoga has been a part of my life for 18 years and over that time I have practiced Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hot and Vinyasa Flow yoga styles. My favourite style and the one I teach is Vinyasa Flow as it unites the breath, body and mind in a seamless and beautiful way, bringing awareness, contentment and grace to those who practice it.
Within my practice of yoga I have a passion for Mudras, Mindfulness and the Chakra system and how each of these practices can influence our energy and wellbeing.
I have always been physically active, playing many sports such as netball, basketball, lacrosse and squash. For a number of years I trained in traditional karate Gojyuryu as well as being a teacher. I like to bring into my yoga practice techniques from other pursuits, so you may see core exercise work from Pilates as well as karate stances and warm up techniques. I believe in being creative in the way we practice yoga – it keeps it fresh and fun.