I have been practicing yoga since 1999 and qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga, the governing body of Yoga in the UK, in 2005. I have also studied with internationally recognised teachers Shiva Rea, Danny Paradise, Andrew Eppler and Siri Datta.
Through the practice of Yoga, I overcame the debilitating illness, ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was amazed at the physical change in my mind and my body and I wanted to inspire others so I decided to train to be a Yoga Instructor. Yoga also helped me to make a rapid recovery from a slipped lumbar disc which occurred following a work injury.
I believe my experiences with ME and my back injury have enabled me to become a better and more informed teacher. I am able to empathise with my students and can acknowledge where any of their weaknesses and limitations are. With this understanding I help my students turn these into their strengths both in terms of the mental and the physical.
For me, the best part of teaching is seeing my students develop. Observing the way their body’s and their minds adapt; seeing their inner and outer strength develop; watching their confidence soar as they spend time getting to know themselves as they take time out from their daily lives into the sanctuary that is their yoga mat.
I would like to say a special thank you to my family, my friends and the many teachers who have helped and supported me on my yogic journey and I hope continue to do so. The biggest thank you undoubtedly goes out to my students, the real teachers - you make it all worthwhile.
Stretch, breathe and simply be.