"Leap, and the net will appear" - Zen proverb
It was these words, leap, and the net will appear, amongst years of practice, which led to me becoming a yoga teacher, a writer, and a restorative yoga and yoga nidra advocate. I became a qualified yoga teacher in 2014, and since then have spent time undertaking intensive study with a number of skilled and inspirational teachers, either face to face or through literature. In that time I discovered more about myself than I would have ever thought possible. I became aware that my mental and physical wellbeing could be better, I realised I had been carrying the grief of losing my care-givers and home (all before the age of 18) for my entire adult life, and I woke up to the fact that my oh-so-important career was burning me out. I learnt a new way to listen to my body and explored new ways to live my life. I learnt to trust in a higher power, and I realised the way to trust that power was to at first learn to trust myself.
I now teach classes, workshops and retreats to groups and I work one-to-one with clients experiencing anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, low self esteem, menstrual difficulties and more. I have specialised my training in restorative yoga, yoga nidra and yoga for women’s wellbeing (although I love to practice all forms of yoga) and I am fascinated by the body’s capacity to heal itself, and the mind’s potential for expansion. I also contribute to the online resource Yoga Nidra Network, write my own blogs (found here) and have contributed the Yoga London blog, writing on practical philosophy.
My practice has been inspired from many forms of yoga - kirtan, mantra, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, meditation and yoga nidra. I am often reflecting upon yogic texts, and so far my biggest influence has been the Yoga Sutras, of which I have read different translations in order to deepen my objectivity and understanding of Sankrit. I track my menstrual cycle, I journal, and most of what I have learnt has come from my own, lived experience. I enjoy bringing all of the senses into my teachings, including using poetry, scent and handmade chocolate truffles.
I live in Bristol with my husband who is an artist and despite the unpredictability of being yoginis and artists, I am grateful for the creativity in our lives. I am also deeply grateful to all of my teachers, many of whom did not know they were teachers. I am grateful of course to the practices of yoga, which has radically changed my life. Yoga has also led me to writing my first book, Rest Is Radical, and you can read more about that here. I am most of all grateful to the people who show up to class, to a one-to-one session, or a workshop or retreat. I learn so much from them, and they are my biggest motivation.
Foundation course in astrology with Jodey Collerick, Company of Astrologers
Ten day yoga and art immersion in India with Victoria Leader
Para Yoga Nidra with Rod Stryker
Restorative yoga training with Anna Ashby
Total yoga nidra training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Well-woman yoga therapy (womb yoga) with Uma Dinsmore-TUli
Vinyasa flow intensive with Heather Elton
iRest level 1 yoga nidra training with James Reeves
500hr Yoga Alliance hatha yoga with Laura Gilmore
Chakra Energy healing course with Lana Hunt
Association of Reflexology - Reflexologist training