"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 discovered more about myself than I would have 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 teach classes, workshops and retreats to groups and I work one-to-one with clients suffering with anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, low self esteem, 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.
My practice has been inspired from all forms of yoga - kirtan, mantra, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, meditation and yoga nidra. I am always reflecting upon yogic texts. So far my biggest influence has been the Yoga Sutras, of which I have read different translations. 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 am interested in exploring the feminist perspective within traditionally masculine spiritual practices, and am looking forward to where my studies take me next - currently astrology. 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 teachers, many of whom did not know they were teachers. Yoga which undoubtedly has radically changed my life, and most of these changes have been internal. Yoga has also led me to writing my first book, Rest Is Radical, and you can read more 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.