My Qualifications and Experience
I have been a yoga teacher for more than 15 years, originally trained with The British Wheel of Yoga.
I am a qualified Somatic Exercise Coach trained by Lisa Petersen.
I hold further qualifications in Meditation having studied ‘The Progressive Stages of Meditation’ with Maarten Vermasse.
I am an experienced teacher of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) programme. I sit on its UK Steering Group and assist with its work to make evidenced based programmes like YHLB more widely available especially in the NHS. I recently successfully pitched to have YHLB included in the Healthy London Partnership. I represent YHLB in the House of Lords on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society which has been established to promote the use of yoga in healthcare, schools, companies and prisons. I also present on behalf of YHLB at key events and conferences such as the inaugural Yoga in Healthcare Alliance Conference at the University of Westminster in Feb 2019 and at the Integrative Health Convention in London in October 2019
Born and brought up in the North East of England, I studied Law at the University of London (QMW), trained as a solicitor in the City and specialised as a divorce & family lawyer. I started practicing yoga to relieve the stresses that came with being a divorce lawyer and although I didn’t recognise it at the time, the seed of my career change was sown. Some years later, I found myself on a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course and then teacher training course without having consciously decided to become a yoga teacher. However, as soon as I began to teach, I knew that I had found my place in the world: sharing yoga’s endless gifts with students is a joy and watching the true purpose of yoga unfold in someone is a wonderful privilege.
Coming from a scientific household, I have always been interested in the anatomical and physiological aspects of yoga and the potential for yoga as therapy. I have studied with internationally recognised teachers in this field including Doug Keller, Julie Gudmestad and Aadil Palkhivala. I also have a high regard for the world-changing contribution of B.K.S. Iyengar and studied for several years with Senior Iyengar teachers, Richard and Kirsten Agar-Ward in Bath.
I am passionate about yoga’s potential to heal bodies and minds, as I have seen the remarkable physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga unfold in myself and many of my students.
Yoga doesn’t just bring healing, ease and comfort to our bodies, it also profoundly heals and soothes our minds making us more resilient and better able to cope with life’s challenges. I love it when students tell me they had the best night’s sleep in ages after a yoga session or that in a stressful situation they used their yoga breathing techniques to help them keep calm.
Yoga is not about performing poses and looking good but as my teacher Aadil Palkhivala says, ‘True yoga doesn’t care about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed: yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been: yoga cares about the person you are becoming.’ I profoundly agree with this, if you embrace it, yoga will transform you – it is so much more than postures and lycra!
Yoga can transform anyone, at any stage in their lives. I strive to keep my classes as accessible as possible to allow as many people as possible to reap yoga’s amazing bounty.