I have been teaching since 1990 and have trained with the Inner Yoga Trust
www.inneryoga.org.uk. During my 30 years of teaching I have also practiced as a visual
artist and as a therapeutic masseuse. I draw inspiration from many international teachers, in particular; Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten and Vanda Scaravelli. All my inspiring teachers, including my Mother, have originally studied with B. K.S. Iyengar in India. However, all have moved away from his school of teaching to develop their own unique and intuitive approach with an emphasis on embodied experience. More recently I have studied with Francoise Freedman, founder of Birthlight; specialising in Yoga for Menopause, exploring somatic movement to nourish the whole person. I am currently expanding my experience and understanding of our energetic systems with Donna Eden and Prune Harris, respectively the founder and a faculty member of Energy Medicine.
My journey with Yoga began as a child with my mother, Maureen. Out of this joyful exploration, Yoga inspired me and has played a central part in my personal growth and search
for spiritual roots. My life experience, which has often been very challenging, has given me a deep appreciation for the connection between the mind and emotions, the breath, the energetic body and the physical body. I see my practice and teaching as a healing art.
I love wildlife and am a big fan of as I sense how our personal ecology and sense of well being is linked to our natural environment. We are part of the web of life.
Check out my blog about Knepp Estate! yoga-beanblog
I now focus on teaching yoga, exploring how to maintain balance in my own being and also being a mother to my daughter Jasmine, who challenges me to apply my yoga practice to everyday life! I am based in Crouch End, London, N8.
A little story about me and why I do yoga.
Yoga has been my life time companion through thick and thin. As a teenager it nurtured me through academia and as a young adult it provided me with an anchor and tools to cope through difficult times. My life has been all about finding my way home to myself; finding ways to ground myself and to transform my deeply held fear and low self esteem into self love and courage. Taking time to breathe, move and tune into myself gave me a pathway through a particularly intense phase of my young adult life when following my mother's passing I found the courage to end a very dysfunctional relationship of nine years. The combination of these two events pushed me right up to the edge of what I could contain and process. However, I had the knowledge that I could tap inner resources. This I did, whether I was simply feeling my feet on the ground as I walked slowly to transform fear, moving deep into my shoulders or hips to release grief or unexpectedly discovering that joy is to be found within the cells of my body. Not to be found 'out there' somewhere, as I had imagined. Time and practice healed me and helped me reform my sense of self.
Now as I grow older, I know that I have to pay attention to my physical body as the resilience of youth doesn't seem to be there in quite the same way! An intense brush with Breast Cancer in 2017 and its follow up treatment has focused my attention on developing profound self acceptance and allowing long buried emotions to surface and release to bring balance to the cells of my body. Ageing can bring in a contraction and tendency to ossify into a fixed place. So, by listening to emotions buried in my body and regularly moving with gentleness to myself sustains my health, fluidity, stability and sense of inner freedom.