I started to practise yoga in 2008, when I decided that I would book into a class out of curiosity. I had never been a gym bunny and the only time I ran was if a ball was coming towards me during PE at school.
That class changed my whole view of what exercise can be. I had always understood that keeping fit was about competitiveness and fast paced actions. I found that through careful breath awareness and purposeful movement I could build strength, flexibility, body awareness and stamina. One of the most remarkable changes was that, over time, my asthma inhaler became redundant.
I became aware that, after attending a class, I felt a sense of calm. I realised that the only thing I had thought about for the last hour was my breath and movement. I began to understand why yoga is sometimes described as a moving meditation.
I have never looked back from that first class and I trained as a yoga teacher so I can share the gift of yoga with anyone else who is curious.
In recent years, yoga has helped me avoid the need for spinal surgery when I herniated a disc in my spine.
I trained with Camyoga and hold a Yoga Teaching Diploma (200hrs) which is registered with the International Yoga Alliance (US), the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and approved through the IYN by the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
(E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS). I also hold an Appointed Person Emergency First Aid Certificate. I am also a teacher on the Camyoga Focus Awards Level 3 Award in the Foundations of Yoga and Camyoga Yoga Teaching Diploma (200hrs). In 2021, after a delay due to COVID 19, I successfully completed Camyoga's 300 Hour Advanced Diploma in Teaching Yoga. I am registered as an Advanced Yoga Teacher (RYT500) with Yoga Alliance.
In addition to teaching, I also write for OM Yoga Magazine.