TEACHING STYLE & PHILOSOPHY
I attended my first yoga class at University and felt instantly drawn in my the group energy of all practicing together. I carried on practicing sporadically for a few years after my first class but it was after the death of my big brother that yoga become something much bigger in my life. In a time of complete despair Yoga gave me somewhere to go and something to do when all structure in my life had fallen away.
Like many, I initially gravitated to power classes, I loved the challenge of them and how they worked my body. As time went on however things gradually began to shift. Yoga no longer became a workout for me but a practice of listening into my body. Rather than just doing things to it I started to respond to what I was hearing - the movements I made became a conversation. This was hugely liberating for me, I felt freed of set sequences, the expectations of what I thought I should be doing (and what I thought others thought I should be doing) in my yoga practice. I realised my Yoga practice was only mine. At this point things became slower, more mindful and tailored to what I felt I needed when I arrived on my mat.
I see Yoga as a practice of nourishment. When there is forcing, to me, it is no longer Yoga. This is why I feel strongly about sharing a practice in my classes that is accessible and without strain. It’s important for me to offer intelligent alignment cues without being overly prescriptive in order to give people space to have their own experience of movement, to connect and be curious.
I am qualified to teach both Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga. I completed my 200hr with YogaLondon and my Restorative training at TriYoga with Anna Ashby. I have taken further anatomy trainings, the most recent one being with Andrew McGonigle (Dr Yogi).
I'm always seeking further inspiration and knowledge from senior teachers that I respect and admire. I have just completed assisting courses with both Lizzie Reumount and Kristi Rodelli. In 2016 I participated in 'Liberate & Elevate' a 6 month teacher mentoring programme with Senior teacher Naomi Absalom. In September of this year I will start Naomi's master mentoring programme - this has been pivotal in the way I look at my role as a teacher and how I approach it.