Everyone can, and is practicing yoga, whether they are aware of it or not. Each day we awaken and take a breath, we stretch and take in our surroundings, we mindfully contemplate our day, tune into our thoughts and feelings.
I have been on my own personal yoga journey for the past 11 years, and during that time have developed and strengthened my understanding and appreciation of yoga, its many aspects of our lives that it touches and enhances, and have found myself evolving physically, mentally and spiritually through a daily practice, and in turn have become more aware and grateful for the beautiful Diamond Isle, the Isle of Wight that we live on. I have recently developed a love for the sea and you may occasionally find me swapping my yoga mat for a surfboard or paddle-board, becoming more in touch with nature, to me the sea resonates within our breath, creating a calm but strong sense of being, it brings you back to your “self” as we continue to move through our busy, sometimes complicated lives, it helps to slow and clear the mind, bringing you back into the present, here right now.
The Sanskrit mantra “Lokah, Samaste, Sukhino, Bhuvantu”, has become my mantra for practicing and teaching yoga, the uncomplicated meaning is:
“Encourage all beings everywhere to be happy and free, may the thoughts and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and to that freedom for all”.
Through yoga and yoga therapy I have gathered together a tool box to help people improve/change their lives for the better. I am committed to my students’ health and well-being and here to support and guide you through whatever life journey you are on.
I began my training with Anne-Marie Newland of Sun Power Yoga and gained my 200hr teacher training 11 years ago, and from there have taken my studies far and wide, training with David Swenson, Chris Croft, and Yulia Heaton, and most recently Duncan Hulin of the Devon School of Yoga and his experienced team of amazing teachers; specialising in philosophy, pranayama, kriyas, emotional healing, woman’s health, pregnancy, anatomy and physiology, bodywork/massage, qigong, asanas, to name just a few of the valuable skills I have learnt to become a trained post-graduate yoga therapist and yoga practitioner, currently holding 600hrs training. I am CRB checked and hold a current first aid certification, and full yoga therapy insurance.
I have studied different styles and systems of yoga, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Aqua Yoga, Swiss Ball yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Pranayama (breath work), Kriyas (cleansing systems), and Yoga Therapy, and can offer a varied class structure designed personally on the requirements of yourselves.
I became very interested in yoga therapy when I qualified as a rehab trainer, and my work became more specialised assisting physiotherapists, and chiropractors in the after-care of their patients following on from sports injuries and operations, as well as sports conditioning training, specialising in tennis and cycling, addressing physical and emotional conditions, and have built up an ever increasing data of happy students.
When I first began yoga it changed my whole being, I was less anxious, less quick to judge, more accepting and appreciative, as well as the feel good factor that a physical yoga practice creates as your body becomes more balanced through strength and flexibility, more refreshed as we address the fauna of the body and fresher as the body became cleansed of its toxins. My goal is to help others experience what I experience, by working with your own individual strengths.
If you are ready to take that next step, whether I have made you a little inquisitive into the nature of yoga or it is something you have thought about for a while, please don’t hesitate to contact me now, why leave it for another day? You can find me either by phone or e-mail, I will get back to you and help you realise what your life truly has to offer.