About the Teacher.......

I have been a yoga student since my early 20's, whilst living in London with a stressful

job and lifestyle - so attending yoga classes became my sanctuary.  So it was easy to fall 

in love with yoga because of the many benefits I gained as it started to transform me for

the better. So a few years later as my interest grew, I  started my teacher training with

the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) whilst still working.   The aim when I qualified, I would give

up my day job and try yoga teaching full time, which in the late 80's was quite a risk and

unusual.  Well that was 30 years ago and here I am still teaching and of course still

studying and learning as yoga is a way of life and life long journey.

Training

*The British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training  (Dip. BWY); 

which is the highest recognised professional Yoga qualification in the UK with 500 hours

training; also later trained as a BWY Teacher Training Observation Assessor (TPOT).

As a student, I used to practice at the Sivananda Centre in London & eventually trained

with them in a month long Teacher Training Intensive at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta

School in Canada (Dip. SYV) ; one of the top International Yoga schools; went on to teach

at their London Centre in Putney for 3 years before moving to live in Egypt.

I am also a qualified teacher with the:

*Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Institute

(YHLB) and delivered their 12-week specialist back-care course many times.  

I am their only registered teacher in West Cumbria. (see Classes & Links page).

I also offer 1-1 sessions drawing on this back-care training for people with

back issues.

 

I have had many training's along the way and incorporated the best bits into

my teachings - some of my training/studies have been with many well

respected international yoga teachers and traditions, some of which include:

Sivananda Yoga   *     Himalayan Institute    *   Insight Yoga   *   

Yin & Yang Yoga   *     Viniyoga   *   Insight Meditation   *

Energy Medicine Yoga

 

Since completing a 3 year Mindfulness, Compassion, Insight & Wisdom

practice & teacher training with Rob Nairn at the Tibetan Monastery at

Samye Ling, Scotland, I have incorporated these themes into my yoga

classes and also began to facilitate dedicated  Mindfulness workshops. 

 

I am the co-founder of the North Lakes Yoga Group which I established with Gina Farncombe in 2005 as a support network for all yoga teachers in Cumbria (see links page).  This group is still running today and new teachers are most welcome to join www.northlakesyogagroup.org.uk.

 

Teaching Experience..........I have taught many hundreds of people over the years in a wide variety of

settings here and abroad, including London & Egypt where I lived, Turkey where I led week-long

Yoga + Mindfulness retreats, and in West Cumbria since moving here in 2002, where I have been

been tutoring classes, courses/workshops and giving 1to1 yoga therapy sessions.

Teaching style ......... I would say I have a gentle, eclectic and inclusive style of teaching, having

been influenced by many great teachers and traditions of both Yoga and Mindfulness.

I believe that yoga is not about achieving very advanced postures, in fact yoga postures, ASANA,

is only one element of a balanced yoga practice. A balanced practice includes breath work, relaxation,

concentration and meditation practices.  As yoga is non-competitive, its more important being aware

of your personal experience as you journey towards these practices – opening to a developing

conscious awareness within those postures or breathing practices, in a mindful way by being present

and respectful of how you find yourself and the effects you can feel within your own body/mind. 

Practice & patience is essential for yoga practice.  I aim to create a positive & nurturing environment

so students can experience and develop this awareness for themselves.

I have extensive experience working with people on a 1to1 basis designing tailor-made programmes to suit their specific therapeutic needs, i.e. adults with learning difficulties; during pregnancy; back care; specific health issues; or simply developing a personal practice and currently teaching a chair-based Yoga+mindfulness practice for people with MS.

 

Intention...........I love Yoga, it has been a valuable and constant companion throughout my adult life -

helping me navigate life's ups and downs to find a more 'balanced' path.  I see Yoga & Mindfulness

working together to promote  a way of being to enhance well-being by bringing health & harmony

to body-heart-mind.  Through being conscious and aware of these parts of us, integrating them,

developing them, caring for them..........we may be healthy and aware enough to realize our full

potential.  Yoga & Mindfulness is a way of being - not just something you 'do' on the 'mat' in fact

it starts with our moral and ethical standards (see Page ABOUT YOGA).

 

I still see myself as a student on a path of self discovery and self acceptance.  My personal daily

Yoga & Mindfulness practice continues to develop and evolve,  as I age; as I navigate life's ups

and downs; as I learn from my students / teaching; and the continued professional/personal

development courses/workshops/retreats I attend regularly in the UK and overseas. 

 

lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino-bhavaṁtu 

auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ |

May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).

Om Peace Peace Peace

स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयंतां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः ।

गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु ॥

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः |

One of my retreat groups at Yuva Eco Yoga Centre, Turkey