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

My initial training was with 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  & Meditation

Yin & Yang Yoga

Viniyoga

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.

 

My 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

The Yogi Salutation we recite together at end of practice