About the Teacher.......
I have been a yoga student since my early 20's, I was living in London and had 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, I started my teacher training with BWY while I was still
working and with the aim when I qualified, I would give up my day job and try yoga
teaching full time. 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.
*The British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training (Dip. BWY);
which is the highest recognised professional Yoga qualification in the UK;
also later trained as a Teacher Training Observation Assessor (TPOT) with them.
I used to practice at the Sivananda Centre in London & eventually trained with them.
*Sivananda Yoga Vedanta School in Canada (Dip. SYV) ;
one of the top International Yoga schools - and went on to teach at their
London Centre in Putney before moving to Egypt to live.
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.
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
Also, over the last decade, my focus was Mindfulness & Compassion
practice & teacher training with Rob Nairn at the Tibetan Monastery at
Samye Ling, Scotland. Since 2009, I have incorporated these themes into
my yoga classes and also began to facilitate dedicated Mindfulness
workshops. (see Classes page).
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 .
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 Hatha 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 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 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.