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. 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 over 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.
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
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 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:
Insight Yoga & Meditation
Yin & Yang Yoga
Energy Medicine Yoga
Neuro Somatic Mindfulness
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
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.
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.
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
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 |