Yoga and me
Yoga and mediation have been an important part of my life for many years. I learnt to meditate at 17 and started going to weekly yoga classes in my early twenties, to support me in my work as a litigation solicitor in London. In 2000 I qualified as a yoga teacher and I have been teaching yoga full time since then.
I believe I have developed a realistic and pragmatic approach to teaching and practicing yoga. The yoga postures I teach support functional movement in daily life and are taught in stages to be accessible to all. In all classes we work with the breath and practice yoga nidra deep relaxation and classical yoga mindfulness meditation techniques.
My own appreciation and practice of yoga continues to grow and develop all the time, through life experiences, practice and study. Yoga has supported me through some very stressful times in my life and through periods of ill health. As a result, I have developed a particular interest in how yoga can support us through challenging times, whether that be dealing with change, anxiety and stress, grief, insomnia, or challenges to health such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, cancer, arthritis or chronic back pain.
l trained, practiced and taught yoga for over 20 years within an Indian yoga tradition which has given me a really strong foundation in the aims and techniques of yoga and an awareness of the spiritual side to yoga. In recent years, however, I have come to question whether a guru-based tradition is easily transferable to our western culture and values. I no longer belong to a tradition but I still teach traditional hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation, mudra and bandhas, and yoga nidra. I teach practices that I believe are helpful to the people in front of me and are appropriate to their lives.
I enjoy exploring a scientific underpinning of the practice of yoga. I am interested in the plasticity of the brain, body mapping, and how through moving slowly with awareness we can become more comfortable and at ease in our bodies. I believe that through yoga we become better at reading the messages sent to us from our neuromuscular system and better at responding to them appropriately. I am fascinated by modern pain science and how this relatively new knowledge in the western world can be applied to our yoga practice for rehabilitation and recovery from illness and surgery. I have a particular interest in how yoga and meditation can support chronic pain and the effect of meditation on our interaction with others and the world around us.
I am currently doing a one-year humanistic yoga course for teachers with Pete Blackaby.
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