I have always been interested in the “bigger picture” having studied in, and also worked in the Private and Public Sectors within the Environmental Field. Having an understanding of the amount of work required to achieve global sustainability, I realised that a shift is needed to come from each individual’s attitude towards ourselves, others and our surroundings before this can truly become possible.
How does yoga fit into the story?
It was discovered in ancient times that yoga is a method of practice which brings out the best qualities within the individual, removing the false perception that we are all separate from others, and increasing the awareness of our interconnectedness. From personal experience of what yoga has done for me, I am continuing on my own yoga journey and I want to share my knowledge of yoga with my students.
My teaching style is influenced by my past and present yoga teachers, with an emphasis on body alignment and the use of props to make postures (asanas) accessible to all.
Yoga classes are primarily asana (posture work) based, a typical class will include warm ups, static asana work, sequences (linking of asana together), pranayama (breathing techniques) and end with a cool down and/or relaxation…bliss…
Pregnancy yoga is specifically designed from my own personal experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher offering techniques to equip expectant mothers for the journey through pregnancy, birth and postnatally. A typical session will include suitably adapted yoga postures with movement, breath-work, sounding, birthing postures, and a relaxation to end…bliss. Also including labour simulations, mediations and visualisation techniques for birthing.
I started practising Iyengar yoga in Oxford in 2000. After moving to the Peterborough area in 2002 attending classes with British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teachers. Other yoga teachers of influence in my yoga practice and teaching style are from the Krishnamachayra Healing & Yoga Foundation UK (KHYF) and Jivamukti Yoga methods.
My teacher training began in 2006 when I undertook the BWY Foundation Level 1 Course (60 hours). I then started my 3 year, 500 hours, BWY Diploma Teacher Training Course in 2007, during which time I had two children and so naturally developed a deep interest and practice in antenatal/pregnancy yoga. I have since undertaken additional training to teach pregnancy yoga with Camyoga in 2012. As a yoga student and as a requirement as a BWY Teacher, I attend yoga workshops and "In Service Training" days every year to expand my knowledge for teaching, and my own practice.