A B O U T M E
My Introduction to Yoga
I originally trained as a contemporary dancer at Trinity Laban London and performed with various Dance companies. I continued to perform and teach dance into my late 20s. It was in- between jobs that I visited India for the first time to a winter school for southern Indian performing arts, I vividly remember one day glancing through a window at a room full of very still cross legged people, it was the end of a yoga class I was told. I felt relieved I had chosen to study the South Indian martial art Kalaripayattu and Indian classical dance. I didn’t really do sitting still!
This trip had a very profound effect on me though I didn’t realise it at the time. I have a very strong memory of sitting on my own late afternoon on the side of the river, I was there for ages, very still! and very quiet, I was exhausted after the days classes but I was alert and very aware, my senses were so heightened I didn’t want this awareness to stop and I just sat there until it went dark. This was probably my first yoga practice, though I didn’t make the connection until later when I studied to teach. I was experiencing contentment I was noticing the pauses. It was so pure and present and later became the foundation for my meditation practice.
It was a couple of years later that my flatmate took me to my first ever yoga class at the Life Centre in Notting Hill. Our teacher was John Scott, a well known teacher of the very dynamic Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. I was truly mesmerised. A group of us went to Kovalam, South India with John and his family. He taught us the primary series and I continued to regularly attend self practice with John back in London and later returned to India to study with Patthabi Jois, the guru of this style of yoga. It was exactly what I needed at that point in my yoga journey and I continued this practice until my first pregnancy in 2000.
Becoming a Teacher
I wanted to study Classical Yoga and learn about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the origins of where yoga came from. The British Wheel of Yoga offered this and I completed my two and a half year teacher training with them in 2001. As part of the course we were asked to take classes in different Yoga Traditions as part of self study, I began regular classes at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in Balham and Iyengar Yoga Centre Putney. I continued for 9 years and am hugely grateful to all my teachers that I met along the way and their generosity and wisdom. I taught Yoga in most settings until we moved out of London in 2008
Myself and my family returned to the Wirral Peninsular for fresh air, a garden, a dog, and for my husband to realise a life long ambition to learn to windsurf. I taught birthlight perinatal and mum and baby yoga for a number of years for our local Children’s Centres until their closures. I am currently teaching general level yoga, and Pilates on the Wirral and I run my own small studio at home.
I continue to teach today because I love meeting people, introducing them to yoga and its benefits and hearing little slices of their lives along the way. Yoga helps me to deal with two teenagers and ‘being me'. I love to balance whether that’s on two feet, one foot, my head or my hands. I am really interested in the science behind yoga and how it is evolving to meet the needs of present day students. After two total hip replacements since 2020 yoga helps me to move well, stay strong, and accept where I am. I study mindfulness and I am looking forward to revisiting my dancing days! I can't decided whether to explore line dancing, ballroom or street dance. I am currently inspired by @itsslavik on instagram - although my hips might not quite be ready for this yet!
My classes are friendly and inclusive and I'll see you soon.