Yoga Slowly worked its magic
I started to practise Yoga over fourteen years ago with the odd session at the gym to ‘stretch out’ after a sweaty workout. After a serious running injury at the start of 2012 I used Bikram, (a physically demanding style of Yoga practised in a hot studio around 40 degrees) as a way for me to keep my body moving. I started to notice I couldn’t complete the sequence unless I surrendered attention to my breath. For the first time I experienced linking breath and movement making me feel present and calm: at the end of class life stresses seemed to fade away.
An initial flicker of curiosity started to deepen. A week long Ashtanga retreat in the Portuguese mountains later in 2012 was the first time I had practised daily, eaten Vegan food, and been introduced to the heart, history and Spirituality of Yoga. I delved into things a little further with The British Wheel of Yoga Foundation course, which led me to train with Toni Roberts at The Yoga Garden in 2014, qualifying as a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Accredited teacher in 2015. I studied Chakra Vinyasa for a week with Shiva Rea in 2015, and this led me to a 90 hour training with Yoga Campus (led by Alesssandra Pecorella) for the foundational module of Prana Vinyasa completed at the end of 2017. Prana Vinyasa is the beautiful, fluid, and feminine style of Vinyasa Flow created by Shiva Rea which integrates among many things natural cycles into the flow. Moving into and beyond 2019 I continue to study for my 500 hour accreditation with Alessandra.
Why I teach
I find out something new every time I get on my mat, even if it’s just noticing the subtle physical effects a hard day in the office has (I work as a delivery manager in central London by day) and enjoying those sensations melt away. I appreciate what my body is capable of, but equally how to smile and accept something I can’t do knowing I can keep trying. There have been moments Yoga has profoundly affected me, grounding me when life has felt chaotic and uncertain, a way for me to reconnect to my breath, helping my mind and body work together in unison. For me, yoga is not about stretching yourself into the most challenging shapes, it's about dropping into your body and feeling.
I teach the way I like to practise: Yoga is a beautiful ritual, something I do to stop, be present in the moment and with myself, which in turn has the magical effect of opening my heart to feeling more connected with the world around me. The seasonal focus comes from my experience of needing something different depending on the cycles in our external world, whether seasonally, weekly, or the time of day. I want to honour that and I hope people leave my classes feeling cared for, at peace, and inspired to follow even the smallest flicker of curiosity about Yoga.
Heartfelt gratitude to all the teachers who have taught and encouraged me over the years, without you, I wouldn't be here.