Where I am coming From
I have always been interested in the bigger picture, having studied and worked in the Private and Public sectors within the environmental field. Having an idea of the amount of work that is required to achieve global sustainability, I realised that a shift is needed to come from each individual's attitudes towards ourselves, others and our surrounding before this can become possible.
How does Yoga fit into the story
It was discovered in ancient times that yoga is a method of practice that brings out the best qualities in the individual, removing the false perception that we are all separate from others, and increasing our awareness of our interconnectedness.
My Yoga Journey
I started practising Iyengar yoga in Oxford in 2000, I noticed how good it felt physically straight away and over the next few months how I grew stronger in more subtle ways. I then moved 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.
As my interested in yoga deepend I began reading yoga books and going to workshops. I then undertook the BWY Foundation Level 1 Course in 2006 when all the pieces began to fit together and I wanted to share the yoga way with others which meant becoming a teacher, something that I had not anticipated. I then took a career break to raise my children and started the 3 year, BWY Diploma Teacher Training Course in 2007, during which time I developed a deep interest and practice in antenatal/pregnancy yoga. I have since undertaken additional training to teach pregnancy yoga with Camyoga in 2012. And 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...
My Yoga Classes
My teaching style is influenced by my experience gained from past and present yoga teachers and from seeing the effects of my own practice on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level on myself.
Classes are primarily asana (posture work) based, a typical classes generally includes yoga philosophy, warm ups, static asana work, sequences (linking of asana together) in the more advanced classes, pranayama (breathing techniques), chanting and end with a warm down and/or relaxation…bliss…
Postures are demonstrated and verbal instruction is given. If the students is happy to have them, hands on assists are also given.
Classes are small (max 5 students per class) put into levels or types to cater for student requirements.