The classes taught me the importance of listening to the body, working with the breath, and keeping the spine healthy by working softly with asana and maintaining a beginners mind. These principles remain central to my practice today.

Furthermore, those early classes instilled a very keen interest in anatomy and bodywork. Inspired, I went on to study Classical massage, Indian Head massage and Seated Acupressure massage.

After moving to Manchester in 2003, I continued to attend classes of various yoga styles including Ashtanga, Traditional Hatha, Dru and Yin, as well as practicing yoga at home. It took a little while to find the right class and teacher for me, which turned out to be a local Iyengar class.

Since having children and returning to work in a primary school, I have come to learn the real value of a yoga practice – enabling me to find space, strength, balance and calm in my day-to-day life.

Encouraged by my stepmother to train as yoga teacher, I enrolled with Yoga Campus and was part of the first Manchester intake in 2016. I was drawn to the course because of the array of inspirational, authentic teachers and liked that the course was not dedicated to a specific type of yoga – but one which teaches above all an authentic, safe, inclusive, breath-centred and mindful approach to yoga.

During the course, I was able to deepen my own practice and incorporate both pranayama and meditation under the guidance of the course tutors. I also attended an intensive course in Restorative Yoga with Adelene Cheong.

In January 2018, I set up a class in Hazel Grove and am now delighted to be part of the Pure Yoga teaching team. I am dedicated to continue my learning and to share a yoga that is simple, safe and suitable for everyone.