I started practicing yoga in the 90s whilst living in Brighton. I was fortunate to work close to a studio called ‘Natural Bodies’ and was able to attend Scaravelli Yoga classes with Gary Carter and Jo Avison regularly.
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.