Yoga for body, heart and mind

 

Yoga is a way of life for me and I have been studying and practising since 1998. In 2005 I did my first of many teacher trainings with the British Wheel of Yoga and I have been sharing yoga with others since then. I am registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals in the UK - this is the highest accreditation they offer and reflects my varied and high quality training (+ 1000 hours) and teaching experience.

Yoga is a way to help us to integrate our bodies, hearts and minds. For me this is mainly via movement, breath, reflection and meditation. I believe that this is absolutely necessary to help to create positive change in our precious world, on all levels - personal, social and environmental.  

My intention is to give every one of my students access to the many benefits of yoga and wholeheartedly believe in the power of yoga to ignite positive change in the world.

Yoga teachers are forever students of yoga and my main teachers are currently Sarah and Ty Powers, founders of the Insight Yoga Institute through which I am also mentored. I have been honored to study with many teachers, notably including: 

  • Hatha Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga, 500 hours 
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Claire Missingham, 200 hours, 'Outstanding' grade. 

  • Prana Vinyasa flow with Shiva Rea  

  • Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers 

  • Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

  • Self-enquiry with Mooji & Adyashanti  

 

Inspired by the work of luminaries such as Andrew Harvey and Joanna Macy, and from own personal experience, I see that we really need to fuse "deep spiritual knowledge, experience and practice, with wise, incessant action for justice and peace" ~ A.Harvey.

Yoga practice purely for own personal gain can lead to disconnect and disassociation from the world, whilst activism that isn't rooted from a personal spiritual practice often results in exhaustion and debilitating frustration and anger.

My own main passion in the world off the mat is environmental justice. This is the lens through which I approach my intention to make conscious choices every day. Of course, environmental justice is inextricably linked to social and political justice - indeed all the injustices and pressing issues of our current age are interwoven. Nothing exists in isolation. 

Below you can click to read an essay I wrote back in 2010 that attempted to express my feelings on this. It was published in Spectrum magazine, the journal for the British Wheel of Yoga in 2015.

 
We live in a precious, interconnected world.
Everything we do has consequences.
We are all living the effects of both our personal and collective activity.
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