Yoga is both a practice and the description of the result of the practice.
The word Yoga means to yoke, to join.
It is a path of integration and a way to heal the disconnect we have from ourselves, one another and the world at large.
Through yoga we can remember and embody wholeness.
I believe that this is absolutely necessary to help to create positive change in our precious world, on all levels - personal, social and environmental.
I have been studying and practising since 1998.
In 2005 I did my first of many teacher trainings - to date I have more than 1000 hours of teacher training - 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, the highest level of Certification awarded to teachers.
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.
Other trainings of note are:
Hatha Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga
Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Claire Missingham
Prana Vinyasa flow with Shiva Rea
Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers & Norman Blair
Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Yoga on and off the mat
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.
What is practice with me like?
Most sessions emphasize movement, breath, rest and meditation.Mantra, reflection and discussion are key components too.
My approach is non-dogmatic with an emphasis on cultivating awareness and self-responsibility.
I love to nurture reverence for life.
It is serious fun.