At an early age in Yorkshire, UK I remember seeing my mum upside down on her head & found a rather old looking yoga book. Maybe then as a child a little seed was planted. In 1996 I came upon yoga again when traveling with a friend however it took many years of joining classes before I understood and felt the impact on my physical body, my mind & heart.
I was driven by competitive sports from an early age, so yoga in the beginning seemed painful, tedious and pretty boring. However something was awakening inside and kept me returning & I felt it was a good balance for all the running I was doing. Slowly more & more of my spare time was spent in Yoga classes & workshops until one teacher suggested I should do their yoga Teacher Training (TTC) at Tri Yoga. My first thought was I am not ready, ‘ she said ‘you are’!
In 2007 I embarked on a 18 month TTC at Tri Yoga, London which transformed my life & the way I saw the world outside. Thanks to Anna Ashby, Carlos Pomeda & Joey Mills. A short time after finishing the course I had a deep yearning for more knowledge to know my self. I was working as a Business consultant for a large corporation in a seemingly respectable role and had all the perks that go with it. However inside I felt empty and without a purpose, my heart & soul were telling me there had to be more to life than living this way. Within 6 weeks I quit my job, house, car, country and went to India indefinitely.
I had no other plan than to fill my hearts desire, sharing my passion and love for yoga. Now for almost a decade I have been travelling around the world teaching yoga to all types of people, abilities & ages on retreats, classes, festivals (Geneva Yoga Festival , India Yoga Festival, Bhakti Camp) and with private clients. Growing as a teacher from my students, inspiring teachers & places. My training continued & I spent many years training in the Anusara Yoga system, taking Meditation courses & many courses to expand my depth of knowledge about the path of yoga. Now my classes are eclectic working with sound, mantra & breath combined with Asana. Over the years my interests have deepened into Bhakti Yoga (devotional practices such as chanting & kirtan). I’m also excited to be part of the Swaha Teacher Training (TTC) team sharing TTC’s in Jordan, Bali & Greece.
Another life changing moment was when I embarked on my first Thai Massage training in a hill tribe in Thailand. I began this journey as a way to feel more confident assisting students in yoga classes. I did not know at that time that I would then spend the next 6 years intensely training in Thai Massage and Osteothai. Thai Massage is so much more than massage, touching so many levels of the body, physical, emotional, spiritual.
Fifty percent of my time is spent giving Osteothai treatments, and teaching Thai Massage courses. As well of being part of the Sunshine Thai Massage Community around the world. Every year I continue my studies with David Lutt after spending many summers also assisting & studying with Krishna Takis at Sunshine House, Greece.