I attended my first yoga class in the early 1990s as a teenager. Like most of us who find ourselves drawn to yoga, I honestly cannot even say why I asked my mum to drive me to the local leisure centre for the class. I also cannot honestly say that I even understood most of what the teacher was saying. I just knew that there was something about it that I was drawn to. Throughout my teenage years I attended classes erratically always enjoying the experience but fitting them in between nightclubs, studying and generally being a teenager!
In the early 2000s I embarked on several years of travel and at age 21 I spent my first stint (6 months) in India. I met Gopi on a beach in Goa and practised yoga with him everyday finding my body capable of so much more than I thought it was. I went on to study at the Iyengar Institute in Rishikesh and met the Ashtanga practice in Mcloed Ganj. During these 6 months I also dived deeply into the philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism and during my stay at Tushita, in the presence of one of my greatest teachers, in a moment of Grace a true knowing was awakened within me. I recived what is known in some traditions as Shakipat. And as if to confirm the truth of what I had seen, just a few months later I received a second shaktipat in the presence of H.H the Dali Lama.
In 2004 I moved to Cornwall, I continued to study with senior teachers in both Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions and completed a 200 hour vinyasa teacher training with YogaArts.
And then I met Bridget Woods Kramer. I found her in the yellow pages (it was that long ago!) Bridget taught Anusara yoga and I instantly fell in love it. Now, nearly 20 years later I still consider Bridget my foremost asana teacher. I feel blessed to be her student and her friend. Within the Anusara tradition I have also studied with John Friend, Doug Kellar (yoga therapeutics,) Jayendra Hanley, Tiffany Wood and Jim Burnart to name but a few of the wonderful teachers in this tradition. In 2012 I gained an Anusara Inspired teaching qualification (Yoga Alliance accredited 200 hours) and I am in currently in the final stages of becoming an certified Anusara teacher, one of the most well respected qualifications in the yoga community. I currently teach classes and workshops locally. I have also assisted and co-taught with Bridget on teacher trainings world-wide.
I have a deep passion for the practice of pranayama. I have studied for over a decade with Clive Sheridan and have also attended trainings with Rose Baudin and Rodney Yee. However, it is my own inner voice which has been the greatest teacher of this magical practice.
I am also passionate about the philosophy which underpins the practice of yoga. I continue to study Mahayana Buddhism and am currently embarked on the FPMT 5 year basic (or not so basic) program. I also, simultaneously study the tradition of Kashmir Shivism (non-dual tantra.) This philosophy of part of the Anusara tradition and is an exquisitely rich yet little-known philosophical system. I have studied with Carols Pomeda, Bill Mahony, Sally Kempton, Christopher Wallis, Paul Muller-Ortega and Alexis Sanderson all of whom are schoors within this tradition. I am also a student of Sanskrit.
I am blessed to have 2 daughters and it was during my child bearing years that I felt drawn to teach pregnancy and mother and baby yoga, both of which I qualified as a teacher in with Uma Dinsmore Tuli.
I am a registered general nurse and continue to work in acute settings. I am qualified massage therapist. I run a flotation tank (which I spend many hours in,) I have journeyed with plant medicine and I am a meditater.
And if you made it to the end of this Bio, well done. I hope you can make it to one of my classes or workshops and I look forward to meeting you.
Practising with Gopi, India. 2002
Yoga Arts Vinyasa teacher training, India. 2008
Assisting Bridget on the 2019 Immersion