I live with my family in St Margarets and have been practising yoga for over 10 years.
I must admit that I giggled all the way through my first yoga class, luckily my second class was more enlightening. A feeling of well-being replaced the giggles, a connection was made and my yoga journey began.
I was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, followed swiftly by the mental and emotional ones. Yoga has also proved to be a source of strength during illness and illustrated its healing potential afterwards. It is a holistic approach, aiming to create balance, harmony, health and well-being for the body and mind, throughout life, on and off the yoga mat.
Love Yoga style
My Love Yoga style is a combination of the styles that I have personally practised over the years and the influence of my teachers and training. Sometimes my experience of Ashtanga will heavily influence a class, so it will be dynamic and challenging, whilst other times may be a gentler and restorative Hatha class, with some wonderful postures inspired from my pregnancy yoga teaching. Either way, an environment of compassion, kindness, stillness, connection and reflection is encouraged. Classes will always focus on Pranayama (breathing techniques), Asana (physical postures), and relaxation. I strongly believe that yoga is not about how it looks on the outside, rather how it feels on the inside.
'How we practice yoga is much more important, than what we practice. Too often yoga students force themselves into contorted positions with no regard for whether what they are doing is helping them or hurting them. Their egos are in control, and the ego wants to look good in front of others. Yoga is not a competitive sport, it is an inward practice designed to build awareness, non-attachment, equanimity and contentment. We do not use the body to get into a pose, we use the pose to get into the body.'
Bernie Clark, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga
Being a ‘British Wheel of Yoga’ teacher
I have been a ‘British Wheel of Yoga’ teacher since July 2013 and also have an additional ‘British Wheel of Yoga’ qualification specialising in Pregnancy Yoga. The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY), is the Governing Body for Yoga in the United Kingdom.
The BWY is a highly professional organisation offering first class training in all the practical and ethical aspects of being a safe, skilled, competent and qualified yoga teacher. The training is detailed and includes much focus upon anatomy & physiology, aiming to ensure that the teacher is safe and effective. Once qualified as a BWY Teacher the training doesn’t stop, Continued Professional Development is required in order to maintain the status of a BWY Teacher. I will forever be a dedicated student of yoga and attend classes and workshops by the most inspiring and experienced teachers throughout the world.
Ultimately being a BWY qualified teacher helps ensure that high standards are delivered in the class room by a safe, skilled, competent and qualified person.