A Brief Introduction
I have been teaching for over 30 years, with a career involving the Royal Navy, Leisure Centre Management, GP Referral Exercise Programming, Exercise for Special Populations (including Cardiac Rehabilitation), Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Myofascial Release Therapy.
My love affair with yoga began in 1993 when I took my first hatha class at a health spa and I have been addicted ever since!
For many years I was drawn to the dynamic practice of Iyengar yoga, enjoying the strong and energetic feel of the classes that I attended and wanted to learn more. In 2005 I met Jenny Beeken, co-founder of the Inner Yoga Trust in Hampshire and entered a one year foundation course, which introduced me to a style of yoga which challenged traditional approaches to postural practice and encouraged a deeper investigation of the body. This new, thoughtful route of inquiry challenged my body to slow down and become more thoughtful of the body’s natural intuition – doing less, but learning to feel more. Although I had been struggling to manage on-going back pain, my body began to respond to this intelligent approach to yoga and I was inspired to continue onto the two year Teacher Training Awareness programme – qualifying as a yoga teacher through The Inner Yoga Trust (accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga) in 2008.
In 2014 I completed training in Thai Yoga Massage, accredited through and recognised by The Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM).
In 2020 I completed the Myofascial Release Therapy Structural Series 1, 2 and 3 with Myofascial Release UK.
My Yoga teaching style has developed and matured over time, inspired by a need to find a way to manage recurring back problems which had steadily developed after giving birth to my twins in 1996. ‘Back care’ and postural awareness have been a major focus in the classes that I have taught since then and I continue to be inspired by yoga teaching which focuses on the spine as the source of natural intelligence. I am particularly drawn to the influences of Vanda Scaravelli and teachers who worked extensively with Vanda – like Diane Long, who have passed on their own interpretations of a practice which brings the spine to life.
My aim as a yoga teacher is to help others to develop their own awareness of the body’s natural intuition, through mindful movement, exploration of the breath and awareness of gravity.
I regularly attend yoga teaching workshops and training courses which explore and promote an intuitive based practice and this has become a strong focus for my own practice and for my teaching of yoga on the online classes, workshops and retreats that I now offer.
As a Thai Yoga Massage therapist I use integrated techniques involving Myofascial Release, to offer a manual therapy approach to assist in the relief and management of chronic pain.
I met my husband at the age of 19 in 1986 on a Competent Crew Sailing Course, whilst we were both serving in the Royal Navy and since then we have continued to share a deep love of sailing.
We bought our boat in 2007 after many years of dreaming and trawling around boat shows – a beautiful Austrian Sunbeam 44, which we kept in Croatia and holiday-sailed as often as possible with our twin girls.
As life became busier and more stressful we decided to take our courage in both hands and make a much talked about, joint dream come true – we sold up, put our most precious belongings in storage and moved onto our sailing boat, with the intention of taking two-three years out to decompress and live our dream.
We left the UK in April 2018 with just a rucksack each, stepping off of our ‘hamster wheel’ and embarking upon the journey of a lifetime. We are both in our 50’s and for us, this is the next stage of parenting. Both of our children have flown the nest to live their own lives and this is our opportunity to do something amazing, whilst we still have the drive, energy and motivation to be adventurous and a tiny bit reckless.
We continue to share our experience and I am writing a regular BLOG, to enable you to follow our adventure.