I grew up in Bath, England and first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2002 while working in the Financial industry at Morgan Stanley in London. I practiced Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga before moving to New York with my job in 2005. It was here in Manhattan on an icy cold January winter's night that I discovered Hot Yoga. I remember walking out onto the bustling street after my first class feeling “sweaty and confused by how good I felt! ". I maintained a daily yoga-office-yoga schedule until I finally took the plunge, followed my heart, quit my job and attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. I taught classes throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn for 3 years, to between 4 and 40 students at a time. I then moved back to the UK in 2011 and taught Hot Yoga in Bristol while becoming certified at the 200hr level. It was at this time of personal transformation that I moved to the BVI....which in hindsight allowed me to find a deeper level of self practice and into a deeper place of self exploration. I then moved to Cape Town for 2 years and taught Vinyasa while expecting my first child. I subsequently became certified to teach Pre and Post-Natal Yoga and also qualified as a Holistic Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. I moved back to the BVI in 2014 with my husband where I taught private and group classes and set up my health coaching business. With the onset of the pandemic, I switched to online teaching and in July 2021 we moved back to Bath, UK with our three young children where I continue to teach.
I was inspired to study and teach yoga due to the fact it is accessible to everyone. Many people are under the misconception that you have to be “flexible” to “do” yoga…the reality is that you have to be more flexible in the mind than the body to start a yoga practice and you have to find the right class for you. I believe that yoga is about reconnecting with ourselves and discovering our truth and lasting happiness no matter how old we are or what our physical fitness is. Practicing yoga asanas helps to open up sleeping areas of the body and allows us to control and deepen the breath, which in turn quiets the mind. I believe this is when true strength and inner peace is revealed. With a dedicated practice, this increased confidence gives way to physical and emotional transformation bringing equanimity to your whole life.
I will challenge you to find your edge physically but also encourage you to find your passion, follow your dreams and take responsibility for your own growth and happiness. The balance we find on the mat will eventually permeate into daily life off of the mat.