About Me

I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and very quickly began to notice its many benefits. After graduating from university and entering the very hectic world of TV Production I found that regular practice helped to reduce stress and focus the mind. Spending most of my day sat at a desk I also realized how valuable yoga was in helping me to keep strong and flexible.

In January 2012 I injured my back and was diagnosed with a Prolapsed Disc. In increasing amounts of pain and with limited movement I was forced to quit my job and take some time out to focus on my health. Doctors recommended spinal surgery, saying it was the only option for a pain free future but I sought advice from many alternative health professionals. With the help of chiropractic treatment and a gentle daily yoga routine I gradually returned to full health, to the surprise of my GP and Orthopaedic Surgeon. I now maintain my health with daily practice and the occasional visit to a chiropractor.

This difficult year lead me to re-evaluate what I wanted to do with my life and how I wanted to spend my days. I knew that for my health I couldn’t return to a desk job and I wanted to tell everyone about the magic of yoga and how it helped me. I saw and heard of so many people who were suffering from back pain and I wanted to show them that there was a way out of it.

In February 2013 I undertook a 200 hour yoga teacher training course at Sushumna Yoga in Goa, India, with Sonja Appel (a former student of the late Shri K Pattabhi Jois) and have been teaching full time ever since. I later went on to study in London with Calm for Kids and received a Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in 2014.

Over the next few years, as my teaching and personal practice developed I began to seek a more holistic approach to yoga focusing less on the physical aspects and delving deeper into yoga as a spiritual practice.

In 2016 I returned to India where I found my Guru Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva Ji), a Himalayan Yoga Master and founder of Akhanda Yoga. I completed the 500hr Akhanda Yoga Advanced Teacher Training and fell in love with this traditional approach to yoga. I lived, worked and taught at the ashram for 1 year and after assisting on several YTTCs I lead my first Teacher Training course in 2017. Since then I have also completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Kata Van Doesselaar of Rise and Shine Yoga.

I now divide my time between England & India running drop in classes, short courses, workshops, retreats and trainings. I am registered with Yoga Alliance UK, have a DBS certificate, first aid at work certificate and public liability insurance.

My aim is to share my love and passion of Yoga with as many people as possible regardless of age, body type or fitness levels. I want to help people live healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives and I believe that this can be achieved through regular practice of the 8 limbs of Yoga. My classes aim to challenge but with a sense of playfulness and surrender, allowing students to decide what they need on any given day.

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