A little back story
It was in 2015 when I first laid eyes on a girl doing a 3-leg Downward Dog on my Instagram feed and wondered how the hell she got her body to do that! I am absolutely unashamed to admit that instagram yoga is what brought me to the practice – I simply liked the idea of improving my flexibility and learning some fun new skills!
I started out on my WiiFit in the lounge of my little flat, some weird green light on the screen telling me if I was perfectly balanced in my tree pose or not (side note – not an advised place to learn yoga!). And then I dove nose-first into the internet to read and learn everything I possibly could, I was hooked!
It was this purely egocentric motivation that got me into yoga, but I always say that your reason for starting doesn’t matter in the slightest, it’s whether you keep going, and all the wonderful things you learn along the way when you do.
Finding yoga has helped me become a more rational, level headed person. To continually question my thoughts and words, to realise I am in control of my reactions and feelings and to use that understanding to always act and speak with kindness. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a million miles from perfect at any of these things – I lose my temper, I drive too fast and often suffer with difficult anxiety – but my yoga practice is what keeps me sane, keeps me grounded and gets me through it all. It helps me get through life!
Now, with nearly 1000 hours of official training under my belt, and countless more hours of self-study, one of my main aims as a teacher is to help banish the judgement that can be quite rife in the yoga world of who you should be, how you should think, act, speak. In a world that is already full of judgement that leaves many of us feeling not good enough, or that we don’t fit in, I want to let you know that you are enough, and you’re so welcome here.
Tell us about your yoga teaching
Despite being ‘self-taught’ in the early days, I took my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in London during 2016, an additional 200hr Rocket & Vinyasa Training in 2020 and completed my 500hr training with Jason Crandell in 2021. I also take a lot of inspiration for the mechanics and science of movement from other disciplines such as martial arts, gymnastics, calisthenics and resistance training.
My favourite teaching style is a combination of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga which a friend of mine so perfectly suggested it be called VinHatha! There’s not a great deal of chaturanga-updog-downdogs, but instead we challenge the body in more unique ways, manipulating our body weight to find both length and strength in the entire body.
It’s a high energy, mobility focused practice with strength and flexibility given equal importance. I love to challenge myself and my students to learn new skills, and one of my favourite aspects of teaching is breaking down super-challenging postures into bite sized chunks, helping my students find their version of the posture, with a perfect understanding of what is required of their body to do so safely.
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