I began yoga in India in 1991 and completed my Teaching Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 1999. Since that time, I’ve attended regular retreats, trained and practised with with respected yoga and meditation teachers and learned from osteopaths, physiotherapists and other body-heart-mind practitioners. I have specialist training in Yoga for People Living with Cancer, yoga for back issues, breath, a diploma in adult learning, BA Hons in Philosophy (Eastern & Western), certificate in Counselling and am a Rosen Bodywork practitioner in training. I’m a member of the British Wheel of Yoga, the Rosen Institute and Rosen Method Professional Association UK. My yoga teaching is rooted in a consistent personal practice and continues to evolve.
For the past 23 years, I’ve taught weekly open classes, individual sessions, workshops, events and retreats as well as specialised classes for people with limited mobility, long-term illness, mental health difficulties and learning disabilities, carers, children, professional dancers, actors and health professionals. From 2001 to 2014 I delivered a range of yoga and healthy living courses for Lancashire Adult Learning and also taught for several years at Lancaster University and Ludus Dance. I regularly joined the team at Dhanakosa Buddhist retreat centre, Scotland to co-lead yoga and meditation retreats, led yoga weekends at Samye Ling Tibetan monastery and jointly organised the Yoga Space at Buddhafield Festival in Somerset. Until lockdown, I was contracted by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to teach yoga to their staff. I currently work with local organisation CancerCare to provide Yoga for people living with cancer or other life-limiting illness. I’m delighted to be able to resume in-person yoga classes, events and individual sessions, mainly at the beautiful Friends’ Meeting House, Lancaster, whilst continuing to offer live-streamed sessions by Zoom. And I am offering Rosen Method Bodywork sessions in Lancaster and Didsbury. I support the TLC (Tara low-cost clinic) offering accessible therapies to people in need at the Tara Centre, Lancaster www.taracentrelancaster.org.uk
The yoga I practise and teach is very simple – moving, breathing, being – so that we remember who we really are and (re)discover the wealth of resources within, whatever may be happening in our life. As well as I can, I support each person to find their own unique yoga that is enjoyable and beneficial.
It’s not important whether or not we can stand on our head or even touch our toes – can we be really present in this moment?