I was drawn to yoga in 2014 while pregnant with my son. At the time, I had a stressful job in finance with long hours. I had always loved working out in the gym and had assumed yoga wasn’t for me. I could barely touch my toes, I didn’t think I was spiritual enough and I was convinced it wouldn’t give me a ‘real’ workout.
After my first class, what brought me back to my yoga mat time and time again was the strength I found inside. The mindfulness yoga teaches helped me to shift my outlook on life. And it made me sweat and work harder than I had in the gym!
Being a mother can be tough. My daughter was born in the summer of 2017, and her birth and start to life were very traumatic. I don’t think you can ever be prepared for having a child in intensive care, and I was hit with postnatal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The breathing techniques, meditation and physical practice of yoga gave me an outlet to cope and feel strong again in both my mind and body. And today my daughter is a beautiful soldier who loves nothing better than to sit beside me while I practice.
Through yoga I am happier and spend more time enjoying the present rather than living in the past or worrying about the future. Those days of wishing to be in ‘a future place where I am happy’ are gone. I’ve seen a big difference in my stress levels and the way I handle situations that in the past would challenge me. AND I’m stronger and more flexible than I’ve ever been.
I am so excited to have just released my first eBook ‘Strength Through Yoga’ with Finola Burrell, an incredible Physiotherapist and Pilates teacher, and now a close friend. The book is bespoke and evidence based. It’s physio, midwife, women’s health and doctor approved. It’s not just an exercise guide on how to get a sixpack and fit into your pre-baby jeans. In order to feel your best, we know you need to work with the mind as well as the body – the deep muscles as well as the larger superficial muscles. We also cover many common postnatal issues like diastasis recti and prolapse, shedding light on issues that can be hard to talk about, and giving you information on what you can do to help.
My yoga classes are suitable for people of all ages and abilities, from total beginners to more advanced practitioners. I’m trained in vinyasa flow and I have completed my pregnancy yoga teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and 75 hour postnatal yoga training with Yogagro / Allwoman. In my classes I love to help others find their strength, and to develop their own self practice. I love breaking down complex poses to make them fun and accessible to all. Most of all, I love finding the magic that yoga brings by connecting to the breath, having fun and leaving any worries at the door.
Yoga London, 200hr Yoga Alliance Training in Vinyasa Flow – (RYT-200)
42hr Pregnancy Teacher Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
75hr Postnatal Mum & Baby Yoga with Yoga Gro and Allwoman