After many years of dance and with a keen interest in keeping healthy, yoga felt like the most natural path for me to take.
My journey took a new turn when I discovered a Sivananda teacher who really inspired me. His class was strong on posture work and pranayama, but for the first time I found spirituality in my practice; the inner calmness or prana that everyone talks about.
After practising with him for many years and studying Sivananda yoga intensively with the Swamis, I just knew I had to teach as they were such calm people, filled with an inner peace and beauty.
In 2002 I was able to complete my teacher training. I have an annex in my garden which became the perfect yoga studio. It is light and airy and faces onto a lush garden, with space for 9 students, so classes are small and intimate.
I also have a deck where classes can be held outside when the weather allows; to practice yoga in nature is a wonderful experience.
Three years ago I found another wonderful mentor the Scaravelli inspired Mark Woolford. Scaravelli yoga teaches quality of movement above achievement of postures. My practice now feels truly integrated, working with the vital core, the breath, the spine and the rest of the body growing strength into lightness.
To prepare the body and mind before you start and to continue working as you journey into the posture, it is important to remember to always be in the present moment so not to allow habits to form, coming into each asana as if it is for the first time. I bring this work and my years of Sivananda yoga into my teaching, it is a total integration of mind body and soul.