"yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down." Jigar gor
Five years ago the last place you would have found me was on a yoga mat!
I did not see myself as the kind of person who 'did' yoga - I strength trained, I ran, I rode horses... I definitely didn't see the benefits of stretching or sitting still for any length of time.
But then the universe threw me a curve ball and I damaged a disc in my back...
Out of sheer stubborness to rest completely, I decided if I couldn't do the exercise I wanted to do, I would try going to a yoga class - I was told that it could be very healing for back injuries. So I signed up to a class and that first experience was a turning point in my life!
I fell head over heels in love with the strength and connection that yoga gave me - and the way it taught me so much about my body - even though a lot of the times I didn't necessarily want to 'hear' what it had to say!
I felt totally at home on my yoga mat.
And so in 2016 I decided to head of to Costa Rica for a month and study to become a yoga teacher with Yoga Academy International. I went with the intention of just doing this for me - and I came back knowing I had to share it.
The physical practice of yoga - known as Asana - has given me so much.
It has reconnected me to my body so deeply I can no longer ignore the messages it gives me. It has of course improved my flexibility and strengthened my body but far more than the physical benefits - yoga has taught me patience, acceptance and immense gratitude for my body.
It has taught me about kindness, compassion and truthfulness, and it has enabled me to support and guide many other people to find their own unique path with the practice.
Yoga has lead me down a pretty amazing and magical path.
What you gain from yoga is unique to you - the practice will give you exactly what you need - even if sometimes that is not pretty, comfortable or what you expect.
My teaching style is varied. My flow classes are strong and dynamic - focusing on cultivating an inner and outer strength in mind and body linking breath and movement together.
And yet there is a time for deep relaxation and rest with replenishing practices which combine gentleness and nourishment for the whole self. No one class is ever the same.
Practice with me...
Mondays at Kingdom Yoga in Penshurst at 10am - 11.30am for EmPower Flow
Private classes at my home in Hildenborough, limited spaces available
Join me on a retreat