My yoga practice and teaching is firmly rooted in the idea that we are more than just 'shapes'. There is a way of moving without force and a way of connecting to our body's innate intelligence through movement. We are all unique and have individual capabilities and through the practice of yoga we can nurture health no matter what age and no matter what experience. Bringing attention and care to the way we perform postures brings us into contact with the idea that our body is a gateway to our 'feelings'. Being aware of physical sensations, emotions and our thought processes brings us to the moment of 'now'. Awareness of our breath, our body, our thoughts and our feelings and emotions in a non judgemental a way as possible is key to my practice and teaching.
On Vanda Scaravelli
I first came into contact with Diane Long and Sophy Hoare ( students of Vanda Scaravelli) in 2003 and was immediately drawn to both the way they practiced and the language used to convey meaning. I had been practicing yoga for 15 years at this time and I remember feely pretty confident in my abilities to perform any shape required. Diane and Sophy saw beyond the outside body and made me rethink everything I believed was important in my yoga practice. Through this teaching I found a new way of moving that harnessed strength from within. In this way a less fragmented body emerges when we understand that movement comes from our spine and connects back to our spine. I have been a student of Sophy ever since with regular one to one sessions. I am also taught by Diane on a regular basis.
I have been practicing Mindfulness meditation for 5 years now. I am a level 2 teacher with the Clear Mind Institute. My training has followed the framework devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn and I am qualified to teach the 8 week MBSR.
I have qualified through MindfulnessUK (level 4) to teach mindfulness and compassion.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment and non judgmentally". (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
The practices of Mindfulness complement my understanding of Yoga and the two threads intertwine effortlessly. Integrating compassion has allowed new dimensions to unfold. Learning, teaching and practicing interweave and always develop.
I completed my teacher training through the British Wheel of Yoga (2006) and am a Foundation Course (1 & 2) Tutor