It’s not an understatement to say yoga saved my life – and now I’m committed to sharing its transformative and healing powers with others.
I was really sick – physically, mentally and spiritually. I’d been struggling with eating disorders, depression and anxiety throughout my late teens, which put my body and mind under significant amounts of stress. I experienced overwhelming fatigue, heart palpitations, weight fluctuations, joint aches, mood swings, brain fog and acid reflux (to name a few).
At my wits’ end, I started yoga. I thought, what’s the harm?
I fell in love immediately, and the practice became a crucial piece of kit in my recovery toolbox. I learnt how to show up for myself and others, and discovered the incredible potential of the human body and mind.
Yoga had such a positive impact on my life that I decided to take a teacher training course. I wanted to share its gifts, to the best of my ability, with others (especially with people who were in some sort of pain).
So, I took an Ashtanga teacher training course with Martin Thomson, who trained with leading teachers Brian Cooper and K. Pattabhi Jois, at Yoga Dharma. I’ve also studied under David Swenson, one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system (including all of the asana sequences and pranayama) as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.
I endeavour to make my classes fully accessible, which means everyone is welcome, regardless of age, gender, ability or body type. And one of my main priorities is to create a space where everyone feels safe and welcome – because this practice is truly for everyone, no matter what glossy yoga magazines would have you believe!
The Iyengar teaching method helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses, ensuring you are working safely with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. Props such as blocks and belts are sometimes used to help with this.
The classes can be hard work but you will quickly build up your strength, flexibility and stamina.
Classes generally start with simple poses and build up to more advanced but appropriate adjustments will be made for people with different physiques or problems. The class ends with a period of relaxation.