“The thing you are looking for is the thing that’s looking”
When I attended my first yoga class in my early 20s I knew I had found something which could really change the way I thought and felt: yoga stretched my body and my mind, challenged me, and yet made me feel deeply content, like being at home with myself. I immediately recognised yoga as a way to move away from any internal struggles, and develop tools to live a life which is joyful and aligned to a sense of purpose.
I have always been a seeker and keen on learning. In 1997 I travelled fairly extensively through India and Nepal, a personal journey of discovery inspired by my love of yoga. In Dharamsala, northern India, I had many wonderful experiences including meeting and shaking hands with the Dalai Lama at one of his public lectures. It wasn’t on my travel agenda, but something compelled me to participate in my first meditation course, which provided an awakening experience. The meditation was the Buddhist technique of Vipassana, in the Goenka style, a 10 day residential silent retreat. It allowed me to truly experience my mind, and become more familiar with my thoughts and mental habits. The mediation experience opened up and clarified the teachings of yoga, that the awakening comes from the internal experience, and that experience can begin wherever you are right now.
Having practiced yoga for around 25 years, my own practice is grounded in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method, yet always evolving, and I continue a daily meditation practice. I attend regular teacher training courses and events and draw on the rich and diverse yogic traditions and philosophy. I am an accredited British Wheel of Yoga teacher, and trained with YogaCampus, the training body of London’s The Life Centre.
I am lucky to live in the beautiful Surrey countryside, with my husband, two boys and our happy, excitable dog. I love to get involved in community and firmly believe that the greatest gift of yoga is to create fulfilling relationships. My teaching is from the heart, from my direct experience of yoga and all the continued learning. I am committed to my own personal growth, and I am completely dedicated to supporting others in finding their own truth so that they may experience happiness, success and love.