Yoga has been part of my life since the 1980s, but I only became a full-time yoga teacher in 2015.
Before then, I worked full-time in the IT industry and spent significant periods of time working away from home. I find that my yoga practice is something that travels – wherever I am, I look to find a yoga class, or find time for a short practice in my hotel room.
My yoga style
I enjoy exploring classes which have a different ethos or approach. If you are new to yoga, you may find the terminology confusing, but Iyengar, Astanga, Viniyoga, Dynamic Flow, Power Yoga are all based on Hatha Yoga and have helped over time to inform my personal style.
As well as having practiced yoga for over 30 years, I hold the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma in teaching yoga – a qualification which required 500 hours of study and practice.
I chose the BWY not only because they place emphasis on making yoga accessible to all but also because they embrace all yoga traditions and encourage their student teachers to explore them, thereby developing a personal and authentic style of teaching.
Making yoga accessible
In support of my belief that yoga can be helpful for all of us, I teach a weekly class for residents of a bail hostel in Reading. During 2018 I completed the BWY – Prison Phoenix Trust module ‘Teaching Yoga in Prison’ to develop my capabilities for teaching those living in prison or in another restricted environment.
I am also teaching yoga on behalf of Sport in Mind, a charity that uses sports and other exercise to help with recovery and rehabilitation for people with mental health problems.
Read about my drop-in and private classes.