1. What brought you to yoga and how long have you been practising?
“I was a competitive martial artist and boxer from the age of twelve right into my twenties. During this time, I took an interest in meditation, visualisation and the ability to utilise the mind to achieve focus and control over myself, and remain calm in highly stressed situations (like being chased around a boxing ring!).
“I started dabbling in yoga and tai chi in my mid twenties to create some ‘yin’ and calm in the very ‘yang’ martial arts practices I was performing. I also used it to help stress reduction as I had a full-on corporate job at the time. From there, my love of yoga grew and I have never looked back. I am 38 now, so I have been practicing yoga for about 13 years.”
2. What drew you to Vinyasa yoga in particular?
“Having come from the very physical practices of martial arts, running, weights, rugby etc., vinyasa has been a perfect transition as there is a large emphasis on physical movement. In addition, I found an affinity between the fluid movements of tai chi and vinyasa. I really enjoy the smooth transitions and mindful movement.”
“As I have progressed and learnt more about yoga, I have incorporated meditation and mindfulness into my practice. I also have a great respect not just for the ‘asana’ but the other limbs of yoga too, and I include the principles of these into the classes I teach and the lifestyle I lead.”
3. What do you most enjoy about being a yoga teacher?
“I have an innate desire to help others and to guide people who feel stuck in their lives and/ or want to improve their health, wellbeing, stress levels and happiness in general.
“I have been through a huge life transformation – from a stressful and hedonistic lifestyle in London to a much more balanced, healthy, focused, integrated and happy lifestyle. If I can pass any of that knowledge on to others then that is a great achievement in my mind.”
4. For those new to your classes, what can they expect?
“I look to provide an intelligent and well thought through class. The class includes movement, flow, strength, flexibility and balance, with a foundation of meditation and mindfulness, a peppering of science and philosophy, and key information for students to develop their yoga practice. Of course, the classes are also fun!”
“Having previously been a personal trainer and studied a degree in Exercise Physiology & Sports Science, I also enjoy utilising and incorporating knowledge acquired as a result into my yoga classes.”
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