I’ve been practicing yoga since having my first son (who is now 27!). Up until then I’d been racing through a hectic career in advertising, film, television and music. I love to be busy and find it hard to sit still for long (unless the sun is shining!) but I also realise how important it is to stop, reflect and appreciate all that I have, even if it is just for a few moments!
It's easy to ignore the stresses and strains that we all put ourselves under - we lead such busy lives and simply don’t have the time to notice how we’re coping physically and mentally with so much going on. But it’s especially because of this that we should all (young and old) take a moment to listen to our bodies and think about how we’re coping.
I think it's particularly important, while we're all struggling to get through this pandemic, to recognise how we're managing to cope. Its impact has been huge on all of us, and the news headlines reflect this daily, reporting the increase in anxiety and depression amongst those most affected by the virus.
We can all benefit from taking time out once in a while, and paying some well-earned attention to ourselves, even if it is only for an hour!
Sadly, now well on the wrong side of middle-age, and not as flexible as others, I’m not going to be the teacher showing off extraordinary contortions and standing on my head – although believe me I wish I could! I can however show you practical and achievable yoga postures and will guide you through a practice which will help you physically, mentally and emotionally. I teach with compassion and can tailor my lessons for those who need a bit of extra TLC. I teach a modern approach to the classic yoga postures with modifications for those who need extra support physically. I teach Chair Yoga for those less able. As a qualified Relax & Renew ® teacher I am also able to provide private Restorative Yoga lessons for clients seeking specific mental, physical and spiritual support. I believe yoga is for all - no matter what age, level of experience, fitness or ability.
My intention is to enable clients to leave my classes feeling calm, steady, recharged and able to deal with whatever worries, concerns or challenges they may have to face. And to give people the opportunity to just take a bit of time for themselves.