After discovering a gem of a class at a local
gym and practicing for a couple of years, I
liked the sense of calm, peace and focus yoga
gave my very distractible mind. I also enjoyed
less aches and pains as a result of my body
becoming steadier and stronger.
I'm certainly not super bendy or acrobatic and
started yoga after working many years as a postman
and graphic designer before that. So I consider
myself to have a fairly regular body reflecting
a regular working life!
I traveled to Kerala, South India in 2015 to
'deepen my practice' (as they all say!) and
enjoyed my teacher training course. I really
loved my experience in the Ashram and knew yoga
was going to stay a big part of my life.
With a genuine desire to help others share in
the benefits of a regular yoga practice, I began
to teach part time and continue to learn. In
2017 after 10 years at Royal Mail I left to
become full time self employed as a yoga teacher.
TEACHING, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
I qualified in June 2018 as a Somatic Exercise
Coach having trained with Lisa
Petersen @ Living
yoga. This line of enquiry changed my own
practice, my teaching practice and approach
and I really like how the practice teaches others
to help themselves.
have now lead yoga asana classes with pranayama
and more mindful movement in Manchester for
over 8 years and have gained over 3000 hours
of teaching experience at my classes at leisure
centres, community centres, an inner city school,
college and university, private offices, covering
at Bodywise in Manchester Buddhist Centre and
on-line on Zoom.
In the busy leisure centre environment my creativity
and ability to adapt and change has proved essential.
In these popular fully rounded classes I like
to create a non-competitive, peaceful, light-hearted,
atmosphere combining the energy of group practice
with individual focus. I try to allow time for
people to absorb what they do, move more mindfully
and encourage a peaceful practice which hopefully
enables folk to continue their day with a sense
Believing in continuing personal development
I continue to attend workshops and further training.
The most recent listed first:
During Lockdowns in the 2020's I've had the
opportunity to learn with some of my teachers
teachers and explore other areas of body work:
500hr Yoga Teacher Training (2022)
Befriending the Breath, Space and Gravity Immersion
Series (2022) Lisa
Somatic Immersion Series (2022) Lisa
Livestream Class Series (2022) Donna
Somatic Immersion Series (2021) Lisa
Yoga with Adelene
Laban / Barteneiff fundamentals with Alexandra
Body Mind Centering with the STEM/Embody-Move
teachers and Bonnie
and before lockdown in person:
Intelligent Yoga: A CPD weekend with Peter
Blackaby (March 2020)
The Embryology of Communication: Cells, Blood
and Fluid Movements with Amy
Matthews (Nov 2019)
Somatics CPD: Pelvis, pelvic floor, psoas, sacrum
and jaw theme Lisa
Petersen. (Sept 2019).
Coming Back to the Senses with Donna
Farhi (June 2019)
Gentle is the New Advanced with J
Brown at Triyoga, London. (Jan 2019)
Breath Centered Yoga with Leslie
Kaminoff at Triyoga, London. (June 2018)
Moving from Centre with Gaby Porter.
Somatic Movement Education with Lisa
Petersen, Gaby Porter & Maggie Peasewood.
Embodied Yoga with Amanda
Yoga with Christine
Core stability CPD with GLL and Kirtan.
Yoga Teacher Training 200hr Alliance RYS Sivananda
Yoga Vedanta Centre. (Jan 2015)
I regularly attend Bhakti yoga sessions because
I love the music and I often go to a classes
in person and more recently on-line which inspires
and informs my own practice.
With a background in graphic design, the arts,
and occupational therapy, there’s a lot
stuff I can also bring to the table!