I started my yoga journey as a young girl practising with my mother on a Sunday morning enjoying Lyn Marshall’s yoga on the television before life got in the way. My practice re-started in 2003 when I began going twice weekly to yoga classes to help with my ME. I enjoyed them so much that I started practising at home too and quickly noticed the benefits of a regular daily practice. It wasn’t long before I noticed how much yoga was improving other areas of my life besides making me stronger and more flexible. I had been using a wheelchair to get around for some time and had suffered considerable muscle loss, especially in my legs and back. Whilst attending a rehabilitation course I managed to injure my back and right hip, bulging 2 discs and tearing muscles. Going to yoga classes helped to strengthen my back in particular. I also noticed that I was sleeping so much better and was much more relaxed and able to take life in my stride. I learned how to breathe properly again using the whole of my lungs and instead of shallow breathing. The “brain fog” which had troubled me for so long at last disappeared.
When I recovered I decided to train as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga completing their 500 hours Level 4 Diploma. I am a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals and I now teach yoga classes in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and the surrounding area to students of all ages.
I have a particular interest in helping women through their pregnancies and beyond and have undertaken additional prenatal yoga training with both the British Wheel of Yoga and Birthlight. As a mother of two I know exactly how much yoga helps to prepare body and mind for pregnancy and labour as well as aiding recovery afterwards.
I am also a Relax and Renew® Level 1 Certified Teacher, training with Judith Hanson Lasater, and teach weekly Restorative Yoga classes. I am also an Assistant for Judith Hanson Lasater on her Relax and Renew® Level 1 Teacher Training courses.