taking the effort to get up and onto my mat in the morning
watching my breath for an hour without getting upset that my mind wanders every few seconds
taking up challenges and meeting my fears when practicing handstands
My yoga journey
I’ve been fascinated by yoga and meditation since my early teens, but other than reading books on Buddhism, Taoism, existential philosophy and everything else a teenager is usually attracted to nothing much ever came of it. In the early 2000s I finally started practicing Tai Chi and going on meditation retreats and on one of those retreats I had my first yoga class. Back in London I was quickly hooked and yoga immediately became a constant in my life.
I was interested in a practice that emphasises the breath, establishing the focus for a moving meditation and started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga – linking breath with movement and finding space and alignment within one asana through the breath. It’s a beautiful framework to practice in and I still try in some Mysore sessions every now and then. Staying within the Krishnamacharya lineage my practice soon evolved into a more free flow Vinyasa yoga style, where there’s space to focus on different physical and energetic themes with every practice and this is the style I teach in my regular classes. I also love the complementing balancing nature of a yin and restorative yoga practice.
My meditation practice and teaching draws from my background in Vipassana (Insight) – a Buddhist approach to meditation based on the Theravada lineage, but universally valid independent of any religious believes. I sit quietly for a while (almost) every day – and go on meditation retreat two or three times a year.
I also teach mindfulness and find teaching six to eight week courses particularly beneficial to introduce a framework of practices. Over many years I have seen both in myself and my students the positive effects a regular mindfulness practice has, particularly in stressful times or with chronic illness or pain.
I’m passionate about my own ever evolving practice and have been lucky to study with and been inspired by some of the world’s leading yoga teachers including Sarah Powers, Richard Freeman, Alan Finger, Shiva Rea and Rod Stryker amongst many others. I also have amazing yoga teachers and students in London that inspire and support me on my yoga journey and am blessed with great meditation teachers at Amaravati Monastery in Hertfordshire.
In addition to having done well over 500 hours of teacher training intensives and workshops I also hold a 200hr teacher training diploma from yogacampus, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. I’ve trained in yin yoga and mindfulness with Sarah Powers and in mindfulness and self-compassion at 200hr level with MindfulnessUK, accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
I’m involved in yogacampus’ teacher training course and support yoga teacher trainees in their own journey of becoming teachers as a mentor.