me and yoga
I BY MISTAKE ended up on a yoga mat while at university in Canada in 2011. I couldn't touch my knees, more than one second in a Downward Dog made my shoulders scream and I couldn't have told you the difference between a Warrior 1 and a Warrior 3 if you'd paid me. BUT, straight away, I was hooked right in.
When you're first building a yoga practice, you have no choice but to be very IN your body and without even realising it at first - you come OUT of your mind; less caught up in the noise of all that stuff that whizzes around our busy busy brains all day long. What joy to find a bit of stillness, a little bit of quiet!
I continued to practise in Canada and then in Edinburgh, and pretty soon after landing in London, I decided I wanted to teach this yoga, as well as learn it. Since I qualified with YogaLondon in 2015, I have been teaching full time in sitting rooms, Sky Gardens and studios all over London... every week is a little different to the last one in terms of where I am and who I meet but it seems to me that where there is yoga, there is good vibes and good eggs.
It feels like a great gift to be both teaching and learning every single day - and I have been lucky to practise with many amazing friends and teachers in beautiful parts of the world. From Canada to Edinburgh to Kerala and now here in London - the PEOPlE that yoga has brought into my world are LIGHT in human form and I feel big gratitude to all my teachers both on and off the mat, for the big lessons and the little lessons.
I teach an accessible, steady style of Vinyasa Flow yoga, where the emphasis is firstly on letting your body breathe the way it wants to, and secondly on letting that body move in ways that feel good and interesting and free and fun. The more I learn and the more I teach, the more interested I become in the moments between the moments; of course landing in certain postures is one thing (and a fun thing) - but what about the transitions from this steadiness, to the next steadiness? What about the bits in between? What can you feel?
Come and choose a steady breath, feel a steady body, and find a steady mind on the mat some time! Below are my regular classes around London - hopefully one is ISH in your neck of the woods....
Private and Corporate Yoga
All you need for yoga is a body, some breath, and some space to roll out a yoga mat. Wherever you are - at home or at work, I have a bike and a backpack and will pedal some yoga right over to you.
Private yoga classes at home mean you can ask the questions you need to; for beginners looking to really get to grips with which foot goes where, or for more experienced yogis looking to go a little deeper - one-to-one or small group classes can be a great way to build your practice in a way that works for you.
I love teaching yoga at offices - it is so much fun for EVERYONE. We just need an empty boardroom and a lunch break, and we're good to go!
For more information on one-to-one or work place yoga, please email with your requirements.
BAck to basics: a vinyasa Flow workshop
Saturday 11th May @ Yogarise Streatham, 2-4pm, £25
There’s no right or wrong way to practise yoga, but there are some postures that feel great and some ways of moving that make you feel… free! Understanding why we do what we do on the yoga mat is helpful so that our practice can feel fun, safe and interesting as it develops. This workshop will get the foundations really clear, so that going forwards you can feel confident in your movement at any yoga class.
We will have time to feel out the sun salutations, have a look at the poses that come up often in class, and start to understand what could come next in a sequence (and how we are going to get there). In a workshop environment there’s space for questions and discussion as well as playing and practicing. We’ll move through an accessible for all vinyasa practice, heating the body up before steadying it all down. It will be a couple of hours spent moving your body and feeling where you are, asking questions you haven’t yet got the answer to and wondering which questions might come next. So come! Bring your yogi friends and your not-yet-yogi friends and let’s work this stuff out together.
Book via yogarise website: here
To plan private or corporate classes, please complete form below and I'll be back to you ASAP with more details. In fact if you have ANY questions - even if it's just which yoga mat to buy, send me an e....