I first discovered yoga more than 20 years ago, during a particularly stressful period of my life. One of the first things that yoga taught me was how to let go of ‘urgent’ thoughts, and the tension I’d been holding in my body without even realising. I’d come out of a yoga class feeling rested and refreshed – like you do after a really good night’s sleep. With time I began to notice more often where my breath and body tightened up when I became stressed, or even had a stressful thought.
It was a revelation. I realised that by tuning into my breath and my body’s signals, I could gain some control over how I dealt with stress. Practising yoga and meditation has given me more self-awareness and resilience to cope with life’s challenges. I’ve never looked back.
I’ve had some wonderful, inspiring teachers along the way, and wanted to share some of my learning with others. I began my training in 2004 and qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga teacher in 2007. In 2014 I successfully completed the BWY module for teaching yoga to people with cancer.
Previously, in 2013, I completed level 1 teacher training through Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice (CMRP). I attend regular training workshops by CMRP and other providers to continue developing my teaching skills, including the Inquiry Process, teaching mindfulness one-to-one and mindful self-compassion. Meanwhile I continue to develop my personal mindfulness practice each day and on regular retreats. I deliver mindfulness taster sessions for local organisations such as the East City Children’s Centre, Broadland Housing Association and Marl Pit Community Centre, and courses for Norwich MIND as well as privately. I also run mindfulness and creativity workshops with textile artist Aviva Leigh.