I was intrigued by yoga and meditation from childhood. It seemed a bit wayout in the 70s, but my lovely and very ordinary seeming grandmother (my Grooner) told me that she had come out of her body in her meditation and she wasn't even the oldest person in her yoga class.
I have been practising yoga for many years. My main teacher has been Debbie at the Om Studio. She has taught me to be humble in my yoga; to feel into it and let the yoga move through me. My own teaching would not be anything like it is without the years I have spent with Debbie at her Om Studio.
When I started yoga teacher training, I really wanted to make yoga more central in my life. I am diligent in growing my skills and knowledge, in my self study and leading classes in a truthful and safe way. But I am really here to share yoga with my classes. So that each of us can find what we need from the yoga practice. We can adapt the classes so we work mindfully, stronger or more restful just as we need to in that moment. It really is not a secret or a mystery. You do not need to be fit or healthy, bendy, look a certain way, or be a certain age. Yoga is something you can start now.
I qualified with the YMCA - that is quite unusual in the yoga world. But it fitted my principles. I so believe that yoga is for everyone and I do realise that we all have to make a living, but the opportunity to train with the YMCA meant that there was no profit-making and my course fees were going to charitable projects, particularly youth activities and training. It is also meant that its anatomical focus perfectly complimented all that Debbie had shared with me about the deeper aspects of yoga.
I have found a genuine love for bringing yoga to those that may not be sure whether it is for them. It is where I feel I need to be working. You will find my Beginner and Returners Yoga classes at the Om Studio small and welcoming . We ease in gently and find a new way to move, learning new skills, developing flexibility and strength, and try different breathing practices. We always finish gently coming to stillness and with a good rest.
I teach the Beginners and Returners class at the Om Studio, I also teach small groups at the Yoga Loft, and larger groups of officer workers in Coventry. I teach to people who describe their yoga as creaky, gym bunnies looking to move differently, and those that move easily but want to go a bit deeper.
I am also in training as a Total Yoga Nidra facilitator - the most in depth training I have seen in the UK for this beautiful and transformative guided meditation practice. I am just starting to develop Deep Rest sessions with meditation, yoga nidra and breathing practices. You can expect to see more details of these offerings soon.
I look forward to welcoming you to a class soon.
In tribute to my beloved Grooner: