I fell in love with Yoga the first time I tried it. (February 2009) The setting was perfect, the top floor of house in Guatemala overlooking the ocean. The class was intense and very hard!! Definitely not a class for a complete beginner like myself. But I see now it needed to be like that. Watching the teacher demonstrating handstands with her toes pointing back touching the top of her head like a scorpion blew me away!! Before that I thought yoga was boring, far from it!!!
I never thought wow I want to be able to do that pose, but seeing how far you can progress in yoga, that it’s a never-ending journey, set me on the path. I left that class exhausted but feeling amazing. My body had opened so much and I could actually breathe. It was nothing like any other form of exercise I had experienced before. I was hooked!
I came back to London and searched out my yoga teacher, trying different teachers until I found Corrie Preece at my local gym. I was never one of those students that went to class once a week, I was all or nothing. I gave up all other exercise and just stuck with yoga. Nothing else shook my body the way yoga did. I felt so good after class, like something inside of me had woken up. It was much later that I realised it was the spiritual benefits of yoga that I was experiencing. Yoga balances the body physically through aligning the body correctly and allowing the energy to flow, but also spiritually by opening up your chakras (energy vortex’s). Yoga also heals and detox’s the body through the different positions you get into, squeezing out the abdominal organs in a twist, or relieving back pain through lengthening the spine in downward facing dog.
Yoga changed my life and I was searching for that freedom I felt from my practice more and more. I got myself a bicycle and used that to commute to work. I felt exhilarated and refreshed every day. I started to seek out more meaningful experiences from life and took myself travelling to Latin America. It was in Latin America I realised I wanted to take my yoga practice further, so I headed over to India to take an intensive yoga teacher training course, heading back home via a few months in Thailand. Those months were amazing, practicing yoga twice a day most days and being surrounded by like minded people going through similar experiences to me.
I settled back in London in April 2012 and took on a Revenue Analyst role as a 6 month maternity cover. Towards the end of my contract they restructured the company and said I would need to re-apply for my role and go through the interview process. I just couldn't sit there in an interview and tell them how perfect I would be for the job that I dreaded going into every day. The only thing I looked forward to each day was my morning cycle to Triyoga Soho and my Ashtanga Mysore practice.
So I quit....and decided to take on a part-time 3 days a week Finance job and build up my teaching on the side. This new perfect job appeared within a week, and at the same time I had 2 new yoga classes. Very quickly I had more and more classes and was working 6 days a week, cycling to all my clients across London. After 1 year I gave up that job and took on 2 smaller jobs which meant I only did office work 1.5 days a week and taught for the rest. Since 2016 I have been teaching yoga full time. Following my passion has been the best thing I ever did and now I am able to share my love of yoga with all of you.
I was working full time in a high pressured office job and studying for my accountancy qualifications in the evenings and weekends. I loved my job and enjoyed studying, but when my social life had to step aside for me to focus I discovered yoga, which gave me the space, clarity and a sense of inner peace I so clearly needed.
After qualifying, I decided to take some time out from my career and see the world. During my travels I undertook an intensive yoga teacher training course in India. This experience changed my attitude to my career and it accountancy no longer held the same interest to me. Over time I have transitioned from full time accountancy to virtually full time yoga teaching.
Having worked with many organisations from young, fun, media companies to money hungry city firms, I know how yoga can calm and centre you after a long hard day at work.
Through breath and movement yoga can give you space between office life and YOUR LIFE!