I first encountered yoga in the early 1980s while training as a classical ballet dancer in New York. Although my entrance into the world of yoga was through the door marked ‘physical’ I realised, when I became a mother of four, that yoga provided—and continues to provide—the necessary energy, focus and clarity I need to support a busy family life.
I have trained in the tradition of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar since 1997, first attending group classes and then studying on a one-to-one basis with Jenny Bullough and more recently with Mike Young. After a two-year foundation with Jenny and also Paul Harvey, I completed the four-year Association for Yoga Studies practitioner programme and the two-year Centre for Yoga Studies Further Studies course, both also with Paul. In 2014, I trained to teach antenatal yoga with Gail Charlton (also of AYS and of Beautiful Birth and Beyond), which is very special for me, as becoming a mother in many ways was the motivation for making yoga part of my daily life. I also attend weekly Vedic chant sessions with Mike to explore the use of sound in yoga. Currently, I am studying Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras in depth with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton, of Sadhana Mala. Learning is a process that never ends!
I have been teaching since 2000 in Herefordshire and Powys, and have led workshops locally at the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit, Hill Cottage Retreats, the Rodd and the Hereford Yoga Festival. Currently, I teach individuals and group classes at my home studio just outside Presteigne, in Stapleton.
My own practice continues to be a vital support and a positive presence in my life. Yoga provides me with ‘svastha’ (self-stability) when everything is in flux; the teachings are like a wise old friend to whom I can always turn for sound advice.