Originally a classically-trained flautist and music teacher, I first came to Yoga when I moved to Brighton in 2003. As a result of excessive musical practice, I began to suffer with severe back pain, anxiety and disconnect. I turned to yoga to help refine my breathing, restore my posture, and combat stage nerves and anxiety. Yoga became a platform for self-exploration and a safe place to learn to be more kind to myself.
After exploring many “styles” of yoga, I discovered a passion for alignment-based Vinyasa Flow which I often combine with my love of music. Vinyasa yoga allowed me to develop a more loving relationship with my breath after the contrived breathing patterns in my flute practice. It also helped me to find a freedom from the rigidity of the daily grind.
After a particularly difficult time in my life I began to think more seriously about teaching Yoga and sharing my geeky joy for Yoga. Feeling a little lost in life led me all the way to New York to take my first teacher training with OM Yoga School. Since then I’ve worked with many established and influential teachers but it was at my Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Jason Crandell where I really felt I found my voice in yoga. My training in sequencing and anatomy provide the basis for an embodied and holistic practice.
I am deeply grateful to my teachers and students who keep me practicing, questioning, and learning. I’m currently completing my second 500-hour Yoga teacher training in with Vajrasati Yoga here in Brighton and am now offering Hatha Yoga classes throughout Brighton and Hove.
The idea of “Stillness in Motion” is about being honest with your yoga practice. After all it is a practice and not something to be achieved. Yoga shouldn’t be about taking yourself too seriously, forcing or grasping. I want you to leave my classes feeling like it’s your practice, to develop a relationship with yourself and open up to the joy of being embodied and present.
I teach alignment-based Vinyasa yoga in Brighton and Hove, and my classes focus on a strong, slow, deep and flowing sequence of postures energised by a community yoga setting. I believe that the meditation of moving and breathing in Vinyasa flow yoga encourages a feeling of space and rest like no other. I offer Vinyasa flow yoga classes, workshops and 1-2-1 sessions for all levels from absolute beginners to seasoned practitioners.
Using alignment cues and modifications I enable students to listen and respond to their “edges” thus opening the body and calming the mind organically. Meditation, Yoga Nidra and restorative postures feature as a “Yin and Yang” approach to balancing the practice I offer.
I consider myself to be a beginner every time I approach yoga, both on and off the mat. I never take for granted the gift of my practice and approach my teaching and my yoga with humour and the space to be authentic.