I discovered the Birthlight ethos in 2012 and trained with the inspirational founder Francoise Freedman which was a fantastic revelation when contemplating becoming a mum myself.
I taught and practiced Birthlight Yoga during my own pregnancy, and my beautiful baby girl and myself reaped the wonderful benefits, culminating in a gentle, short, natural water birth.
Complementing this training is my background in Counselling and body centred approaches used to support in health and wellbeing.
These passions are supported by a Masters in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Cambridge (MEd), Yoga Alliance Teacher training (RYS 200), a Birthlight Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Diploma, Baby Yoga and Aqua Yoga qualifications.
My Initiation Into Yoga
My yoga journey began nearly 12 years ago, when Yoga and I fell in love. I was so excited that we found each other, just like many love stories! It settled something in me, and answered questions I didn’t know I had, it was beautiful, gentle and so welcome. We started out on a very bumpy road, at a time where there didn’t seem to be many curbs or signposts in my life. Through the ebb and flow of a deeply challenging time, I took to my yoga mat, like a duck takes to water and embraced it’s power and grace, whilst going through a time of profound transformation. My initiation into yoga wasn’t an unusual one though, it seems many of us find this path whilst significant life events are unfolding and yoga offers itself as a true friend. Very soon my relationship with yoga became a bond connected with love, light and energy, and as I surrendered, I was rewarded with an inner sense of alignment and knowing which helps guide my life.
An Evolving Yoga Journey
Over the years, I have explored, enjoyed and been challenged by many differing approaches to Yoga. A few years into my practice, I began to notice that time and time again, I would return to Hatha Yoga. The teacher has always been central to my yoga experience and I was greatly influenced by Sue Sollinger my first inspirational teacher in Suffolk, UK and James Jewell, through attending his week long teachings in Europe. In 2010, I took the opportunity to travel to India and on this wonderful journey, I delved further into Hatha practises. From glorious weeks of fantastic lengthy deeply meditative yoga sessions in Goa, to embracing the Yogi way of life in the very beautiful Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, I felt the transformational breath of India guide me deeper into my yoga journey. This precious time further confirmed my passion for Hatha Yoga and led me to undertake a Yoga Alliance registered Teacher Training program with Kailash Tribal Yoga, nestled in the Indian Himalayas in McLeod Ganj.
In the spring of 2012 I returned to Cambridgeshire after teaching daily yoga for 6 fulfilling and enriching months in the beautiful Vietnamese beach resort of MuiNe. I established my involvement with the International Charity, Birthlight where my love and passion for working therapeutically with yoga and supporting women and children continues to flourish.
If you would like to chat about what I offer or have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me, I’ll be happy to help.