A little about me…
I’m originally from the lovely Yorkshire town of Halifax, yet my sense of adventure and child-like curiosity has taken me far and wide which has in turn brought me to the path of Yoga. In day to day life, I’m a busy mum of 2 gorgeous boys (who keep me on my toes). I’m married to my best friend, and I’m a family girl through and through.
A little about my teaching…
I’ve been teaching Yoga for over 10 years, and trust me I’ll be teaching into my old age. For me teaching is an honour and a joy. Everyone has their own unique reasons for finding yoga. It tends to come to you in life when it’s most needed. As we practice together, my teachings may bring you some joy, some physical benefit, some mental clarity, some self-care… whatever it brings, it’s an honour and privilege for me to be able to create the safe space for this to happen.
At the heart of our teacher-student relationship is trust.
It’s this trust that allows progression in your practice. I thank you for that trust.
In the background, I too am a student of Yoga. My learning journey is one of quality and authenticity at its foundation. In 2011 I qualified with 200hrs from the Yoga Alliance – this was a springboard for many more qualifications since. I’ve been personally trained by globally-renowned Paul Dallaghan at his specialist academy at Samahita, Thailand. Paul was one of the very few to be personally trained by Sri Pattabhi Jois (one of the masters of Yoga). The quality of my training has formed the foundation of how I teach my students today.
With a little delly sparkle added of course!
A little about my style…
The relationship between student and teacher is such a precious one and can be hard to come by. My style of teaching ensures that when you practice with me you feel warm, welcomed, and comfortable enough to be completely yourself.
There’s no pretence, no expectations, no shoulds – you are welcome just as you are. You’ll find I’m a real, down to earth Yorkshire gal. As we go through lifes ups, downs and all the in-betweens, we use Yoga to go with the flow of what arises. I’m not what you see in the media when Yoga is portrayed as a stick-thin girl with her legs wrapped around her head! With me you’ll get a realness, with all my perfect imperfections, curves and wobbly bits!
My role as your teacher is to celebrate the realness of you and create a safe space in which you can develop your own unique practice.
All sessions with me are meditative in their style.
What does this mean you may ask? Well, you may have experienced a yoga class which is very ‘instructional’ with a show and tell approach and lots of demonstrations.
My teachings are quite different from this and instead aim to take you on a journey within.
Through breath practices (pranayama) and movements with awareness, your practice becomes meditative. I find this style brings a huge amount of insight, which in turn becomes useful and can be utilised to improve your lifestyle and wellbeing. It’s also deeply nourishing, to enjoy your full meditative practice without distraction.
This traditional style of Yoga brings balance in the body, mind and emotions.
When you practice with me you’ll find that Hatha is the basis of most of the sessions, and reaches many aspects of body, mind and soul.
Your reason for coming to Yoga will be unique to you, and so the practice will wrap around your needs whether that’s physical, mental or emotional. Each Hatha practice is ‘holistic’ which means that your whole body will receive new energy, as will your mind, emotions and breath. You can expect to gain balance within (like pressing the internal reset button) through a combination of breathwork (pranayama), poses (asana) and a relaxation to close.
The Hatha path allows me as a teacher to offer many modifications to the traditional poses, which in turn makes this class suitable for complete beginners through to advanced students.
Yin is a deeply restorative Yoga practice which centres on letting go of tightness, tensions and stuck emotions within the body. It’s predominantly floor based involving long deep holds to access deeper layers (ligaments, tendons, surrounding fascia) within your body.
The benefit of long deep holds is that we can start to access a deeper range of movement. Our ligaments and tendons generally don’t get much action and can be tricky to influence and so Yin prevents tightness and improving movement.
Expect a wonderful Yin afterglow, which in turn promotes a deep sense of wellbeing. Oh and did I mention we always end with a deep relaxation ahhhhhh.
Yin is suitable for all abilities. Bring along props from your home – a cushion or pillow, a blanket, to aid the letting go within the poses.
Hypno Yoga for Birth
Enjoy Pregnancy Yoga and Hypnobirthing practices, tools and techniques to support you through your pregnancy through to birth. Through poses (asana), breathing techniques and visualisations you’ll learn how to soothe your changing body and prepare for your birth.
You can enjoy these sessions from 14wks right up to giving birth.
As a mum of 2 boys I’ve used these techniques with my own pregnancies and births – with wonderful results! After training and qualifying in this area, I’ve been teaching Pregnancy Yoga to mums-to-be for 10 years and it’s an honour to be a part of your pregnancy and birth journey.
On a practical level Pregnancy Yoga soothes your body (eases pelvic pain or a niggling back) settles your mind (worries or fear about your changing body or birth itself) and teaches incredibly useful breathing techniques. Check out the recordings within the shop.
Yoga for a Purpose
You may have noticed that within the site, I’ve broken down the practices further.
Follow these if you’d like a short-cut route into the type of practices that you’re looking for.