A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu
Yoga is a form of guided self-development, designed to help people realise their sense of wholeness, harmony and potential through physical postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, meditation and reflection. It works holistically at all levels of the mind and body.
My teaching style is calming, gentle, and gradual. Encouraging students to develop physical and mental awareness through moving in harmony with their breathing. Progressively, yoga postures gently exercise the body. Muscular tension is reduced and the mind can relax. As the mind relaxes and negative emotions are eliminated, tension subsides. At the end of a session, you will feel physically renewed, mentally refreshed, energised and at peace.
For years, I was a professional dancer. After the birth of my son in 1978, I joined a yoga class and immediately felt the benefits. It was such a wonderful way of keeping my body supple, managing stress and learning how to unwind. That experience inspired me to train with the British Wheel of Yoga and, two years later, I qualified as a teacher.
I have been running yoga classes in Holt, Bodham and Cromer ever since, working with people of all ages and all levels of ability and experience, from absolute beginners to people who have been practising for many years.
One of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve done was teaching at Norwich Prison, helping people with complex health issues to turn their lives around through yoga and meditation. Here were some of the most disadvantaged people in society finding not just solace but inspiration, and discovering a sense of self-worth and a new confidence through their sessions.
I am constantly developing my own practice and teaching in the light of my students’ experiences and feedback. One of the most stimulating aspects of being a yoga teacher is that there is always so much to learn from other teachers and from one’s students. I had the good fortune to develop my practice at Omkaranda Gita Sadan in Rishikesh in northern India and more recently at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in west Wales. I am immensely grateful to all my teachers for their wisdom and expertise.