Originally from an Art and Design background, I spent many years immersed in the world of art and philosophy, eventually obtaining my Ph.D in 2002. During this time yoga was always in the back of my mind as something I wanted to ‘do’ someday. Having suffered for years with a dislocation of the shoulder joint I was fearful of most forms of exercise but recognised that the limited range of shoulder movement, stiffness and pain I experienced on a daily basis was not going to get any better on its own. I knew I needed to do something! So when 10 years ago amidst work, babies and small children I noticed a local class I had to give it a go. Immediately my aches and pains and general lopsidedness improved and I felt a deep sense of calm. There was no turning back and 6 years later I embarked on both an Intensive Training Course in the sensory based movement practice of Nia and a BWYQ Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
Now rather than someting I ‘do’, yoga and Nia are how I live and I cannot imagine a time without then. I believe that the practices of yoga and Nia are for everybody, whatever age, condition or ability. Yoga and Nia have given me so much more that just relief of shoulder pain and stiffness. They have given me tools to bring more balance, flexibility, strength and peace to my body, mind and emotions. I believe therefore that every person can live a healthy and meaningful life by enaging their senses, listening to their body, and moving every day in a mindful and meaningful way.
In 2017 I also qualified as a Somatics Exercise Coach studying with Lisa Peterson and I bring the skills of somatic into much of my work.