I have had an exciting and varied life indeed. I was a soldier for 22 years, I’ve worked in telecommunications companies, run charities, worked as a Sports Massage Therapist, and taught Sports and Fitness Therapies in my own company and in FE college. I have always been physically active loving mountaineering and rock climbing in my younger days – now more accurately referred to as ‘walking in the hills’. I have a black belt in Aikido, I play badminton each week, and of course I attend yoga classes.
Throughout all of this I have maintained an underlying foundation of spirituality and self-study which has always been supported by the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit on the way. Yogic and Taoist philosophy and meditation has been with me for many years and have sustained me and nurtured me through many experiences.
I discovered viniyoga in the 1990’s and studied with Paul Harvey for a number of years. I now work and study with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton who are amongst the most inspirational viniyoga teachers in the country. I have also continued to grow my knowledge through courses in the Hanna Somatics approach to movement therapy and through my ongoing study of Fascia and how it effects movement and health with such teachers as Thomas Myers. The other major influence on my approach is from the highly original and inspirational work of John Stirk with whom I’ve had the good fortune to study. I am also currently 2 years through a 4 year deep study programme in the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali – the Heart philosophy text of yoga.
My eclectic background of a fit and active life built on deeply spiritual foundations, coupled with the depth of knowledge around the human body and how it moves that I’ve aquired as a sports massage therapist and teacher, and through my studies of yoga with my excellent teachers over the years, allows me to offer a uniquely powerful but sensitive deep yoga practice. It also gives me a deep of base of experiences from which I can offer teaching of meditation.
My initial training as a Yoga Practitioner (Yoga Teacher and Therapist) in the viniyoga tradition was 1,000 hours in length – I am a yoga teacher having completed the Sadhana Mala 500 hour teacher training programme and I am a Yoga Therapist having completed the Sadhana Mala 500 hour Yoga Therapy programme. I am trained in the application of somatics in movement therapy, I am a meditation teacher and I am qualified in Sports and Remedial Massage. I am a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), registered with the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, and I am registered as a Practitioner with the Association for Yoga Studies (aYs).