I have been teaching Yoga in Devizes and the surrounding area for 20 years. For twelve of these years, I was a Diploma Course Tutor and assessor for the Level 4 British Wheel of Yoga teacher training course and trained many Yoga teachers across the UK. I ‘retired’ from this role in 2020 and I am now focussed on furthering my understanding and embodiment of Somatic movement practices and exploring how they can support a healthy and sustainable Yoga practice.
I’ve never been very athletic and rarely found myself in the sports teams at school. But I loved to move, and I loved to dance. So, I guess this is what led me to Yoga. Through Yoga I could connect to myself and express myself through movement. Yoga has never been just an exercise form for me, it has been a system of work that simply makes me feel whole.
Back in 2017 I trained in Somatics, and since then my teaching and practice has evolved into what I now call ‘Mindful Somatic Yoga’. I am less concerned with the performance of yoga postures and more interested in guiding my students towards a greater sense of ease and ‘sensing’ in their bodies. I approach all movements and postures from a functional movement point of view, refining movement patterns that will continue to serve us as we age. My Yoga is ‘slow yoga’ where we have plenty of time to pay attention and to really feel something; time to discover a felt sense of who we are; to discover more natural and easeful ways of moving and to move freely in the practice of yoga without using strain or force. We listen to the body; listen to sensation. We learn to integrate the whole body and postures unfold rather than being forced or imposed. It is meditation in movement. I encourage my students to slow down and notice what they notice.
Alongside movement, considerable attention is given to the breath and so we have a synthesis of mind, body and breath.