From the crag to the mat

My first yoga experience was as a teenager and, like many, I came to yoga initially from an exercise perspective. I have been a rock climber for years and my yoga practice has become invaluable both mentally and physically. Not only does it help to balance my body, it also helps me to connect with my breath and find more flow in my movement on the rock.

It’s important for yoga to be practiced in a supportive, non-judgmental and fun space. Yoga is about connecting, taking time to breathe consciously, moving the body in a compassionate way and meeting oneself directly through gentle challenge. I truly believe that yoga is an internal experience; it doesn’t need to look a certain way on the outside!

In January 2015 I did my 200hr multi-style Teacher Training in India at Trimurti Yoga School and what an amazing experience it was: hard work, a big learning curve and truly transformative. Having taught classes in the UK for most of that year, in early 2016 I returned to India to learn the Vipassana meditation technique and to work as an intern at Trimurti. Both fantastic, valuable experiences that have given me more tools to bring to life on and off the mat. During my time teaching I have also taken part in very informative workshops from expert teachers such as David Swenson and Phillipa Asher.

I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Although I do not work in these capacities, it greatly informs my practice and my teaching.