How did you get into yoga?
My first class a Bikram Yoga Class and I fainted from the heat (what an introduction!) so I quickly moved towards vinyasa flow classes. I have never really worked out how I got hooked but since my first class at age 15, I’ve never really been without yoga. I mainly practice vinyasa and yin yoga but love restorative yoga and Ashtanga and want to expand my knowledge of other styles and practices.
Was there a moment when you realised you wanted to pursue yoga seriously?
Yes, about five years before I signed up to my Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga West, I went to the most amazing Flow and Yin class. I remember thinking ‘I wish I could give that to other people’.
How has yoga changed you?
Yoga has fundamentally changed my relationship with my body and my ‘self’. It has taught me how to connect with myself and the world around me. It’s been there through so many of my life changes and has helped me through good times and bad.
What’s your advice to people considering starting yoga?
Stop trying to touch your toes! Nobody cares! I’m joking but on a serious note, try to put down your expectations of what yoga will ‘achieve’ for you and just enjoy it. Go into every class with the intention of getting to know your body a little better.
What is your approach to teaching?
Personal! Every student is an individual and will need different things from the class. I aim to make sequences that can be adapted based on experience and each student’s body. I really like to create classes that are energetic and energizing as well as accessible.
My favourite quote as a yogi:
“Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind” – Patanjali
A little bit unoriginal from me, but this is something I think about every time I practice, as my mind wanders off and I draw it back. That’s my practice.