I started practicing Yoga in my early 20’s, I would attend the odd class at my local gym, dipping in and out of fitness for years. I took things a little more seriously as I approached my 30th birthday. I started to focus on what I was putting into my body, which was too much junk food, way too much alcohol and lots of cigarettes. I needed to drastically improve my lifestyle. I was suffering from some major digestive discomfort on a daily basis and had already had all the tests to rule out anything serious. Once I realised that I felt so rubbish because I was abusing my body and taking very little care of it, I started to change everything.
So I joined the gym again and I started getting fitter and healthier. Fast forward 9 months or so to my 30th birthday, I’m on holiday in Egypt with my then boyfriend soaking up the sun and I look like a pin head, I’ve gone too far and am way too skinny for my frame. I felt amazing but I was also pretty miserable. I worked out 6 days a week at 6am, ate no more than 1200 calories a day and only bought wine in miniature bottles so that I couldn’t drink any more than a glass. I came back from that holiday realising that my relationship of 7 years was over, I kicked him out and decided to move 30 miles down the road to the beach! (as you do!)
It was the best decision I have ever made. I moved closer to the sea which has always been somewhere I feel calm. I started practising yoga regularly, running on the beach, eating good food, drinking plenty of wine, not worrying about what the scales said and just enjoying feeling good INSIDE and out for a change.
That was 4 years ago and I’ve been a devoted Yogi ever since. I don’t have a rigid morning practice or an hour a day where I am on my mat but I always come back to Yoga when life gets tough, when my Dad died, when work got too much, when I needed space, a breather from life…. It’s now my constant, my source of calm and something I need to keep the crazy at bay 😉
I decided to do my Yoga Teacher Training mostly for me, to see what depth I could take my practice to but also with a view to teaching one day. I finally qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher at the end of 2018 with the British School of Yoga. I planned to start teaching free classes pretty much straight away (well, after our big fat NYE wedding) but was absolutely delighted to find out I was pregnant in February 2019 so everything took a little back step while I grew a human!
Now I’m back! I’ve found a studio to hire, set up the obligatory Facebook page and will be teaching a regular FREE class on a Sunday morning in Southbourne, Dorset from April 2020.
Aimed at first timers and particularly anyone who has never tried yoga. Very much focused on making Yoga accessible, welcoming, less intimidating and beneficial to everybody and anybody (and not just the super bendy I promise!).
You can read more about my Yoga journey HERE – I wrote a few articles for an online Yoga Magazine before wedding planning took over my life!
Find more details about my upcoming classes on Facebook HERE
Or if you prefer Instagram shenanigans pop over HERE.
Once we have our little one in some sort of routine I will increase my teaching schedule and also hope to complete my Pre & Post Natal Teacher Training next year as well as becoming a certified Personal Trainer (but I can do all of that with a newborn right?)
More information on my social media accounts for now (see above).