< Go Back A Little Bit About Me
So, a little bit about me! I grew up in a household where headstands were pretty much part of our Christmas tradition demonstrated from my yogi mum, surrounded by laughing, clapping and dancing, which made me want to turn my world upside down. These little memories spark that inner smile in me that I still feel when I stand on my mat or on my head, so I'll explain a little more. My beautiful mum, Edna, who by the way is my yoga inspiration, was always cheered and encouraged to perform this party trick in our hall towards the end of the evenings celebrations by my dad and whoever else was about. Mum had spent a lot of her childhood in India and had practiced yoga on and off and without fail every time she was able to balance upside down with perfection in fact she still has a headstand to envy to this day. These are my earliest and happiest memories of yoga.
I followed my childhood dream of becoming a dancer and studied at Italia Conti in London and went on to travel and perform worldwide. Through a family loss I returned to Southport and set up a dance school and continued to adventure around the world. Here I rekindled my love with yoga, I have to admit I always thought yoga would be a bit slow and easy, especially with my dance background. Well I can tell you how wrong I was, YOGA IS NOT EASY! But it sparked something deep in me, I felt calmer, happier and I didn't feel judged or competitive (years of dancing made this the natural feeling), but I felt that passion and release, and discovered the power of losing my mind in the meditative movements. I wanted to explore and try more so I practised bikram in New York, vinyasa in Thailand, Hatha in France, Ayenga in India and even Acro in Cambodia. I studied and took my children's yoga teacher training and then amazingly when I was home a new hot yoga studio had opened called Yoga Euphoria. Mum and I jumped at the chance to sign up and we were hooked. I can actually remember looking around the studio thinking what a blissful beautiful place to teach and how one day I'd love to do the same.
How Yoga Saved Me
Unfortunately, my world then got completely turned upside down and the ground really did feel as though it had disappeared from underneath me when my family and I were faced with the sudden loss of my dad. To be honest everything was a blur around that time but that little routine where we'd get up, go to class, roll my mat out and get lost in the silence for that hour was still there, where I could just let go both physically, mentally and emotionally. It's funny how life works, and I truly believe opportunities, people and places come to you when they are most needed. My little brother had been offered a contract to coach football in India, at the time he was very reluctant to go as it was only a few weeks after dad, but with some encouragement he took it. Within weeks we'd booked tickets and we were visiting whenever we could. My love for India and yoga grew. It was during a visit where I met a beautiful lady at a local yoga studio, we chatted and chatted about her free life of travel and teaching yoga and then she asked me why I didn't teach yoga? I couldn't answer her, so I thought why not? I actually could! My passion for dance had left me and even though I was part-running a successful dance school with fabulously talented kids my heart wasn't in it. So, I came home, did some research and then turned to my mum and said Hey do you fancy coming to Rishikesh to train as a yoga instructor? My 60-year-old mum got to booking visas and tickets straight away!
Fast forward 6yrs on with the most amazing experiences of travel, adventure love and laughter behind me and butterfly tummy tickling opportunities in front of me. I am teaching 20 classes a week and blessed to be surrounded by enthusiastic people and in the most gorgeous heart-warming studios, one being the very place my passion was sparked. Yoga euphoria!
Yoga reminds me of the happy times and has saved me in the dark times. It has relit my creative flame and put passion back in me. After all it's just yoga and for you it may or may not work but for me yoga is my little piece of magic.