"There's life in the old downward dog yet!"
It would be fair to say that I am not in the first flush of youth, so if you are looking for a young pretzel teacher then look away now as I am more of an old squishy dough ball! I believe that yoga is for EVERYONE and the people who say "I am too old, too inflexible, too over weight etc to do yoga" are exactly the kind of people who should be getting on the mat! Yoga is not about tying yourself in knots and looking good on Instagram - it is about caring for your body and your mind so that you are able to be happy and live the best possible life! My approach to classes is gentle, fun and relaxing!
How I got to train to be a yoga teacher!
Yoga has been on my radar since I was about 11 when I watched Richard Hittleman’s Yoga for Health on the telly. I was so inspired that I set up yoga classes for all the other kids in the street on my parents' front lawn! I don’t think they lasted very long but the practice sowed a little seed in my consciousness that has been with me ever since.
My next brush with yoga was on, what my husband calls, “my hippy drama degree”. We did all sorts of weird and wonderful things in the name of “total theatre” (one rather gruesome session involved real bulls' eyes!) and yoga was one of the tools that we used to “centre” ourselves. My memories of that time are mixed – from an amazing session on a deserted beach in Cornwall with our drama group to an overweight tutor who would often wear very small loose shorts that really did let it all hang out!
Perhaps that is why it took another 20 or so years before I came back to yoga (!!) which I have now been enjoying since 2004. However various changes in my personal life in the last year prompted me to start digging a bit deeper with my yoga practice and to look at the option of teaching. I’ve done a fair amount of teaching in a variety of areas over the years – from English and Drama in secondary schools back in my 20’s to event management at a local FE college to, most recently, teaching IT to silver surfers.
After hours of reading, information requests and deliberation I finally opted for a level 3 Diploma course with the YMCA. This is a fully credited blended learning course that includes online tutorials for the theory modules (health fitness practice, anatomy and physiology).
After a pretty intensive but amazing practical course in London I was thrilled to pass my practical exam at the end of March this year. Although I still have to sit my anatomy exams later in the spring I am now qualified (and fully insured to teach yoga).
So this is where you find me at the launch of Yogavision at the end of April 2018. It has been an amazing journey so far and I can't wait to see what the future holds! I hope you will join me on this journey as I show that there is life in the old downward dog yet!