Being raised as a Quaker (a non-hierarchical and inclusive tradition) has influenced my approach to yoga. As has my training and practice as a social worker with the focus on empowerment and facilitating change. When I was younger, I thrived as a Sivananda yogi, and I loved my teacher training with Universal Yoga (Charlotta Martinus and Becky Abaya) in 2017 (https://universalyoga.co.uk/). As my body has aged and I developed arthritis, I wanted to move away from more linear-forms of yoga. I made a shift towards a more functional form of yoga practice, and my learning was supported by the accessible and innovative approach of Biomechanist Katy Bowman (link).

As a teacher, I am passionate about reflecting my values of empowerment and promoting self-awareness within my classes. A three-year (500 hours) Level 2 teacher training with the inspirational Julie Martin (https://www.brahmaniyoga.com) helped me to integrate insights about anatomy, natural movement, range of motion, and integrated stability into my practice and teaching. Julie’s unique and innovative approach continues to be a big influence, and I recently completed her first Sacred Dance Teacher Training in 2022. I look forward to exploring ways to share this ‘movement medicine’ with my students. In 2018 I completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with renowned teacher Adelene Cheong (https://www.adelenecheong.com) and I am a Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher.