I have been a Nurse for over 15 years, working in a variety of contexts with patients from all walks of life. I have been practising yoga for 10 years and have been teaching Yoga for 3 years. These experiences have given me a deep understanding of the connection between mind and body for health and wellbeing.
I have long been fascinated by people, and from a young age I felt that my calling was to care for others. At primary school I often visited the nearby residential home to chat and play with the older residents, intrigued by their life stories and changing bodies. As a teenager I took on a job working with adults with learning disabilities, I loved this job. It was a lot of fun, and the experience of communicating with people for whom words were not always available was enlightening. I could however also feel their frustration and pain of not being understood.
I could relate to this feeling of being misunderstood. I felt stuck in a body that I did not know or understand, and was plagued by repetitive thoughts that I didn’t know what to do with. Exercise seemed to help; my mind became stiller as I had something else to focus on. But for it to work the exercise had to be hard and fast paced, I wanted to sweat, to tire myself out, to quiet my mind. On the hunt for different ways to push myself I began to explore different classes: this was how I first came across Yoga. I will be honest and say that I didn’t really get it initially. When I was required to be still in class my mind would wonder and I would start thinking ‘what am I doing here’? But I kept coming back. Something kept bringing me back.
My Yoga practice slowly started becoming a regular part of my life as I attended weekly classes, workshops and retreats; I began to notice the positive effects that Yoga had on my life.
Inspired by my Yoga teachers and my own direct experience I wanted to take my Yoga practice deeper. I Completed my 200-hour Yoga teacher training in 2016 and later went on to complete my 300-hour Yoga teacher training.
Yoga for me now is so much more than just the postures. Yoga gives me space to stop, to breathe, feel, reflect, move, and be. Without the need for words or understanding. With the knowledge that everything changes and that I can turn up just as I am without any masks or expectations
I notice the on going benefits of my daily Yoga and meditation practice and the continued positive impact on my own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
I am enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of Yoga, making Yoga an accessible practice for all and utilising my nursing knowledge and skills to create a safe space to breathe, connect and move.
Let Yoga walk you home.
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