I have been practising Yoga for over 12 years and qualified as a teacher with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy in Reith, Austria (www.sivananda.at) in 2010 and as a Yoga Therapist with The Minded Institute in 2014.
After my very first Yoga class, I experienced a sense of calm and relaxation, combined with a vibrant energy. I knew that I had found something special that would accompany me throughout my life.
The Sivananda Teacher Training programme was established in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevananda and is based on the traditional Indian Gurukula system of teaching, where the student both lives and studies with their teachers. As well as training in all aspects of Yoga, students are immersed in and commit themselves to a yogic lifestyle. In Reith, I studied with some of the senior students of Swami Vishnudevananda.
As a complement to this very experiential training, I undertook a 500-hour training with Heather Mason at The Minded Institute to become a Yoga Therapist, specialising in mental health issues. The training integrates the traditional wisdom of the ancient tradition of yoga with cutting-edge scientific knowledge and research, on how yoga and mindfulness can combine with psychotherapeutic techniques to treat the whole individual. Since qualifying, I have become a supervisor to students on the subsequent 500-hour trainings.
Alongside Yoga, I manage an arts & cultural marketing consultancy (www.thecogency.com). This aspect of my life enables me to understand the challenges of life in this wonderful, but often stressful city, juggling work, home and social life. My daily Yoga practice provides a counter-balance, bringing stillness into the heart of a busy world. I am currently developing a workplace Yoga for Stress Management course to be delivered in companies and organisations.
I am committed to continuing professional development and regularly attend workshops, seminars and retreats to deepen my understanding of Yoga and bring that learning to my teaching. I am also the holder of an MA in Yoga & Meditation Traditions (Distinction) from SOAS University of London.
I am passionate about the benefits that Yoga can bring to everyone. I look forward to meeting you at a class or workshop soon and sharing my experience of Yoga.