Your body is your hOMe
...be in union with it.
Om Bodies Classes
Bringing together a background in psychology and neuroscience, I am drawn to a practice of yoga that's pretty close to the traditional Ashtanga style. In Ashtanga yogis practice a set sequence of asana - poses - after sun salutations, holding each for five breaths. By gaining familiarity with the poses in the sequence, and finding stillness in each asana, allows one to focus instead on changes in the mind and body, deepening the practice and increasing complexity of poses with experience over time. You are your own experiment in yoga!
I'm fascinated by the impact of the breath on the body and the impact on our neurobiology and the nervous system - so important in modern city life.
As an early primary teacher, I aim to create an accepting, supportive and warm environment, with a healthy dose of humour, where yogis young and old can continue to grow.
I lead classes for adults, children, babies (and parents), in community venues, schools and for charities in London.
My yoga journey
Like most people, I came to yoga for the fitness benefits, practising home with DVDs in 2003, and later to complement my marathon running habit. I was vaguely aware that I felt a certain sense of whole-body calm and clarity after yoga, but I didn't go to an actual yoga class until a holiday in Bali in 2015.
In true 'Eat, Pray, Love' style, by that time I was working as a nanny in Melbourne, having come to the end of a contract as a post-doctoral research psychologist at UCL, and emotionally burnt-out after the drawn-out breakdown of an 8 year relationship and a bereavement in the space of two years, I had vague thoughts of one day completing a yoga teacher training.
Four years later, and a primary school teacher in South London, I began her 200YTT with YogaLondon. It quickly became clear this wasn't just about deepening my practice. Having seen the benefits yoga brought to me and to children (hi, Jayce!), I began teaching under the guise of Om Bodies, at venues Greenwich and Crystal Palace.
When not practising Yoga I enjoy running along the Thames Path, reading five books on rotation, and am self-confessed cocktail and coffee snob.