- BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage, NLSSM
- Member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA) http://www.thesma.org/Sys/PublicProfile/27534860/1132910
- British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma
- Advanced Yoga Sports CoachTM and Head of Tutoring with Yoga Sports Science®
- Yoga and Anatomy Series, Natural Bodies
- First Aid qualified and fully insured
My journey began in my 20s, when I quickly realised the tremendous benefits of yoga to both body and mind. Ever since, yoga has remained a true constant, helping me through all manner of changes and challenges in my life. From the moment I began on the path to teach, it became a true passion for me: I believe that we all have the ability to change our lives for the better, and it is my experience that once established on the path of yoga, an individual rarely leaves.
I qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma in 2006 and have undertaken continuous further study since then, beginning with the Yoga and Anatomy Series with Gary Carter which gave me an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles governing safe, effective and progressive yoga teaching and practice, and the ability to coach individuals on a 1:1 basis in both yoga and corrective posture work. For 4 years, I juggled teaching with a full-time career in operations and project management in the publishing world, finally leaving corporate life in 2008.
In 2011, I qualified as a Yoga Sports Coach® with Yoga Sports Science®, integrating yoga into performance training. In November 2012, I was invited to Guernsey to run sessions for both coaches and athletes as part of Guernsey Sport Commission’s first Coaches’ Conference week, for all sports at all levels on the island, including athletics, swimming, fencing, football, volleyball, netball and many more: for an example of part of a session, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25EeB5UpO10. I continue to work with athletes at all levels and since December 2012, I have been Course Manager and now Senior Tutor for YSS, bringing the next generations of coaches through to graduation and into the world of sport, and have been awarded Advanced Yoga Sports Coach status. For more information, click here.
Closely linked to my work with athletes, I have taught Musical Theatre postgraduate students at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, supporting the dancing/acting/singing curriculum with a holistic approach to anatomy and movement work, the prevention of injury, lifestyle management and the control of nerves. For more details of this aspect of my work, please click here.
I have been a Tutor for YSS since 2013 and I am now Head of Tutoring, leading a team coaching and mentoring the next generation of Yoga Sports CoachesTM to deliver cutting-edge practice to make a real difference in sport. This is immensely rewarding work.
For my own personal yoga practice, I am coached 1:1 by Gary Carter to address postural problems associated with many years of computer work, driving and the general stresses of life. This has corrected and refined my posture and movement, giving me a degree of freedom in my body which I never imagined was possible and which has been and continues to be nothing short of life-changing. An ongoing process, it has inspired me to specialise in postural analysis and structural fitness in my own work, to help change others’ lives for the better.
The experience of my training and my professional practice in movement work has lead me to look more deeply into the body, resulting in my most recent training in sports and remedial soft tissue therapy. I believe that the combination of manual therapy and movement work is bringing a whole new dimension to my work, and this has now become my new passion. In addition to my own thriving clinic, I am also now an Assistant Tutor at the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM). For details of my practice, please click here.