My Yoga Journey
I first started going to regular yoga classes around 2002 when pregnant with my first child. Over the next 12 years, and 4 children later, my practise ebbed and flowed as my family grew – there was lots more pregnancy yoga, more postnatal yoga, restorative yoga…a little meditation here and there… At times I was so tired I even went to class just to lie on my mat!
Practicing yoga does not eliminate life’s challenges, and neither does it provide us with a convenient trap-door to escape from life’s distractions. Instead, Yoga gives us the skills to meet life head-on with dignity and poise.
It was in 2014, after the birth of my 4th child that something in me shifted and my yoga journey really began. – A few huge life events combined with bringing up a young family & postnatal recovery had left me running on empty – I was worn out & needed to find something that could nourish and support me so that I could nourish and support my family – some serious self-care was in order! I started small – weekly post-natal classes and a local community class – and I could bring my baby along to both classes. I started to get stronger – both physically and mentally. Yoga really was a life-line for me. It was at this time I was introduced to both Forrest and Yin yoga and what started as weekly classes soon turned into daily practices. Yoga offered me a whole toolbox for coping with life.
I took my 200-hour teacher training with Seasonal Yoga Academy in Glasgow in 2017 under the guidance of Julie Hanson. Since then I have undertaken further training in Yin Yoga with Norman Blair, Sarah Lo and Paul Grilley (over 100 hours so far), Forrest Yoga, and Yoga Nidra as well as mindfulness meditation with Michael Stone Teachings.
Yoga will always be with me and for that I am very grateful – especially to all the teachers who have helped me on my journey. It really is a lifetime practice that I feel I have only just begun to scratch the surface of – there is always another layer! Lockdown in 2020/2021 and the emergence of ZOOM has allowed me to explore the practice deeply – allowing me to study with teachers all around the world. Pretty amazing really. I’m excited to know where this journey will take me next and to share this knowledge with you all..