My Yoga journey began back when I was about 15. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in my knee and as a result was very limited to the physical activities I could get involved in. I had never really been into sports to be honest and felt it a little bit of a Saving Grace that I could no longer take part in the hockey and cross-country sessions that I so deeply loathed. Then one of the sport coaches, in an attempt to keep me active, recommended I try Yoga: low impact, I could rebuild the muscle I had lost as well as keeping my body strong. There was a class twice a week that was held in my school canteen and was only open for Sixth Formers. I was an exception, along with a friend of mine who suffers from Scoliosis. So off we went to this Yoga class.
I’m not really sure what we were expecting. I imagine we had come preconceived idea of what Yoga was like and we just kept thinking ‘oh no we can’t do this… we’re not flexible!?’ Little did I know that I was going to completely fall in love with it.
My relationship with Yoga was very much on-again, off-again. I struggled to find classes I liked, they were either not inspiring, too slow, too fast-paced – the list goes on. I deciding to just practise by myself in the comfort of my mother’s kitchen. I found myself OBSESSED with Yoga With Adriene and ended up just practising with her Youtube Videos. (I will admit that I did go to class every now and again.)
It was only when I was about 18 that I really got back into Yoga. I was stuck in a rut about what to do with my life. To go to University? To travel? I had no idea and ended up working in a coffee shop for a year after finishing my A-Levels. After a while it was clear my parents were getting fed-up of me being a home with no idea of where or what I was going to do next. It was then that we talked about Yoga and doing a course. It was something I had done a bit of research on and something that I was thinking about doing but not for a few years. After talking with my parents, I decided having another look would be a good idea.
In September 2016 at the age of 19 I was on a plane to Goa, India. My first trip out of Europe by myself. There, I completed my 200hrs of Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga at Abhinam Yoga School under the instruction of Yog Namito – who studied under both B.K.S Iyengar and Pattahbi Jois. (Read this to learn more about Ashtanga)
I am now living in Bristol (South West of England) working and training under Ann-See Yeoh at My YOGA Space and My Kind of Yoga™
I’ve always believed that Yoga is for everybody and every-BODY. I believe it’s about finding a balance, not only within our bodies but within our lives as well. Yoga is a way of life and something I truly believe in and bring to my practise. Yoga is on and off the matt, movin’ and groovin’ to what your body can do, and what you want to do.
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