I got into yoga in 2008 ...things weren't going exactly well and a friend of mine at work said to me "Come to yoga with me this week, it might help you?". It was a corporate yoga class, taught by an Iyengar yoga teacher. I discovered I was pretty bendy. But also that I couldn't stay with my own self for a second. I always needed external something to fill my deep void. Back then I was working as a full-time graphic designer in children book publishing. I used to have quite a bit to do with Flower Fairies and Peter Rabbit and his friends...
During that first class, something caught my fleeting attention and at some point I started looking into teacher trainings. I basically knew nothing about yoga, really. I learnt a few poses in that class and based on that I thought it'd be quite a cool thing to do, to teach yoga (poses).
I signed up for my first teacher training in 2012, with Yoga Professionals, in London. Then one day, I was browsing Yogaglo website, and found Tiffany Cruikshank. I remember thinking "I need to meet this woman!". And I did. I went to a workshop in London in 2013 and soon after that I signed up for her 200hrs Yoga Medicine Teacher Training. With her I also studied a few more things in details like the hip, the shoulder, myofascia release and the spine. All very cool. I was quickly becoming an anatomy nerd. And from Flower Fairies and Peter Rabbit, that was quite a jump.
I also studied with Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Gary Carter, Mollie McCelland Morris, Naomi Absalom, Ana Muriel and taken many classes with many other teachers. And in a way they all have contributed in influencing how I teach now. I have always paid attention to small details in life - sometimes I get too carried away by that and I lose the bigger picture ...and to get to the minute details, I believe one needs to slow down. I have slowed down my practice a lot since I started in 2008. I have never practiced fast, really, but lately it's like sloth speed. With lots of tiny details to pay attention to.
My practice is never quite the same: I like variety. I cannot stick to same sequences day in and day out. I crave exploring how I can get in the same pose from a different place, in a different way. I enjoy a playful practice that has a combination of explorative alignments, transitions and mobility work, but that is also fun and not too damn serious. Life can get serious enough. When yoga becomes too serious, I think it loses its magic.
I don't quite label the way I teach. But if you really need to put my style in a box, then vinyasa, or a slow form of it, will do the job ...oh, and I LOOOVE music. Music is a big part of my classes. Creating playlists is one of my favourite Monday morning things to “busy” with - in company of a weak and very milky (not cows milk cos I can't stand it) coffee by my side. I also enjoy enormously to get my hands “dirty” and nose sniffing creating body/massage oils blends. There is something so powerfully meditative when I immerse myself into this. One day I decided to share these creations with the world - my closest friends - who gave them to their friends and relatives who spread to news to even more people. I also use them in class sometimes to give people a upper back/neck/head massage and often the question is “what’s the oil? It smells sooo good!”. So, I have been selling them. And they have been selling real good. They aren’t here on the website yet (just because I am a lazy cows sometimes to get things done…) so if you are interested in receiving a FREE SAMPLE, please get in touch using the contact page.
I don't know what's in the pot next. A student once told me "It's been so interesting to see and be part of your journey. When you started, you were a completely different teacher. I always wonder how you are going to surprise me next". I loved that. That is one of the best things I have ever been told as a teacher that strives for continued learning and progress of herself and her teaching. Thank you for letting me be ME.
A very special thanks to those who are constantly helping me and holding space for me to elevate my soul, free my voice and follow my desires. I hope you know how much you matter to me and how much you have helped.