I’m 31 years old and live in London with my beloved Craig, whom I married in Feb 2017 whilst we were living in Sri Lanka.
We met at Sussex university studying for a BA in anthropology. I have always been fascinating by the world’s myriad health and healing practices and went on to study for and MSc in medical anthropology at UCL, London. After my self-healing experiences with yoga, I went onto study yoga teaching and therapy in India following 10 years working in NHS primary health care and research.
Navigating western and eastern paradigms of health and medicine inspires me to write, paint and help others with the principles and practices that have helped, and continue to help, me heal and thrive. For me, sharing yoga, art, creative writing, and philosophical ponderings are the most satisfying ways to make meaning in the world of chaos known as “wellbeing”.
My Yogic Journey
I qualified as a multi-style yoga instructor in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dharamshala, India. Whilst living and teaching yoga in Sri Lanka for 18 months, I returned to India to complete an advanced teacher training focused in yoga therapy, this time in the Southern city of Chennai.
Combining a practical background in healthcare, academic study and interest in diverse cultural medical paradigms and my own personal healing experiences I passionately believe yoga to be a supreme path to healing and self-fulfilment. As a teacher with an therapeutic orientation, I endeavour to assist in each individual person’s journey to find what they need from yoga, and help them use their yoga practice to flow more smoothly with the world around them.
Nowadays there are so many different styles, forms and aspects of yoga, and I love to explore this diversity to creatively offer classes that suit individual physiological needs as well as the energy of the group. My classes offer enjoyable challenges, as well as the chance to relax the bodymind and restore the universal connection.
I believe that every body, every mind, and everyone can benefit from yoga, they just have to find out how to make it work for them. Without worrying about how an asana (posture), pranayama (breathing control), meditation technique and even lifestyle choice “should” be done, I encourage each person to find the teacher and healer within themselves.
300 hours yoga therapy at Dr. Asana Andiappan College of Yoga, Chennai, India
200 hours multi-style teacher training at Mahi Power Yoga School, Dharamshala, India
MSc Medical Anthropology at University College London
BA Anthropology at The University of Sussex
Yoga is believed to help so many ailments; physical, psychological and spiritual.
A brief list includes:
- Strength, flexibility and balance
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Digestive disorders
- Muscular-skeletal and joint problems
- Back and neck pain
- Asthma, allergies and insomnia
- Menstrual problems
- Genetic disorder and chronic illnesses
- Acceptance and integration
- Focus and concentration
- Connecting with your body
- Connecting with the world
- Being at ease with the present moment
“if you are not a myth whose reality are you? If you are not a reality whose myth are you?”
― Sun Ra, Prophetika Book One