I took my first yoga class at a local gym almost twelve years ago, and for several years, I practiced Hatha and Sivananda yoga to help balance the stresses of graduate school. In 2008, I moved from Cambridge, England to London, where I discovered dynamic vinyasa and power yoga.
I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training under the guidance of Stewart Gilchrist, who remains one of my mentors and teachers. I am also qualified to teach Ashtanga Primary Series (with David Swenson), and completed training in adapting vinyasa yoga for pre- and post-natal women. I am immensely grateful to all of my mentors and teachers: Stewart Gilchrist (Yogasana), Sri Sheshadri, Richard Freeman, and David Swenson (Ashtanga vinyasa), Alaric Newcombe (Iyengar), and Mark Kan (Dharma Mittra). I will be beginning my advanced (500-hour) teacher training with Jason Crandell in the autumn of 2017.
I teach physically and intellectually challenging vinyasa yoga classes that place primacy on building a steady, strong ujjayi breath. I love it when people breathe deep, try new things, smile, and sweat profusely. I also strongly believe in the importance of taking your yoga practice 'off the mat' and, through Karma Yoga London, I'm working to provide opportunities for people to give back within their communities and across the world.
You can find me teaching weekly classes in London's top yoga studios. With Erin Prichard, I run a 40-hour advanced teacher training programme for recently qualified yoga teachers (more information here). I am also a member of the teaching staff on the 200-hour YTT at Yogarise Peckham. I regularly teach workshops and special yoga events, such as free outdoor yoga classes during the summer. I run international yoga retreats and am also available for private, one-to-one yoga classes.
Years Practicing Yoga: 13
Years Teaching Yoga: 5
Vinyasa, ashtanga, yin
200-hr YTT with Stewart Gilchrist (at the Power Yoga Company)
40-hr certificate in teaching Ashtanga primary series with David Swenson (at Triyoga London)
CPD course in adapting vinyasa yoga classes for pre-and post-natal women with Clare Saunders (at Union Station Yoga)
Get to know me:
DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
I am uncompromisingly honest and make no apologies for challenging my students both physically and intellectually. I think my students appreciate my pragmatic approach and my straight-talking style. While I expect students to be disciplined in their yoga practice, I balance this with a dry sense of humour and a light-heartedness in the face of the challenge.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
To share my style of teaching with a broader audience and, in particular, to educate more people through my writings on topics related to yoga.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
I first started practising yoga while working on my PhD in archaeology. Yoga gave me respite from the long hours of research and it allowed me to use my body (and my brain) in different ways.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
Yoga is such a vast discipline and it can be overwhelming to navigate it as a new student. I love breaking down challenging poses and complex philosophical ideas for students and then seeing them really engage with the challenge.