I originally came to yoga and meditation after experiencing burnout as a city lawyer 10 years ago. Booking onto a yoga retreat in desperation, I was lucky enough to stumble across Scaravelli Inspired Yoga with Catherine Annis: an inherently mindful style of yoga which works with the natural movements of the breath, gravity and the spine to reduce unnecessary tension and restore mobility to the spine, as the central axis of the body. Catherine's patient and sensitive approach to working with the body helped me reconnect to a sense of embodiment and peace of mind which I hadn't know since childhood, initially for just brief moments during class, but then as time went on the effects began to linger a little longer and filter into my life outside the yoga studio.
I enrolled on the teacher training at Triyoga in 2012 with Catherine and Kate Ellis initially just to deepen my own personal practice, but in the process discovered that I absolutely loved teaching and felt irrevocably drawn to share these beautiful practices with others. Continuing to struggle with depression and anxiety post-burnout as is so often the case, it helped me make sense of my own experience to be able to use it to help others. Meanwhile, the yoga philosophy we learnt under the expert tutelage of Carlos Pomeda completely blew my mind and changed the way I see the world for ever. I now have the great privilege to work on that same course as a teaching assistant and mentor.
Eventually I accepted the inevitable and decided to leave the law in 2014 to enrol on a Masters of Science in the Neuroscience and Clinical Applications of Mindfulness at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatric, second only after Harvard for mental health studies. We live at an extremely exciting time when modern science is beginning to shed light on ancient wisdom and I couldn't resist the opportunity to immerse myself in the cutting edge research for year. During this time I conducted my own research on yoga and meditation on an acute psychiatric ward at The Maudsley Hospital which only left me further convinced of the healing potential of these practices.
Previously a media lawyer for 10 years, I am very familiar with the stresses and strains of a busy working life and the importance of learning how to take better care of ourselves. I believe passionately in the power of yoga and meditation to transform our experience and reduce suffering through bringing us back into our bodies and the present moment, where we can live more authentically and with greater purpose, clarity and compassion for self and others.