As long as I can remember I have always loved movement , bouncing around , dancing, playing sports, running and jumping! My main passion was always dance and I studied ballet and contemporary dance, right into my 20’s. I remember often being told off for leaping around the sitting room, wobbling various bits of furniture with a grand jete.
I left for University and studied a degree in Psychology at Leeds University, I loved the psychology degree but found myself spending more time playing Capoeira (a Brazilian Martial art) and trying very hard to be cool by breakdancing! When I left uni, i travelled to Canada & worked as a physio assistant in Whistler, whilst doing a ski season. I was hooked…it was a perfect mixture of everything that I loved, movement, people, psychology and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy & Pilates
I enrolled in a Masters in Physiotherapy and qualified in 2008. I started working as a physiotherapist initially with a stint in the Caribbean, then came back to the UK to settle into my junior rotations in the Norfolk NHS Community Trust. I then got a promotion as a Senior Physiotherapist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital . I specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and paediatrics. I have subsequently done numerous courses such as Pilates teacher training with APPI, various manual therapy courses , sports massage , Bobath introductory courses, hydrotherapy for children, clinical acupuncture and kinesiotaping. I now work as a specialist physiotherapist at the East Anglia Children’s Hospice part-time & Physiyoga the rest of the time.
My interest in yoga started whilst working as a physiotherapist in the hospital, I had continued to play capoeira and dance as much as I could squeeze in. Following various trips to Brazil and quite a few injuries later, all that training and working full-time left me feeling tired, stressed and achey. I started yoga initially to improve flexibility but quickly found that the meditative nature had many benefits, such as decreasing stress, improving performance and focus as well as uplifting mood. I have practiced many different styles of yoga from Astanga, Vinyasa Flow and Hatha. I love them all for everything they offer and so decided to enroll in a multi-style yoga teacher training qualification in 2014.
I travelled to India and undertook an intensive 200hr yoga alliance qualification at Trimurti Yoga (www.trimurtiyoga.com) . It was the break my body and mind needed, as clichéd as it sounds I found peace on my mat, my mind and my body felt relaxed and healthy, flexible and at ease.
I now teach yoga and work as a physiotherapist part-time, I underpin my yoga teaching with the movement analysis and the anatomical knowledge of physiotherapy. In my yoga classes I hope to create a fun, light and supportive atmosphere to allow you to relax and feel free. I teach “Physiyoga” classes which are like Vinyasa flow but more anatomically and alignment based and I teach Hatha yoga. I also teach anatomy for yoga teachers on several yoga teacher training courses. In addition, I offer private childrens and adults physiotherapy, sports massage and acupuncture. I hope to be able to facilitate freedom in movement for all.
When I’m not helping people to do downward dogs, I enjoy playing the ukelele, occasionally jumping into a capoeira roda and swing dancing. I am currently studying for an advanced teaching qualification with CamYoga (www.camyoga.co.uk) a Yoga Alliance 500hr and British Wheel of Yoga qualification, and hope to bring you more fun filled classes in the months to come.
I look forward to meeting you