Originally from Brittany France I came over to study in 1996 and have been in the UK since. Accidentally started yoga at my local gym in 2000. I regularly participated to a pilates class only to find one day that the slot had been replaced by a yoga class. I took to it quickly as I found it physically challenging and rewarding. Within a few months, on the mental side, I seemed to have found a better clarity of thoughts and an ability to let go of irks (which as a hot headed french woman in my twenties, I had a lot of!). And the benefits kept on coming..a few years down the line, I gave up smoking and I partly credit Yoga for helping me to do so.
Within a few years I was practising 3 to 4 times a week and it was suggested to me by a teacher that I qualified myself. I dismissed it at the time as I had been promoted at work and had my hands full. A couple of years later, I was disillusioned by the job as it became too stressful and demanding and offered no meaning to my life.I became depressed. I was offered anti depressants which I refused as I was determined that I could leave my “black dog” to the side as I had yoga which always made me feel better, the love and support of a very good man (now my husband) and I went for private counselling sessions which helped tremendously too . At that time, another teacher of mine suggested a teacher training and I felt the time was right! That was 11 years ago and I haven’t looked back.
My Yoga influences
Unbeknown to me at the time, my first teachers were Vinyasa and Ashtanga teachers. Latter teachers followed more of the Hatha, Iyengar, Scaravelli and Sivananda practices. I have been influenced by all of those styles, and if they do not mean a thing to you as you read this, all you need to know is that I have a broad understanding and knowledge of yoga, that I like to focus on the anatomical and like to keep a sense of humour during the classes. I highly value the relaxation and meditation part of the class. All together I would say that I will make you think whilst you practise and then switch off as you relax. My main aim as a yoga teacher is to make you understand and accept yourself as you are so that you are ready for the changes that inevitably happen in your life, whether they be physical or mental. This is also my own aim as a student of yoga.
I continue my personal development through going to classes and participating in workshops. Please go to the journal section if you would like to know more about it.