(IYN Certified & Registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher)
(Fully Insured with BGI)
A little about me...
I was initially drawn to yoga for medical reasons (as a result of experiencing spinal injuries and nerve damage and I live with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, both of which manifest with chronic pain), but I then embarked upon such an amazing journey which has blown my mind and heart wide open and continues to fill my life with gratitude and wonder.
In 2010, I started to study and practice yoga under the guidance of Steve Harrison and Sarah Wilkes-Harrison at the Yoga Sanctuary, Southampton, UK, and it has simply transformed my life. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training programme over a period of 18 months there, graduating in 2014 and then studied a further 18 months of a yoga deepening programme. Over 6 years, I studied a number of yoga, meditation, scripture and philosophy courses and I discovered a profound love for kirtan or mantra and music at the Yoga Sanctuary.
I moved to Austria in July 2016, though I remain remotely connected to the Yoga Sanctuary, and my inspiration stems from all that I learned there, and continue to learn. I draw on guidance and inspiration from the teachings of our Guru Swami Yogeshwaranand Paramhansa (Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh) and many, many other philosophical and spiritual teachers through their books and videos.
I met my Vedanta and Kriya Yoga teacher, Master Sri M (of the Satsang Foundation) in 2018. Sri M is an Indian spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist – from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Sri M is a living yogi, who has dedicated his life to yoga and serving others in India and beyond. He has also completed several 'Walks of Hope' in the name of peace. You can follow his Satsangs here: https://satsang-foundation.org/category/videos/satsangs.
I have attended Satsanga, सत्सङ्ग, satsaṅga with various teachers in the U.K., India, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal. Steve really instilled in me a love for Satsang, which is typically sitting with a teacher and listening to or reading the ancient teachings and scriptures, or reflections on life. It's a dialogue on reality, permanent or impermanent. To be able to learn how to listen and to train to sit still in meditation and inner reflection form parts of the process. To look at life's and one's own processes and what is behind it all, to discover the truth, how to arrive at a clear mind.
As a teacher
I qualified as a Yoga Bananas Technique Children's Yoga Teacher (3-11 yrs) in June 2016 and as a Yoga Bananas Technique Teen Yoga Teacher in 2019. Sharing yoga with children in a fun and beautiful approach which incorporates all the elements of Hatha Yoga through story-telling is a real joy.
I really enjoy working with children as I have a background in teaching as a qualified Modern Foreign Languages Secondary School 11-18 years Teacher (Spanish, French & Portuguese) and I have been teaching young people and adults on and off for the past 20 years or so, having first worked in a private school in Chile when I was 18, then again in Spain aged 22. I currently teach English as a foreign language for WIFI Vorarlberg, a further education college/university in Dornbirn.
I worked as a saleswoman in the wine trade in and around London and the South and South East of England for many years, before my injuries called for me to seek a change of lifestyle. That's when I properly retrained as a teacher at postgraduate level and later realised I couldn't manage working in a school either...
Anyway, what I love about now running my own yoga school, is that all of the skills I amassed during my years in sales have made it much easier - I do all my own finances and marketing including this website etc. The teaching skills transfer nicely over to yoga teaching - life was somehow setting me up for this.
I've lived, studied and worked in various countries in Europe and South America; I've spent a little time learning and practising yoga in India; I'm still and always will be a student no matter how much of my own master I become. Life has led me on a merry dance and to many amazing experiences with the widest and richest spectrum of friends along the way. I am ever grateful for my path and all I am learning as I go with such elders and teachers to guide me and the tribe to walk along with me. I currently reside in the Austrian Alps, where Mother Nature inspires and helps me to heal myself.
Mother Nature is one of my greatest teachers. In my spare time, I love to get out into the mountains, to hike and in winter, to ski. I enjoy spending time forest bathing, barefoot walking, toe dipping and swimming in cold lakes and rivers. I also enjoy cycling, gardening and I love to sing, make music and dance.