“The Awareness of Squareness”


I first started yoga in 1999 when a horse riding colleague got me interested in doing something that would aid my flexibility and suppleness.  This was when I met my first yoga teacher John Hawkins who ran the course with Buckinghamshire Adult Education.  At the beginning of his yoga career John trained with BKS Iyengar, so I am grateful to him for giving me the grounding in such an accurate and inspiring form of yoga.  I am still in regular contact with John, as you will see on this website.

In 2004, I enrolled on a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Foundation Course run by Lorraine Newman in Aynho, Oxfordshire.  This was an excellent introduction to various aspects of yoga that I had previously been unaware of and is a very good course for anyone looking to further their knowledge of yoga.   Having completed the course I was then eligible to attend a BWY Teacher Training Course.  After a successful interview I started the course with Swami Adhyātmananda (Fidelma Spilsbury) in Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire.  During this course I set up my yoga lessons starting with a core of good friends, some of whom still attend my classes.  I qualified as a Yoga Teacher in January 2007. In July 2008 I qualified as a TPOT (Teaching Practice Observation Tutor) with the BWY which enabled me to assess student teachers during their Teacher Training Course. Within the BWY I have been Regional Officer for the Southern Region, a Director/Trustee of the BWY and Chair of the BWY National Executive Committee.

Yoga is a journey.  In 2010 I completed the BWY Pranayama Module with Philip Xerri.  The course has greatly enhanced my knowledge of Pranayama both as a practitioner and teacher.  In October 2013 I completed what has been the most inspirational and rewarding Module so far: the BWY Yoga for People Living with Cancer Module with the acclaimed Julie Friedeberger.  I continue to share what I have learnt from this valuable course with my students. More information is available on the ‘Yoga & Cancer’ page.  In 2015 I attended a Meditation in-service training weekend/retreat with Swami Pragyamurti at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Pantypistyll, Llansadwrn overlooking the Black Mountains in South Wales.  In October 2016, I completed the BWY pilot module on Mindfulness with Cathy-Mae Karelse.   This was followed up by a Conversion Course with the Clear Mind Institute (CMI) at the end of November 2016 - I am now qualified as a Mindfulness Yoga Teacher. In April 2017, I completed a Yin & Restorative Yoga 20 hour Immersion with The Yoga Academy and the incomparable Simon Low.  An inspiring and informative residential course. I am teaching Yin Classes on a 1:2:1 basis .

In August 2020, I completed the BWY Yoga Therapy Foundation Course with Nikki Jackson in the beautiful Cotswolds.  A fascinating and very relevant course in today’s world.  I will be commencing the Full Yoga Therapy Training Course in October 2021..

The yoga journey continues…..