Yoga has been around me since I was a teenager (my mum qualified as a Yoga teacher in the 1980's). Despite this, I didn't give it any serious attention until one fateful night in my mid-twenties when, as a lively young Marketing Executive, I was loading heavy boxes into my car following a trade fair...
Tired, keen to get on the road and tottering on high heels (eek), I bent, twisted and reached forward... As I heaved the last box off the ground, distracted by thoughts of the long journey home, something went "SNAP!" in my lower spine.
Facing a life of restricted movement and a frightening sense of being older than my physical years, something within me rebelled against the medical advice, which in essence was 'don't move'!
That tiny voice grew until I decided to trust my own judgement and find a way to re-mobilise. That way was Yoga.
It's not always been plain sailing and at times despite my best efforts I’ve still suffered with lower back pain of varying degrees. But gradually through Yoga I've learnt ways that free my spine and provide comfort from pain.
I delight in sharing this learning and draw on my experience to empathise with others who are in pain or whose movement is limited.
Over the 20 or more years I've practised, Yoga has grown to benefit me in so many other ways – especially helping me to manage the stresses of modern life and navigate its inevitable changes and dips.
Yoga has always been there for me, a place I can retreat to and reconnect to my natural self, to delight in being a physical being in a human body - and a perfect way to make wonderful like-minded life-long friends.
Yoga has also helped me find the still quite voice within that steers me in the direction that’s right for me. A voice that helped me relieve endometriosis drug-free and to let go of a fast paced city life to create a new more balanced one on Cornwall's beautiful north-west coast.
I hope Yoga can help you too to find a way of life that supports and nurtures you physically, mentally and spiritually.