Yoga is many things to many people and the bewildering variety of approaches, teachers and lineages such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Dru, Kundalini, Bikram, Anusara and others – not to mention the fads and spin-offs like Yogalates (Yoga crossed with Pilates), Acro Yoga (Yoga while suspended in the air) and Doga (Yoga with your dog … yes, really) - is bound to confuse and confound newcomers.
My philosophy is to reach back to Yoga’s ancient roots and then to reach forward and apply it to our present-day bodies and minds. At its heart, Yoga is about Connection: connecting all the parts of ourselves into a coherent whole, connecting compassionately and clearly to others, and connecting ourselves to the life force within us.
Broadly speaking, I teach Hatha Yoga which means we use the body to achieve a clearer mind and a calmer nervous system, working first on releasing tension, then creating flexibility, and eventually developing strength. We use breath awareness and breathing practices to soothe the nervous system if it’s agitated and restless, or to energise it if it’s sluggish or depleted.
I do not teach handstands, headstands or strenuous arm balances in my general classes. Instead, I focus on creating a strong, safe foundation based on optimal awareness, posture and alignment for every student. More than anything, I’m passionate about helping you re-learn how to move and breathe in the way you were designed to do before cars, computers, stress, ageing, sitting and lifestyle habits bent you out of shape!
Overall, my approach tends to be restorative so my classes are balancing, relaxing and suitable for both beginners and experienced students. If you have a query about Yoga, your health or what I offer, ask me here.
If you’re local to Sheffield, you can find me teaching at the Stillpoint Practice in Nether Edge and at Hagglers Corner in Heeley on:
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12 noon
Thursdays 10.30am – 12 noon
Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.00pm
I teach specialist therapeutic classes in Millhouses for the Sheffield Yoga for M.E./C.F.S. charity and am the author of their 10th Anniversary Hatha Yoga CD which is widely used by its members.
For 10 years I was the yoga teacher at Riverdale Grange Eating Disorders Hospital, teaching inpatients in small groups and individually on both the adult and adolescent units.
These classes are arranged by the organisations and not open to the general public.
If you are affected by an Eating Disorder or have M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I have extensive professional experience as well as a personal history of both these conditions and am happy to speak with you to see if I can help or suggest somewhere that will.