I live on the coast in rural East England. I have been a yoga practitioner for over half my life and a teacher for nearly 20 years. I have gained so much from studying Iyengar Yoga but have broadened my studies to include Yin yoga, Kundalini Yoga, studying with movement teachers, ballet teachers, energy workers and above all diving deep into the study of the chakras. I travel to India most years for yoga retreat.
Here, in this study of the chakras, I have found the connection between mind and body that feels true, right and honest, and gives me the understanding that I have been searching for all these years! And I am longing to share this gift; to spread this knowledge that seems just so intuitive. Once we have the key, unlocking the door is easy and the path leads to the way – The Chakra Way!
I stumbled across yoga in my early 20's having been utterly useless at any physical activity thus far in my life! I instantly clicked with the physical practice of yoga and had, by happy accident, found an Iyengar teacher who had been one of Mr Iyengar's first pupils in the West. I was hooked.
My love of yoga grew over the years and stayed with me as a constant balm in my life through the rest of my 20's and into my 30's as I got married and had children. When the children were small I did my teacher training - a massive undertaking of 2 years of weekly classes with exams and assessments throughout - and qualified in 2003. Since then I have always taught regular classes, at first in London and then in Norfolk where we moved in 2006.
Life was pretty busy with kids stuff, my small catering business, a house and various animals to look after, a husband who worked away or abroad for many years, plus my regular yoga classes.
During these years - and I'm sure many of you will identify with this - I managed to lose myself. As my darling boys grew and flew the nest, I was left wondering what the point of me was and what was my purpose? My identity had become so entwined with that of mother, wife, caterer, teacher, chauffeur - all things that made my identity relevant only in relation to other people - that I had forgotten who I was. Who was I in relation to the girl who walked into her first yoga class and fell in love? Where had she gone or who had she become?
In 2011 I travelled to India for the first time to attend a yoga retreat. This started my journey towards the more spiritual side of my yoga practice. By 2016 I had started to study the chakras for my personal pleasure and benefit and wrote my first big study paper in 2018 during the Beast from the East cold snap that kept us all at home for a couple of weeks at the beginning of that year. Following that I began to teach workshops based around the chakras and found that my students were really interested in this integration of our "classroom" practice of yoga and the deeper work and interpretation that the chakras bought to that practice.
During 2020, when all teaching went online, I discovered that working on camera and online was not only fun but sort of liberating! It opened up a whole new world of possibility for me and this is where you find me.
I have found that my personal work in understanding the chakras and bringing that awareness to my yoga practice, and teaching, has wrought a complete transformation in myself. I now feel that I am more in touch with my emotions and more able to express them. I am able to understand how my personality was shaped by my life experiences and up bringing. I can face and work through issues with calm. I feel a strong sense of self and purpose and am a stronger, more fulfilled person because of it! I am still on this amazing journey of discovery and enjoy being perfectly imperfect. My body is less willing perhaps but the mind is eager to continue and this is how The Chakra Way was born.
I simply want to share this incredible, magical understanding of the chakras to enhance the lives of others and to inspire yoga students to peek a little deeper into the world of yoga and chakras.