I was born in Hertfordshire in 1967, grew up in London and came to Edinburgh in 1986 to study at Edinburgh University and College of Art. I now live in Leith with my husband and daughter. I have been practicing yoga for 27 years (attending my first class, with Elaine Pidgeon, at Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre in 1986). My reason for starting yoga was that I’d been diagnosed with a scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and a physiotherapist recommended Elaine as a good teacher, especially for backs (how right she was).
I liked yoga from the start, feeling an almost instant improvement in my back. After a year, I stopped going regularly to class (I was a student with other priorities) and it took about a month for me to begin feeling back pain again. Eventually, I learned the lesson that yoga couldn’t “cure” my back, but if I practiced it regularly, I could be free from back pain. I booked in to a regular class and began a home practice and that is when I really noticed the other benefits of yoga. If it was back pain that brought me to yoga, it was the effect on my mind that kept me going.
Regular practice of yoga helps to bring everything into balance – all the systems of the body; circulation, respiration, hormonal, digestion… Yoga can help with the symptoms of many common ailments, but as I discovered, it works best as a preventative practice. And by bringing alignment to the body, the mind becomes quieter. This is very helpful when dealing with stress.
I qualified as an Iyengar teacher in 2002 and have been teaching in the Leith area ever since. I also teach a daytime level 2 class at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre in Bruntsfield. I am qualified to Junior Intermediate Level 2. This means that I am qualified to teach Intermediate level poses, as well as the Introductory syllabus. I have done some extra remedial yoga training but please do contact me before enrolling if you have a medical condition or if you are pregnant.