I love being barefoot as often as I can and outdoors a lot.
I grew up in South Africa gardening, bird watching, catching bugs and beasties...
a wonderful, active childhood.
At 18 I studied Nature Conservation, and worked on a Vogelgat Nature Reserve in Hermanus, Cape Province, spending a lot of time up and down the mountains and researching Fynbos.
I became interested in anatomy, especially the 'myofascial' aspect (muscles and stuff),
when I trained as a massage therapist in the mid '90's.
I worked as a massage therapist on a cruise ship... the lifestyle there being physically quite constricting.
It was then, in the year 2000, I took up yoga... which was a great way to keep active and flexible in a small space.
I attended Hot Yoga and Sivananda classes when possible, however I was mainly self-taught from books and an Ashtanga DVD.
Little did I know then that yoga is so, so much more than feeling good physically!
I moved to Scotland and trained as a Yoga Teacher (Ashtanga) in Edinburgh in 2006 with Brian Cooper of Union Yoga.
At that time I also trained with Ana Forrest, David Swenson and Dharma Mittra.
I established ChillOut Yoga in Aberfoyle, Scotland, in 2007, where I spent many happy years teaching classes,
ChillOut Yoga Teacher Training, running workshops and retreats in the Trossachs.
I am now based in Long Melford, Suffolk, where I opened the Long Melford Yoga Studio.
I joined forces with Laurence and Ali to establish East of England Yoga School,
and am a 'Yoga Elder' with the Independent Yoga Network, having taught over 5000 hours of yoga.
I now mainly teach public classes outside and am tutoring on the Teacher Training.
Like everything else, my practice is constantly evolving and flows with the beautiful seasons in the UK
From a strong Ashtanga practice, I have moved a into more Scaravelli-inspired practice, and I simply adore Meditation.
I love teaching and learning, and although I have had, and still have, some amazing and inspirational teachers (training with Catherine Annis and Pete Blackaby when possible, and attending classes and workshops on yoga and anatomy),
I learn the most from the lovely folk who keep coming to my classes.
As for the gardening...
I was a part-time gardener at Kentwell Hall for 5 years before lockdown.
In lockdown I went to the garden almost full time whilst teaching and recording some online yoga.
When lockdown eased, I started a garden volunteer programme at Kentwell.
I am now Deputy Head Gardener.
Once again... I'm mostly barefoot and outdoors!
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