YOGA TEACHER YRT 1000
I am registered with The Independent Yoga Network (1000 hours) and have been teaching yoga for 12 years. My foundational training with Yoga Professionals/108 Training honoured traditional teachings of yoga whilst promoting a contemporary practice that could be accessible to all. For a number of years I worked alongside school founder Conrad Paul as a course director, training many yoga teachers across the country. My teaching is now rooted in Ayurveda (Yoga's 'sister science') and integrates graceful sequences inspired by movements found in Qigong and Kalaripayattu. My family roots lie in Kerala, where this Indian martial art developed alongside yoga and Ayurveda and was practiced by my ancestors. My work has naturally assimilated aspects of these ancient traditions which I have gone on to explore creatively. My approach is also reflective of my background in the visual arts (BA/1st class Hons & MA) in that I view yoga as an art form as well as a science and holistic health practice. The spiritual aspects of practicing yoga have emerged through living a vegan lifestyle (ahimsa) and serving my community in the best way that I can (dharma).
AYURVEDIC CONSULTANT & THERAPIST
I am a member of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association where I am registered as a Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant and Therapist. I was privileged to study under Pavan Kanwar (senior student and disciple of Dr David Frawley) with whom I trained privately in traditional gurukula style when he was resident in the UK. I have also undertaken training with ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, India, the home of Ayurveda and where my family originate. Although I am trained in the traditional ayurvedic therapies, my focus has been on exploring Ayurveda as a holistic way of life. From 2014 - 2019 I undertook PhD Research (Health Sciences) at Warwick Medical School in order to develop my business. My thesis examined how integrated practices of yoga and Ayurveda help to support self-care. This research now informs all of my teacher trainings, courses and workshops
I am a registered with REPS as a qualified personal trainer, boxing coach and RCS
(Real Combat Systems) instructor. Due to a chronic elbow injury I continue to study martial movement through Kalaripayattu (Indian martial arts) and Qigong, for the purpose of holistic healing. Prior to my training in yoga and Ayurveda, I worked as a fitness trainer/manager/coach in a number of health clubs before setting up my own business specialising in the wellbeing of women and girls. This was to be the foundation of the holistic health business I have today. During this period I was also employed to teach anatomy & physiology and assess fitness courses at my local sports academy. Having benefited immensely from practicing yoga during a long period of grief I went on to integrate the disciplines of yoga and then Ayurveda into my portfolio. My work therefore naturally developed into a holistic health model drawing from 20 years of experience in the health, fitness and wellbeing sector.
VEGAN LIFESTYLE COACH
I am a certified Vegan lifestyle Coach. Adopting a vegan lifestyle has been central to my spiritual exploration of Yoga and has helped me to cultivate a more compassionate and connected way of life. In 2016 I travelled to the USA to study with Victoria Moran who runs Main Street Vegan Academy. From a clinical perspective eating plant-foods has improved my health in many incredible ways all of which have been evidenced by blood tests. My doctor once exclaimed "whatever you are doing, just keep doing it!' From a spiritual perspective I feel I am more able to resolve the conflict I hold between my impact on both animals and the environment through what I eat, wear and buy, and my love and respect for all sentient beings. As well as helping clients to slowly transition into a vegan lifestyle, I co-founded The Ayurvegan Kitchen and set up Plantpower Meet-ups to support those wanting to experiment more with plant-based cooking.