I have worked in health and wellbeing for over 30 years as a nurse and health lecturer. I qualified as a yoga instructor in 2019 following a series of life events that led me to re-evaluate my own wellbeing. I have been a yogi myself for many years and fully appreciate the positive difference that yoga has made to my life. I live with my family and rescue dog in South Shropshire, a very beautiful part of the country, where I try to spend as much of my time as possible outdoors, walking my dog and cycling. I am also a freelance writer and have written for OM YOGA MAGAZINE since 2021, please see the articles page if you would like to read some of my work.
2018 Post grad cert. Public Health
2019 Level 3 Diploma in teaching yoga.
2020 Chair based yoga training
2020 Yoga Nidra qualification 40 hours
2020 Yoga and the vagus nerve training
2020 Certificate in teaching Yin Yoga
2020 Level 3 exercise and the older person
2020 Certificate in Relaxation Therapy
2021 Yoga for mental health 40 hours
2022 Yogalates 80 hour teacher training programme.
2023 Diploma in autogenic training
I have a level 3 qualification in teaching “Hatha” yoga.
SO WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?
It is one of the most popular styles of yoga and has a long history from its ancient origins to modern-day practice. Hatha yoga focuses on poses ("asanas") with breathing techniques ("pranayama"). A Hatha yoga class describes a particular type of class that's typically slow-paced with a focus on proper alignment.
There is some research that focuses specifically on the benefits of hatha, these studies suggest the broad category of hatha yoga may have a variety of benefits, including:
- Less anxiety
- Better balance
- Fitness improvements: including cardio endurance, muscle strength endurance, and flexibility.
- And beyond these studies, there's a wealth of research on the benefits of yoga in general, including data that suggests its ability to treat pain, lower BMI and blood pressure, reduce menopausal symptoms, help manage chronic diseases, improve mental health, and more.