I began my journey with yoga at the age of 15, in a small class at the local gym. It was something I loved immediately, but for very different reasons than those that followed through the years. The first time I went to yoga, I went to gain more flexibility, to aid my dancing at school. Yoga bought me so much more, even if I wasn’t aware of it in that first class. The physical was what took me to a yoga class, and in some ways still plays a part in my practice, but together with other reasons and benefits.
Practicing on a regular basis for several years, it wasn’t until I moved to London and was introduced to Bikram yoga that I found an unconditional love. A love for what yoga does for me physically, but more so I appreciated the mental and emotional benefits. Getting me through my final year at University, without feeling stressed, anxious or worried about the outcome, I learnt from yoga to Breathe. Not the breathing we do everyday, but to really breathe, to fill my lungs and with a deep exhalation calm my mind, relax my body and find focus on what was really important. Seeing the amazing effect yoga could have, I went deeper into my practice; looking for new styles to experience, new teachers to learn from and how I could understand myself further.
Once I finished University, where I studied Business and French language, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. This was when one of my teachers said I should become a yoga teacher and immediately I felt this was the right path for me. I took a course in Vinyasa yoga in Portugal where I met some of the most beautiful and inspiring people, who taught me what more yoga could offer me. The thought of offering this to others was an absolute blessing. I find myself feeling blessed in every single class I teach. I love to teach and watch my student’s progress; I love seeing how they enter the class and the transformation when they leave. I love seeing beginners enter the class and instantly feel they have been challenged physically and mentally, and watching the more regular yogis as they find something new and exciting in every class.
To flow in yoga feels amazing to me – to flow the body in sync with the breath, to let go of yourself and listen to your body and to lose yourself in your breathing. A style of yoga that can change constantly, offering new and exciting things in every class – may it be new asanas, new breathing techniques, a new challenge, new chants, whatever it may be, it is always interesting and offers so much more than just a physical workout.
I love to learn new things, which led me onto a path of teaching pre and postnatal yoga. I learnt from an amazing teacher in London, and found such inspiration and enthusiasm in her teaching methods. To watch women of all backgrounds, ages and sizes come together with the same goals. To help them feel more comfortable, but also to encourage them to observe their bodies and what is happening as they go through this magical moment. I discovered, after observing women going through this journey, I wanted to do more for them after birth. This is when I decided to also study postnatal yoga to allow the mothers to continue practicing yoga, in a place they already feel comfortable and where they can bring their babies.
There is so much more for me to learn and I look forward to the future, but I am enjoying thoroughly being in this moment of joy and happiness. Even more so I am enjoying working together with my students to guide each other through life with more peace, calmness and a greater understanding of ourselves.