The face behind Yoga Avenue, a bit about me...
Like many little girls I was, from a young age, obsessed with ballet and gymnastics - forever upside down or pirouetting somewhere inappropriate! I followed my interest in dance through college but soon afterwards lost touch with the physical release and enjoyment dance and expressive movement offered me. It wasn't until about 2011 that I really discovered yoga and it was like
finding something I hadn't realised I'd lost!
I spent the next few years exploring various types of classes, attending workshops and retreats and developing an openness towards experiencing the world of yoga. In September 2016 I met Heidi Pascual (Lotus Love Yoga) at a retreat in Sardinia (www.sardiniayoga.com). Something changed the day I met Heidi; I finally found the courage and belief to express a desire I'd harboured for a while.
With Heidi's encouragement, (along with many many other wonderful teachers I have had the priviledge of being guided by) I completed my Yoga Alliance 200 hour Level 1 Teacher Training with Bristol City Yoga; graduating in 2017.
I now have over 500 hours of training behind me, having graduated as an Advanced 300 hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher with the internationally acclaimed Claire Missingham in London. Fuelled by Claire's incredible knowledge and authentic teaching the training encapsulated the true essence of yoga by honouring it's ancient lineage and philosophical roots; encouraging the development of leadership skills to help others find their own dharma and awakening to all the wonderful opportunities yoga offers for living a vibrant, happy and fulfilling life.
I am a constant student and continue to develop my skills with additional trainings, expanding my knowledge and fueling my passion for yoga; especially the philosophy and history that underpins both practice and life. Dipping into the wisdom teachings of the founding yogic texts on a regular basis and using these as inspiration for my classes. This helps me find clearer perspective, develop closer connection and understanding with those around me and trust that things will work out the way they are meant to. As my own knowledge and self practice grows I feel that more and more my teaching offers integrity and authenticity as well as passion and kindness. As a teacher my aim is pretty simple; to share what yoga has gifted to me and to see others awaken to their own santosha (contentment).
I am fully insured through Yoga Alliance, have an Enhanced Disclosure and First Aid training certification.
Vinyasa Flow intensives - Claire Missingham, London 2017
Intro to Thai Massage with Bodywisdom, Bristol 2017
Ganesha Tandava Indian Mythology and Asana Workshop - Lotus Love Yoga, Colchester - Jan 2018
British Wheel of Yoga Advanced Certificate Workshop modules - SWYA, Bristol - April 2018
Anatomy In Depth - Karen Kirkness at Trika Yoga, Bristol - April 2018
Teaching Vinyasa Flow - Ash Bond of Flying Monkeys, Bristol - July 2018
Antomy of Inversions and Adjusting Bodies not Poses - Karen Kirkness at Trika Yoga - August 2019;
Anatomy & Integration in Yoga - Doug Keller - September 2019
Aerial Yoga Teacher Training -Oaklands IYC Jan 2020