I went to my first Yoga Class 30 years ago, with my sister Fran. She had wanted to practise since she was a child and it was something new to do on our day off together. From the moment I walked in, I was so inspired by all these people in their 50’s and 60’s standing on their heads and so full of life, I knew straightaway that I wanted to be like them. I never looked back. I have practised every week since (apart from the odd holiday or illness).
For many years I practised Iyenga Yoga, but when our teacher died I discovered Ashtanga, which I loved even more- I was hooked all over again. However, I never wanted to teach, I thought it would spoil something I enjoyed so much if it became work. Instead I trained to become a gym instructor so that I could be a personal trainer. This with my yoga experience allowed me to cover odd classes if Fran was away. Then three years ago I decided it was the right time to train as a yoga teacher. I wanted to inspire people the same way I had been 30 years ago. Two years ago I started teaching my own classes here at Yoga Dharma.
Yoga is a huge part of making us feel youthful and fit, but we also have to think about what we put inside our bodies if we want the long and happy journey to continue for the next 30, 40, 50 years or more.