I surprised myself last year while on holiday in Croatia. I had been looking forward to returning so much and kayaking to this special point where a subterraneous river flows into the sea - the mixing of fresh and salt water creates a most interesting visual effect. On that same trip we were offered snorkels and I wasn’t impressed. I had tried to snorkel before and found it disorientating and unpleasant but something clicked this time...and I really enjoyed it, maybe even more than the kayaking...This year we bought our own snorkel just to explore the world swimming beneath us on our favourite beaches. We took turns catering to our introverted selves to quietly observe the ocean floor and any possible marine activity at a leisurely pace (there’s really no fast pace for snorkelling). Perhaps it was because there was no TV on this trip and we left our phones inside all day, but the entertainment factor was 10/10 even though there wasn’t a huge amount of wildlife. I found myself delighting in the smallest amount of movement detected, the sudden surprise of a piece of the ocean floor migrating in the shape of a crab, the silvery glow of the belly of a fish twisting and turning to find food beneath a rock. Just admiring. Just observing. Just being present to whatever captured my attention under the sea. This laid back treasure hunting translated to moments slowly sifting the rocky beaches with the possibility of uncovering tiny seashells or people watching from our blanket and catching a tender moment of family bonding. There’s something about this particular coastline that takes me straight to a place where there are no expectations of excitement and yet an abundance of gifts to savour by slowing down. There is new meaning for me in the concept that there is so much to see that can’t be seen. Stay open. Stay aware. But let go of needing to find. Gifts will be offered if you’re in a place to receive. And, in my experience, gifts will always be offered by the sea.
I remember teaching my first beginners course about seven years ago. As a relatively new teacher with fresh memories of the days I too was new to yoga, I embraced the opportunity to support people at the beginning of not only their journey with yoga but also their journey getting to know themselves better. I myself started a regular yoga practice when living in NYC as a way to get fit and jumped right into dynamic group classes. I soon learned that the benefits of the practice were much deeper than that and that bypassing the basics to be able to do the ‘fancy stuff’ or treating the practice as exercise was not only a quick road to injury but also a far less fulfilling one. I don’t want others to make the same mistakes. And I want to help provide the most welcoming environment possible to help you own your practice. I truly believe everyone can develop a yoga practice that works for them and is body-kind and stress-free (that’s right - we can even make yoga stressful). I’d love to help you get started or take you back to the basics and so even 7 years (and I think at least 15 courses) after teaching my first course I’m looking forward to teaching more (with that all important beginners mind) again!... I’m offering two opportunities at the newly branded @yogariselondon in Covent Garden. Sign up via their website for either or both: 1. Beginners Yoga workshop - Sunday, September 22nd from 2-4:30PM (£35) 2. 5-week Beginners Yoga Course - starts Saturday October 5th-Nov. 2nd from 12:30-2PM (£100) N.B. You get £15 off if you have attended the workshop on the 22nd.
Well I did it. After nearly 10 years straddling two careers I’ve let one go. My heart and soul have been whispering to me for some time now, telling to me confront the fear and challenge it, to TRUST that my instincts are correct and that it’s time to begin a new chapter in my life. And so two months ago I gave my notice to my desk job with no grievances just a growing certitude that life was getting too comfy, too stagnant and it was up to me to create change. When I moved to London nearly 15 years ago I had no intention to teach yoga. I had no idea what I was going to do. With a Master’s in Media Studies, I applied for media related jobs and I was lucky to land a pretty fantastic one where I could use my language skills. Outside of work I studied yoga and nutrition and alternative therapies. I trained as a teacher and health coach and built up my experience year by year and it soon became obvious that it was my calling. It’s taken some time to pluck up the courage to step into this work full time but here we go. Now or never... ...But first the August break I’ve been wanting for some time now. A little time to step back, swim, read, take in nature so I can hit the ground running in September. Can’t wait to share more with you soon. This here is my happy summer face selfie taken in Rome on a final business trip to bid farewell to my Italian clients a few weeks ago. But not to bid farewell to trips to Italy of course. Because I know I’ll be back there in another context one day just like I was there for different reasons in the past. I’m putting it out there like I have all my dreams and I have a feeling the Universe is listening.