More than ten years ago I started to take yoga classes. I completed a year-long yoga teacher training in Glastonbury. I also qualified as an aerial yoga teacher. I have trained in yoga nidra relaxation. Yoga nidra helps shift your brain into the zone between sleeping and waking states; it’s like your body sleeps while your mind remains conscious and clear.
In 2010 I embarked on a year-long Mindfulness course at Samye Ling Monastery in Eskdalemuir, with Rob Nairn, who is a pioneer in teaching mindfulness from a Western psychological perspective. Following this, I studied for a further two years in compassion and insight meditation. Mindfulness helps me to still my restless mind, and compassion meditation gives me the confidence to open my heart to being more accepting of myself and others. Insight meditation helps me to dive deeper into myself and get more in contact with my intuition, and therefore helps me to act and express myself more authentically in the world.
I am an artist and passionate about expressing myself through various artistic media. I use art to manifest how it feels to be a human living in this world. I like to use my intuition and instinct to guide me in the selection of colour, and the marks that I make. This approach enables me to use my art as a therapeutic outlet.
My yoga teaching is informed by my meditation background. Yoga helps me to let go of stress and anxiety that accumulates in my body due to a fast-paced Western style of living. It has helped me to alleviate back pain, sciatica and an uneven pelvis. The chanting of mantras has helped me to express myself through voice, and I enjoy singing with the Geltsdale Singers. I have recently started playing singing bowls, and I am introducing these therapeutic sounds into class final relaxation. Today I live my life in a way that is authentic and meaningful to me. I would love to share with you what I have learnt on my journey so far.
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