My journey for a deeper meaning to life started in 2007 when I moved to Cumbria with my family. We chose an area of Cumbria close to where my husband grew up. For both of us, moving to Cumbria was coming back home to our northern roots, my childhood home being Northumberland. We were both seeking a sense of belonging and a deeper meaning to life.
Soon after settling into our new home, I met Sally Spencer near Newcastleton who introduced me to a range of people all over the world who were exploring a way to be with horses that acknowledged that they were sentient creatures. This discovery was to be the catalyst for me to search for a more meaningful way of being in the world, and to heal and develop my body, mind, and spirit.
Over ten years ago I started to take yoga classes with Lulu Guinness. My other main yoga teachers are: Devi Kaur (www.devikauryoga.com); Ishwara (www.ishwarayoga.com); Clare Bevington. In May 2018 I completed a year-long yoga teacher training at the Shekinah Yoga Retreat in Glastonbury, with Lila Conway (www.yogaprema.org). In August 2018, I qualified as an aerial yoga teacher with Devi Kaur and Clare Bevington. I also trained in yoga nidra relaxation with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. 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 introduction, I studied compassion and insight meditation for a further two years with Rob at Samye Ling. Mindfulness helped me still my restless mind and compassion training gave me the confidence to open my heart to being more accepting of myself and others. Insight meditation saw me diving deeper into myself and getting more in contact with my intuition, and therefore being able 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 am very in tune to using my intuition and instinct in the selection of colour and different media. 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 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 under the guidance of Lulu Guinness. 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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