Craniosacral Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Specialist Therapeutic yoga teacher for those with disabilities and Special Needs children, registered with the Craniosacral Therapy Association, CSTA and fully insured with the Holistic Insurance services.
I have had supporting, guiding and healing roles for over 25 years, having a background in Psychology & Biology, I studied Human & Environmental Science at Leicester University. I’ve been around yoga for most of my life, my mum is in her 80’s and has attended classes, and still does, for over 50 years! I came to yoga and craniosacral therapy (CST) to help deal with living in a body that had been badly injured in a car accident, which led to years of pain and discomfort, I realised that I needed to commit to a regular yoga practice and CST and a way to do this was to dive deeper in trainings, its an ongoing journey but the rewards have been great. As well as the physical benefits the journey of self knowledge & into stillness have been life changing, I have found practices to support me through life’s challenges and it is my joy to share them.
I have a passion for the therapeutic use of yoga with children, young people and adults with special needs & disabilities and have initiated the yoga provision in several of the city’s special schools. I’m drawn to bringing yoga to those who don’t, for whatever reason, feel they can attend mainstream classes, and have worked with a many individuals and groups, including those; with physical disabilities & mental health challenges, post-natal depression, recovering from addiction, coping with cancer and in dementia care settings. I aim to make yoga accessible to all.
I am a perpetual student of yoga and of life, I have a regular meditation practice, regularly attend post graduate Yoga, Embodiment and Craniosacral Therapy workshops as well as an interest in Somatic Movement and Feldenkrais and many years of dancing 5 rhythms & other ecstatic dance practices, all of which help to inform my yoga teaching and Craniosacral therapy practice.
When I’m not sharing yoga or working as a therapist I’m a mother & grandmother, I love to dance, to read, sea kayak, craft, swim outdoors & spend time in wild places.
I am committed to working professionally, holistically and compassionately. Helping you to feel empowered in your own wellbeing and healing journey. I am happy to work alongside your NHS or other health & wellbeing practitioners to aid you on your journey back to health or to find ease living with chronic health conditions.
Some of my educational & training highlights:
1997 Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Psychology & Advanced Diploma in Modern Biology – Leicester University
1999 BSC Human and Environmental Science – Leicester University
2001 NVQ4 Information, Advice & Guidance – Nottingham Trent
2002 Personal Advisor Diploma – Nottingham Trent University
2006 Aromatherapy Massage – South Leicestershire College
2007-9 Yoga Teacher training with Shanti Yoga – 200 hours
2009 yoga’d Up & Yoga Bugs – 30 hours
2009-2012 Shamanic training – with Chris Luttichau of Northern Drum
2010 – 2012 Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy Diploma with Resonance Trainings
2013 Special Needs Yoga SYC with Jo Manuel 50 hrs
2013 – Swedish Massage
2013 Working with Babies, Children and Mother – Bodynamic CranioSacral Therapy with Shiela Keen – 40 hours
2014 Mindfulness meditation teacher training (MBSR) Mindfulness CIC – 45 hours
2014 Yoga for Neurological differences with Lucy Arnsby – 25 hours
2015 Anatomy & Movement for Yoga teachers with Gary Carter – 8 weekends
2015 Prananyama with Philip Xerri – 45 hours
2016 Women’s Yoga therapy training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli – 50 hours
2017 Reflexology for special needs yoga Special Yoga Centre
2017 Yoga Nidra teacher training with Yoga Nidra Network –50 hours
2017 Yoga for Menopause – Uma Dinsmore Tuli
2018 Yin Yoga teacher training with Bernie Clarke – 50 hours
2019 Biodynamic Cranial Touch/ Stillness Touch Initiatory Course with Giorgia Milne
2019 Yoga for Anxiety – The Minded Institute London
2020 Sound Healing with Anne Malone
2020 Accessible Yoga teacher training
2021 Yotism – specialist yoga for Autism