Many individuals come across Ayurveda in a search for better health and I am no exception. At the young age of nineteen I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease. I began to question my health and look beyond Western medicine for a cure.
Over the years what emerged for me was Yoga… and Ayurveda.
Before the age of thirty I knew very little about Yoga or Ayurveda - and very little about myself in fact. Surprising isn’t it? But before the age of thirty I barely knew myself at all.
Over the past ten years that’s all changed as I’ve been increasingly drawn to Yoga and Ayurveda, two incredible self-healing sciences of life that can help us to understand our own unique physiology, personality and psychological make-up.
In the summer of 2009, a well timed (well paid) redundancy gave me the opportunity to travel abroad from the UAE (where I was working a the time) to Mysore in India. During my stay in India I practiced Yoga daily and discovered Ayurveda by means of a deep Ayurvedic cleansing treatment - known as Panchakarma. I found a book on Ayurveda in a local book store and started reading - I was hooked.
When I returned to the UK I started a Yoga teacher training course. I was really lucky because the teacher infused the course with his own knowledge of Ayurveda.
At around the same time I met a wonderful man and together we soon embarked upon family life. It was a time of immense happiness - but not without its challenges as every parent knows.
The sleep deprivation and tiredness that came with having a young family really got to me. The autoimmune disorder I have (autoimmune hypothyroid) got a lot worse and I suffered a whole host of difficult symptoms spanning from anxiety to food intolerance to skin problems.
Alongside early motherhood I continued studying Ayurveda. I practiced a gentle, restorative Yoga. I introduced changes to my lifestyle that incorporated simple Ayurvedic techniques, like using opposites as antidotes, foods as medicine, regular cleansing and daily self-massage and exercise.
Through Ayurveda and Yoga I slowly discovered how to take care of myself on a much deeper level than I knew possible. Ayurveda and Yoga combined helped me restore and stabilise my health, to balance my body and mind and to live my life to its fullest potential.
Training & Certificates
In November 2018 I started BWY Level 4 TT with Angela Ashwin.
In October 2016 I completed my Ayurvedic studies online training with Dr David Frawley at the American Institute of Vedic Studies.
In February 2014 I completed my Yoga 200hr TT Vinyasa Krama Yoga at Harmony Yoga with Steve Brandon, student of Srivatsa Ramaswami.
I’ve also completed courses with Dr Deepa Apte at Ayurveda Pura.
Sivananda Yoga Centre, Putney, London, UK – Jul to Dec 2007
Art of Yoga, Abu Dhabi, UAE – Feb 08 to May 2009
Ashtanga Yoga Shala, Mysore, India – Jun to Sep 2009
Exhale Studio, Venice Beach, LA – Sep to Oct 2010
Vinyasa Krama with Harmony Yoga, Wells, Somerset – Feb 2010 to May 2014
Hatha Yoga self-practice, 2012 to 2018
BWY Hatha Yoga with Angela Ashwin, Exeter 2018+