I have practised various styles, including Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and a little Iyengar Yoga for almost 30 years and have been teaching for 14 years. My first yoga class was at a gym, and I loved it! I completed my yoga teacher training with Marina Contardo at the Ishta School of Yoga in 2008. The reason why I chose to study with Ishta, is that I believe it allows its member to practice the best of all schools of yoga. This means that one can modify one’s yoga practise to include the best elements of each style, and the asana’s and components that work best with you personally.
I am addicted to yoga, and practised yoga throughout both of my pregnancies. My passion for yoga grows every time I get on the mat! I do believe it is a great learning experience and it allows one to get more in touch with oneself. In this busy, material world, we often forget that the most important thing in our lives is ourselves, and this includes our body. For me it is the best way to connect body and mind.
I started studying pilates a few years ago, in order to increase my knowledge and capabilities as a yoga teacher. I hope to utilise my studies of Stott Pilates principles, combined with an Injuries & Special populations course, to be able to deal with many different types of students and different bodies and to help students to prevent injuries & strengthen their bodies. I am really enjoying my pilates practice, and how well it combines with yoga.
Recently I started teaching students of different ages and body types, as well as students with previous injuries and medical conditions (what I like to call Yoga for All Bodies). I find it really rewarding to take a beginner and teach them to either fit into a mainstream yoga class, or just to make them comfortable in their own body, or improve their health and body strength.
I feel that I am still close to the beginning of my journey with yoga, and that there are many more years (and lifetimes even) to grow in my yoga practise.
But there is nothing like getting on your mat and just doing it!