Teacher Spotlight

I can’t imagine life without yoga.

My journey changed after a life-changing (enhancing) event a handful of years ago. Forrest Yoga touched my body, mind and soul, offering me strength to face my fears and more gladness in every dimension of my world! Forrest Yoga resonated so deeply within me, my essence, my very being.

My personal practice keeps influencing my life in ways I had never expected awakening magic, passion, purpose and play in my everyday. Realizing the incredible benefits of Forrest Yoga, I quit my job and decided to become a Forrest Yoga teacher, knowing I wanted to offer something that I believed in wholeheartedly, to others.

I completed the Foundation Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in San Francisco in the Spring of 2015, completed my Mentorship 2 years later and I am now teaching full-time. I will be doing the Advanced Teacher Training in the summer this year, as well as completing my 500hour Teacher Training. My studies in biodynamic massage and body psychotherapy continue, as does my desire for living life in full colour, right to the edges, making the ‘most alive choice’ at every given opportunity.

I am also a very proud member of the incredible charity Black Dog Outdoors. BDO is a not for profit charity managed by a small and brilliant team who are extremely passionate about getting people who are experiencing mental health challenges, out into the Great Outdoors. This incredible bunch of volunteers provides support and amazing events to those who are seeking support for their mental health. And I am so honoured, de.LIGHTed and proud to be a part of this growing team, and to be supporting people for free with the tools of yoga and meditation. www.blackdogoutdoors.co.uk for details of events and all the great stuff we have planned for 2021! You see, when we get out into the wilderness, be it an epic view on a hill top, or our back garden, we do our overstressed brains the biggest favour.

I am so passionate about mental health awareness and education - and hope - using Forrest Yoga not only as a self-management tool for mental health challenges, but also to ensure that every hooman bean has the opportunity to reach their potential. I am always hoping to inspire change and quality of life, increase my own knowledge and understanding, and opportunities to expand on ways to help people strengthen, heal and grow. I recently became a certified Mental Health First Aider, and I have successfully received certification for Mental Health and Social Care (Level 4), and Self-Harm and Suicide Awareness & Prevention (Level 2).

I also have the privilege of being a Newfie Mum to 2 gorgeous fuzzy Newfoundland Bears, Millie and Rolo: two astonishing woofs, each with their own incredible gifts to share and lessons to impart. Sharing a daily Forrest Yoga practice is something they equally love doing with me! The saying ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ isn’t a cliché for me; it’s a lived experience. It’s an acknowledgement that life’s best gifts can come at any time, even when we least expect them. They can come in large packages, some wrapped in fur and kisses! In fact, there is no single way to find love or wisdom. What’s important is to recognise when an opportunity for growth presents itself and to accept it with gratitude – whether it comes via an experience, a person…or a big dog…

I am a shutterbug, my camera often an extension of my arm. I love art. Music. Paintings. Reading. Stories. Language. Your body is one such story. And the child in me still loves to create, to tell stories, to help you tell your story.

Yoga has such a powerful impact on our mental and emotional health, and the wonderful thing today is that we have the science to back it. It's time to back yourself. Roll out your mat and give yoga a go.

Let Forrest Yoga help you feel for the stories in your body.

(You) seen, changes your relationship.

With Everything.

Our lives are filled with moments where we choose to leap or stay put. And there’s no substitute for following your dream and doing what you love…. and whatever you do out of love has a future. My commitment to this magnificent practice, this way of being, is stronger than ever….SYMI

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"I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to dance in the moonbeams and hear the stars sing. I don't want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic...!"