My mission is to support people suffering from pain with yoga to help them find comfort, balance and energy.
I discovered yoga in my early 20s. At the time I was training for triathlons and long-distance bike rides and lived in Denver, Colorado, one of the best places in the world for outdoor sports and mountain activities. I viewed yoga as an activity that helped me to train hard and released IT-band which started to give me hip and lower back pain. At the time, I was also an associate at a Big4 accounting firm, and I noticed that yoga helped me to relax after long stressful days.
My yoga teaching journey has been combined with my own life and health passage. Throughout the years, I have had traveling pain around the body that has showed up in my hip, back, and shoulders. As a tall woman (180+cm) with a desk job, my body has complained about sedentary position and furniture that is not tall enough for my height. Last year, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, an illness that impacts 1 in 10 women. Yoga has been a great tool in helping me build strength to support my body and manage the disease that can be utterly painful and debilitating. My personal yoga practice has progressed from energetic vinyasa into a therapeutic hatha style that helps my body to function well. It helps me to stay positive and stay present with my family, friends and colleagues.
The qualifications listed below have equipped me with a fundamental knowledge in the area of holistic health. However, my skills and experience extend beyond these certificates. I am constantly learning through my own practice, workshops, reading and assisting my clients. Helping my clients achieve their health goals make me happy, and I consider myself lucky to be able to do this work.
Yoga Medicine 500-Hour Teacher Training (2020) As a qualified teacher, I continued to develop my teaching style and yoga knowledge. I discovered Yoga Medicine, a yoga community that combines Western and Eastern techniques and body knowledge, and after 4 years of studying with them, I obtained my advanced 500-hour yoga qualification. I learned about anatomy of major joints (hip, shoulder, spine) and function of the surroundings muscles, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yin Yoga, and Meditation techniques, and Yoga for Sports/Athletes. The training has equipped me with the knowledge to work with people one-to-one and focus on specific health goals, weather it is managing physical or emotional pain, or achieving best performance in sports.
Yoga Nidra – Satyananda School of Yoga (2015) Yoga nidra is a deep relaxation technique which can have amazing effects on health and the body’s ability to deal with external factors, including stress and disease. The practice is performed lying down in Savasana, it requires minimal effort and sometimes is referred to as yogic sleep.
Yoga London 200-Hour Teacher Training (2014) When I moved to London in 2010, I continued to practice yoga, and also got a chance to go on trips to Mysore (India), Ubud (Indonesia), Koh Samui (Thailand) where I practiced more yoga. Eventually yoga became an integral part of my life and I wanted to learn more and soak up the benefits of the practice. This is when I decided to train as a teacher. Initially the training was just for myself to learn more about yoga. Once I completed my initial 200-hour training with Yoga London in 2014, I found that I really enjoyed teaching others. I have been teaching regular classes ever since.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2013) My holistic therapist journey started with nutrition. My education has equipped me with an extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive healthcare which I incorporate in my everyday life and share with my students.