MY ANGLO-INDIAN HERITAGE AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL BACKGROUND INSTINCTIVELY INFORMS MY TEACHINGS. I HONOUR THE TRADITIONS OF MY ANCESTORS TO SHARE MY KNOWLEDGE WITH YOU IN A SAFE, RELAXED AND HONEST WAY
TO FOSTER LOVE FOR ALL
(THE TRUE MEANING OF YOGA)
I am a yoga teacher, a Yoga Ed educator (teaching yoga to teenagers) and a Social Anthropologist with a specialist ethnographic focus on South Asia. I have English, Indian, French and Portugese ancestry and grew up in Cambridge. In my late twenties I moved to London to study Social Anthropology before a stint working for an NGO in India investigating migration patterns of child labourers. By my mid thirties I was knee deep in kid's stuff with three of my own. By the time my fifties came around I found yoga again (having flitted with it in my youth) and I discovered a feeling of 'coming home'. I find comfort in the way yoga soothes and grounds my air and space dominant Vata mind and body. I have a notoriously busy mind, in yoga it's referred to as a 'monkey' mind and I use meditation to ground and quieten the chitta chatter or in Sanskrit also known as the 'chitti vritti'. I branched out into Ayurvedic study (often described as the sister science to yoga) which addresses wellbeing through the six pillars of movement, nutrition, sleep, meditation, emotions and self care and this is where I meet you. We start on the mat but really you take what is learned there off the mat and into daily life.
Being of Anglo Indian descent, I offer authentic yoga services and draw upon my experience as an Anthropologist and ayurvedic practices to help people in their journey to optimal health and wellbeing. Using personality analysis I create bespoke programmes - you can pick and choose which components you may wish to follow, all or some at the same time or ebb and flow as you choose.
Being an anthropologist, I am fascinated by people and to what makes us tick. I'm not just interested in the bright bubbly side but also look to those darker moments which, once illuminated, help us to connect with each other. When creating bespoke yoga programmes I therefore delve a little to find out a bit about you and your lifestyle. Understanding your personality and preferences or dislikes helps me to plan a class with you in mind. Additionally, the more of a connection you can make between your own mind, body and spirit, the greater enjoyment and progress you can make along your yoga path, I am here just to guide you. So, whether it be working towards a headstand, working up a sweat with a complete full body vinyasa flow workout, focusing on your hamstrings, practicing your backbends or simply sitting quietly in meditation, I will do my best to help you in your journey.