My Yoga Journey - One of self discovery, mindset change and the story of
Peace Within Yoga Therapy.
Yoga changed my life. After graduating with a law degree, in 2002 I embarked upon a legal career. The job, with a prestigious law firm, demanded 12 hour days and weekend working in high-pressure conditions. With no focus on work-life balance from the company and little attention to self-care on my part I struggled with anxiety, frequent panic attacks and developed concerning physical stress-related conditions.
Having been told by various people of the benefits of yoga, particularly regarding managing stress, I plucked up the courage and I went to my first yoga class. I left with a smile on my face and a sense of peace that I had not felt for years and have practised yoga every day since. As a result of daily practice, my stress levels dropped dramatically, I stopped suffering panic attacks and I became more aware, insightful and content.
I had chosen a legal career with a view to helping others. As my yoga evolved from a practice to a way of life, I realised that I could offer people much more through yoga than I could through law. After a lot of research and introspection, in 2010 I took my first step and trained as a yoga teacher. For the following seven years in addition to my day job, I taught yoga during the evenings and at weekends. Many students that attended my classes had emotional, mental and physical concerns. Over the years, through feedback and observation, I witnessed the healing power of yoga - students reporting improvements in sleep patterns, reductions in levels of anxiety and physical pain and in the case of fibromyalgia sufferers, huge improvements in pain management. Through these experiences I came to know that I wanted to be a yoga therapist.
In 2017 I left my legal career and started the training. Over the next two years I completed various courses including a Post-graduate Yoga Therapy Diploma accredited by the British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and founded Peace Within Yoga Therapy. Now a fully Certified Yoga Therapist, I deliver training and workshops to yoga teachers, health professionals and educational institutions. I am also one of the lead tutors for the British Wheel of Yoga Yoga Therapy Diploma course, accredited by BCYT.