I first started practising yoga regularly with Ishwara shortly after I moved to Ulverston, Cumbria, in 2006. I found yoga classes were a great way to unwind from my demanding career as a journalist, and helped keep my body strong and supple for running, cycling, climbing and canoeing.
In 2009 my practice changed dramatically when I suffered a very sudden family bereavement. I no longer had the energy for outdoor pursuits, and just getting by was a struggle. I began to explore the use of meditation to deal with my grief, alongside traditional counselling.
When I became pregnant with my daughter in 2012, I once again turned to my yoga practice to help me cope with a life-changing event. A daily practice which included asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga nidra (guided relaxation) and meditation helped keep me healthy both physically and psychologically.
I continued to practice yoga following the birth of my daughter in September 2012. Yoga was invaluable for my postnatal recovery, and to help me cope with the everyday challenges of motherhood. My experience inspired me to share yoga with others, so in March 2014 I began a 200-hour teacher training course with Yogacampus.
I also undertook a pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher training course and yoga for a healthy menstrual cycle workshops, led by the inspirational Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. In June 2015 I became a qualified yoga teacher, and began teaching pregnancy and postnatal classes in Ulverston while pregnant with my son.
We welcomed our little boy to the world in December 2015, and I resumed teaching my classes in April 2016.