My own journey has included extensive practice and study with the Satyananda School of Yoga (12 years) and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya and Sri K Pattabhi Jois (12 years), as well as other systems such as Iyengar yoga, Oki yoga, Vini yoga and Chi Kung.
I have also had the good fortune of exploring traditional and new tantra, and for the last nine years I have been involved in explorations of the Vajrayana teachings of Tibet. Other explorations have been with Shamanic traditions mostly rooted in Native American teachings.
My practice has taken me through physical (somatic) practices, into working with breath and vibration (pranayama and mantra) and into meditative practice and ceremony. I love pragmatic and liberating Yogic philosophy and have studied, written and taught extensively around this visionary work.
I have also studied physical therapies, primarily Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Intuitive Massage and Structural Integration, all of which informs the hands-on facilitation work in my yoga teaching.
My study of yoga nidra with the Satyananda School of Yoga led me to an interest in metaphor and language and then storytelling, which I practised for a while. This introduced me to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which I studied to Trainer level. This then led me to study Clinical Hypnotherapy and Coaching. All of these strands are woven into my teaching and have also brought me full circle back to yoga nidra and dream yoga.
Free dance moves my heart and body and has led me through five rhythms, movement medicine and contact dance to the spontaneous movement practices of Asia. I will dance more!
I have also been studying the myo-fascial work of Thomas Myers and training with anatomy trains. This work builds on my former teaching of anatomy and physiology which itself was rooted in my training as a Biologist.
For me Yoga is still about us connecting to what is deeply real and true inside of ourselves. This connection is on every level, physical, energetic, emotional, cognitive and in connection to each other, the planet and that which is beyond time and space.
My teaching aims to help you to find what that is for yourself.
I took my first yoga class when I was seventeen, and over the last twenty years my mat has been a source of stability and support. I'm half Cypriot and half British and lived in London until 2012, when I moved to Cyprus.
I spent many years as a yoga practitioner, practising a range of styles including, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Iyengar. In the last 10 years, I gravitated to Sivananda and Anusara, which I then trained to teach in. I was also invited to complete a teacher training in YogaWorks and assist in following teacher training. Over nine years ago, I trained as a body worker in Thai massage and shiatsu. I continue to offer shiatsu at my studio – The Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus.
I have a Bsc Hons in Psychology and a postgraduate training in Psychotherapy and Counselling, as well as training and 3 years of practical experience in mentoring.
As a teacher, two of the most important aspects of practice that I try to facilitate are self-awareness and self-acceptance. I am a grounding presence in my classes and try to teach in a way that makes yoga as applicable to our lives as possible, helping my students learn how we can shed love and light on our shadows. My background in Psychology, Psychotherapy and bodywork enables me to work holistically and deeply with my students and clients.
My classes are rooted in Hatha yoga and are deeply connected to conscious movement through gentle, static poses, as well as dynamic, challenging, flowing movements.
Recently I have gravitated to working with pregnant women in my yoga and shiatsu work, as well as clients with injuries and mobility issues such as MS, as well as psychological and psychosomatic conditions. I have continued to develop my prenatal work through studying with the Birthlight Trust in Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, as well as fascinating work with Suzanne Yates and the extraordinary meridians of Chinese medicine.
I try to ensure that I'm providing a safe space to deepen into the journey of the self and for your alchemy to happen.