Movement was my freedom growing up. I spent almost every evening in the dance studio and I travel to dance competitions most weekends...but the thing I loved most in life was fashion.
I was born and raised in London, so as soon as I was old enough I'd jump on the tube and sneak into London fashion week shows with my friends (back when that was possible, believe it or not!) I'd watch in awe, dreaming that one day that would be my show!
When I was 17 I stopped dancing and dove head first into pursuing my dream of being a fashion designer. Wanting some kind of physical outlet to stay healthy I found my brothers Nintendo Wii Fit (those of a certain age will remember those!) and that was where I discovered yoga for the first time - yep, really!
I continued practicing yoga on youtube through college and the first years of my fashion degree...but then things changed.
Work started to pile up and any kind of movement went out the window. I started becoming more and more anxious, I developed an unhealthy relationship with food, I started to believe in myself less and less and I completely fell out of love with what I was doing. Fashion, the path I thought was my big dream, became a source of darkness and I started to question everything...
I vividly remember sitting up alone one night: I was in my final year of my degree and I stayed up late to work on a project, as I did pretty much every night! I had a moment of clarity where I looked deeply at what I was doing and had a pounding realisation that, the sparkling dream I'd had of a life in fashion wasn't actually what I wanted. Then *literally* out of nowhere I had a thought: "screw this, I'm going to be a yoga teacher!"...at the time I laughed it off, because believe it of not I'd never actually practiced yoga outside of my bedroom by that point, I'd never set foot in a yoga studio or practiced with a real teacher!
But it was a thought that began to haunt me...
So much so that after I'd finished my degree in 2012 I took a leap of faith and travelled to India to compete my 200hr teacher training - I mean, when something haunts you like that, you've gotta follow it! In the end I did it with the intention of getting the idea out of my system, just to answer the call and to learn for the sake of learning; without a single expectation or plan to really teach afterwards.
That trip to India became the first of MANY.
Since then I've taught everywhere, to anyone who would listen: in country village halls, in the most respected yoga studios in London, in a private home in the Seychelles, celebrities in 5* hotel rooms, CEOs and a few members of the Arabian royal family.
I've seen that no matter who you are, your background, privilege, age, body type or physical ability: yoga can help you. It has a way of slowly working its magic through you, however you need it to.
It's been a guiding light for me and can't wait to share it with you!