My yoga story is common to many yogis in the western world: my initial interest in the physical practice of yoga sparked a desire to sink deeper into the ancient philosophical and spiritual world of yoga and, ultimately, led me along the path to teaching...
I first attended a yoga class in 2004 during my time as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds. After completing my degree in Biology, I pursued a career in wild cat conservation which resulted in me moving several times within the UK and travelling, fairly regularly, to far flung destinations. During this time I continued to dabble in yoga but it was in 2011, during the final year of my PhD at the University of Kent, that I developed a consistent yoga practice.
I was drawn back to yoga during the latter stages of my PhD as I wanted to bring movement into my body – something which was lacking due to the desk-based demands of thesis writing – and to de-stress. And, over time, I began to experience the physical and mental benefits of a regular practice.
Most of the classes I attended in the UK were influenced by Iyengar Yoga which focuses on the physical body, alignment, the use of props and the healing properties of specific postures (asanas). It was, however, when I discovered vinyasa (flow) yoga that I fell in love with the physical practice of yoga. Vinyasa classes enabled me to get the physical work out I craved but, best of all, this flowing practice became a moving meditation for me, helping me to draw my focus inward and away from the stresses of daily life outside the yoga studio. Over the next few years, I began practising more and more regularly, taking my mat with me on my regular trips to South Asia.
In January 2016, after five years of regular practice, I wanted to immerse myself more fully in yoga practice and philosophy. So, I took the plunge and signed up for my yoga teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Centre in Spain. The training was extremely intense but a wonderful experience, and confirmed for me that I wanted to teach and share the joy of yoga practice with others. I began teaching as soon as I got back to the UK.
The name Tigris Yoga comes from my work in the field of conservation which has focused largely on tigers, known as Panthera tigris in Latin. The name Tigris Yoga therefore reflects two of my great passions: wildlife - particularly wild cats - and yoga.
Who knows where my yoga journey will next take me but if you’d like to join me along the way why not come along and try one of my classes...