I have always been interested in yoga. I remember picking up a couple of books by Tara Fraser when I was a teenager, but not quite understanding what I was doing as I was sitting in Baddha Konasana in my bedroom. Later in my twenties, when I became ill with POTS, yoga was one of the few types of exercise I was told I could do, so I started Ashtanga and started to feel strong again.
But the time when yoga became integrated into my life was after suffering an assault in a foreign country whilst on a work trip, which left me with debilitating PTSD. I remember feeling like my mind was disconnected from my body; my head had gone elsewhere, and my mindless body was lethargic, yet anxious. Depressed, yet restless. I was sleep deprived from having recurring nightmares of the incident, and I avoided certain social events due to fear of what might happen. My support network was slim, and I was told I’d have to wait six months for therapy on the NHS.
In the meantime, my yoga practice was keeping me going; attending early morning Ashtanga Mysore classes, I found my support network. Not everyone knew the story, but even when the yoga shala was packed, people made room for me because they knew I needed yoga. My pranayama and meditation practice deepened in order to ground me. I started to reconnect my body, mind and soul.
Six months later, still suffering from PTSD, my NHS therapy was scheduled, but it wasn’t the right fit. Back to the drawing board. I ended up seeing a private psychodynamic counsellor, and things started to fit together again. But that was a whole 12 months after the initial incident. If I had not done my yoga practice, meditation and pranayama, I would not be here today, and that’s the truth. I would have taken a darker path.
Several years on, I still see a psychodynamic therapist every week, and my yoga practice is deeper than ever. I continue to work on maintaining the mind, body and soul connection, and now I seek to help others achieve the same.
Using my background in scientific research, I aim to provide yoga classes that are informed by peer-reviewed research, empowerment and self expression to reconnect mind and body, and help people connect back to a higher power. Both my scientific research and yoga classes add to the transformation of the world to help humanity through spirituality and science. I specialise in creating classes and programmes to help students transform from survivors to warriors, feeling powerful and strong.