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About me

Story In Numbers

 

900+ plus happy hours spent working with my clients

15 year love affair with Tibetan Buddhism

31 years old

5 years working and travelling the world with the circus

5 months in India studying Buddhism and Meditation

5 years sober and living clean

3 more essays to complete my Counseling and Psychotherapy Qualification

2 Passports, USA Born, Welsh-raised

1st class Hons degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

1 year teaching dance and movement at a refugee camp in Berlin

1 month running the woman’s dance and movement program at a refugee camp in Athens

1 language Well Spoken – English,  2 not so well, yet 😉 – German and Tibetan

0 regrets

 

Personal and Professional Training

 

Level 1 Precision Nutrition Certification, pending

Yoga & Mindfulness for Addiction, Minded Institute London

Total Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training, Yoga Campus London

4 Day Workshop With Kino Macgregor, Jivamukti Berlin

7 Day Ashtanga Intensive with Laruga Glaser, Yoga Rebellion Berlin

Rainbow of Desires (Boal) facilitator training, Cardboard Citizens, London

 

Yoga Nidra Immersion Weekend, Yoga Campus London

Vipassana 10-day Silent retreat, Germany

Meditation 101, FPMT, Online

4 Month Tibetan Language Immersion, Esukhia, India

Why I do it

I know what it is like to struggle with your body (and mind) and not know what to do.

As a youth I did gymnastics, trampolining and athletics. As an adult I have been through the mill of gyms, aerobics, dance workouts, running, cycling, spinning, pilates, yoga, interval training, you name it I’ve tried it and I’ve also done a lot of nothing and hiding from it all. I despaired, hated, violated, rejected, battled and resisted my body for as long as I can remember, not looking in mirrors, not wanting to be seen and my behavior patterns were unhealthy.

But now, the years of  re-training myself, my habits, my mind, changing my lifestyle, working hard, asking for help and support has paid off – in a big way – the journey continues, as ever. I am not fixed; I am not fine; I have not reached any pinnacle; I have so much ahead of me and there is daily, sometimes hourly maintenance to do,  but I overcame some major, longstanding hurdles, and now I help other people do the same.

I have suffered with disordered eating, addiction and depression and work daily and consistently to keep myself happy and healthy. There is maintenance involved, it isn’t always easy, but I have a lot of experience in how to do this, how to keep myself ‘up’ and safe and stop from slipping too far down again.

Over the years I have learned enough to feel confident and able to help other people. I see myself as a ‘partner/encourager/motivator’ in people’s experience. By no means do I claim to know it all or have a quick fix – this isn’t the way it works. Anyone that tells you otherwise is lying.

The body is an incredible thing and we owe it to ourselves to love it and nurture it. If we look after our body/mind, our experience of life is transformed.

I have quit drinking and smoking and taken up yoga, fitness and dance in the past 5 years. I know how hard it can be to break bad habits and learn good ones, but it can be done and I can help people do it.

I am kind, encouraging, committed and compassionate. I am not a slave driver, but I will make you work and address your problems face on, with constructive feedback, dialogue and a smile. Reshaping our body, and the life it lives, is a difficult thing to do and I aim to make it a positive journey that people want to be on.

I know how much your life can change if commit yourself to a new way of living, achieve your goals, overcome problems, challenge yourself , see growth and transformation both internally and externally. For me feeling strong in my body and learning to like what I see when I look in the mirror has changed my life. My movement and fitness journey has meant that I’ve lost weight and grown muscle, but that’s not the point of all this, it’s a by-product. By learning to look after myself and love myself, I have created a healthier being to move with.

In the past I struggled and despaired and hid my body and hated it, but through diet, yoga, positive  dialogue with myself and a consistent practice I am no longer in a desperate battle. I have found methods that work and I can help people do the same. I also encourage you to do your own reading and research and empower yourself with knowledge and other people’s stories and practices – there are some resources I recommend here

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