So what lead me to you?
These are 3 of the special moments in my life that lead me to be writing this page and you to be reading it:
Changing the world smelling of Pineapples:
It was the late 1980s. I walked into a shop in the English Midlands and decided I just had to work there. So I did. This place was a haven for wackiness, anything goes-ness, creativity and compassion. It was called The Body shop. Days were spent connecting with our local and global communities. Together pushed hard for change on human rights issues, environmental issues and against animal cruelty.
Oh, we sold some awesome stuff too.
It felt like a powerful place to be at the time. The staff and customers were a huge force to be reckoned with. We campaigned tirelessly and literally changed the world- smelling of pineapples!
This 13-year love affair with the Body Shop opened my eyes to a couple of important things:
- When we work together we’re stronger.
- We all have the right to feel loved, safe and supported in our communities.
Healing Hands and lots of Sand:
Years later, as the new millennium dawned, my husband and I moved to what was then a little-known country in the Middle East called Dubai.
Over the years I had become qualified in a few healing techniques. Aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, reiki- to name a few.
So there amongst the mystical desert scenery, when camels still roamed wild and Dubai was a sleepy seaside town, I went to work in an Holistic Healing clinic and set off on the path that lead me here to you.
It was whilst I was working in that magical corner of the desert my education on food began in earnest. I saw that it was possible to prevent, slow down or even eliminate many chronic conditions through proper food, lifestyle and self care habits.
And, I learned this:
- Hippocrates nailed it when he said, ‘let food be thy medicine’
- Food nowadays isn’t what it was when grandma was a girl.
- Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure
- Poor nourishment leads to physical, emotional and spiritual discontent.
Do Yoga Be Happy:
Fast forward 7 years and we found ourselves living on a tiny Middle Eastern island called Bahrain.
So here comes the game changer:
There I was introduced to a Yoga teacher like none I had met before. His devotion to his guru and loyalty to the traditional teachings of the ancient Yogic texts had me looking at Yoga through a totally new lens. After a couple of years as a student, I decided that it was time to share the Yoga love by training to be a Yoga teacher.
I searched on line for days and eventually up popped a website whose tagline was ‘Do Yoga, Be Happy’ I signed up straight away. Well, you would, wouldn’t you?
I went to live and study in an Ashram in Kerala, South India, for a month and came back hopelessly in love with the country, its food, it’s people and Sivananda Yoga.
I took the plunge and began teaching Yoga full time.
Two years later I returned to the same Ashram and took a residential course in Ayurveda.
Not long afterwards I began my studies as a Yoga Health coach. I learned how to put all of the tried and tested wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda together and I created a programme based on Ayurvedic self care which helps people to heal, thrive and age healthily.
Yoga and Ayurveda has opened my eyes to these things:
- Lasting happiness is inside, not outside.
- We’re the same, you and me.
- When we forget we’re connected to natures rythmns we suffer.
An Attitude of Gratitude:
I’m thankful to those who teach and guide me. I thank the great masters. I thank the stars for aligning and giving me those joyful and powerful moments when my lifes purpose and passion becomes a reality through my work. I thank my clients and students for being my inspiration and the force that drives me to keep learning and to keep serving.
So, what lead you to me?
I thank you for reading my story. I’d love to hear more about yours. Where are you in your wellness journey? I’d love to hear from you.
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