I used to ask myself, ‘What’s the point?’. Life was a struggle; I didn’t like what was going on in the world, or what was going on inside me. I was deeply uncomfortable. I wanted to make the world a better place hoping that would fix things, so I worked in International Human Rights and participatory education.
Running an organisation in my thirties, my life may have looked like a success, but I was stuck in the mud. I had a natural flare for finding solutions that gave instant relief, but then increased my discomfort - booze, sugar, caffeine, drugs, shopping, work. I experienced anxiety and stress. I was reactive and in private (I”m English after all) frequently overwhelmed by emotions.
Then life brought me to my knees. It felt like everything was falling apart. And it was. It had to for real change to take place. In the seeming chaos and despair of that time I saw clearly that I didn’t know how to live life, and yet I had a deep longing to learn. When I admitted this, my life began to change. Life brought me what I needed - wonderful teachers and mentors, life changing challenges and illness, transformative techniques, practices and trainings. The challenges I faced became portals for lessons and learning, and the despair I had felt began to transform into quiet gratitude and wonder.
I am not the person I used to be. Today my life is deeper, richer and more fulfilling than I ever knew possible. I don’t say this to boast or brag, but because it proves that if I can live an enjoyable and fulfilling life, anyone can!
It is a pleasure and a privilege to share the tools and techniques that have changed my life with those on the path of healing and transformation. Through this work I have the opportunity to see again and again, how amazing people are and what is possible when we make a conscious choice to change. Working with people who are up for the challenge keeps me inspired and motivated to keep learning and growing myself.
My approach draws on over 14 years of coaching experience. I first trained as a Self Expression and Leadership Coach, and worked with individuals and teams in the UK, Asia, the Americas and Africa. This experience convinced me of the power of coaching, and showed me how the greatest obstacle to us fulfilling our potential is ourselves.
A month after I began my training as a Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I’m forever grateful for that year of study, community and healing. Since that time I have been offering Life Changes Coaching; working locally in Liverpool, and on-line with women around the world.
I am qualified in psychometric testing, a great tool for gauging your natural strengths and weaknesses. And also trained in using the Strategy Spring Board, a fantastic tool for mapping your buisiness, project or working life. It has an amazing ability to reveal blind spots, bring clarity and unexpected insights.
I studied Eastern philosophy and religion for my degree in Comparative Religion but my introduction to yoga came from my Dad. He would practice every morning in the living room, and as a child I enjoyed trying to disturb his tranquil state of being. I never did, he’s a very patient man! Although I loved doing headstands with my Father, I didn’t start practicing yoga regularly until my late twenties. I began with Iyengar Yoga and then explored other schools, before being introduced to Kundalini. Today yoga is the foundation of my life, it makes so much possible. Yoga has taught me how to live a life worth living.
I’m a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and have specialised in Yoga for Mastering the Addictive Personality with Carolyn Cowan. I have found yoga to be a great tool for breaking unhealthy patterns and habits, of which I’ve had many! I’ve also trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, and many wonderful and inspiring teachers who have informed and deepend my understanding and my practice. I trained as a meditation teacher with Traditional Yoga, and have practiced under Dr ALV Kumar.