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 of me. I was deeply uncomfortable. To manage the problem of existence, I worked to make the world a better place, working in International Human Rights and participatory education. I always wanted to be the solution, but always ended up feeling like the problem.
Although my life might have looked like a success from the outside, I was stuck in the mud; a cycle of bad habits, destructive thinking and quick fix solutions.. I had a natural flare for finding solutions to ease my discomfort that gave instant relief, and then increased my discomfort - booze, sugar, caffeine, drugs, people, shopping, work. I experienced anxiety and stress. I was reactive and frequently overwhelmed by emotions.
I needed to make radical changes, I needed to be responsible for the life I was creating, and understand that I had the power to change. No more shame, no more blame, no more self-righteous judgement, no more grandiose plans. When I was brought to my knees I saw clearly that I didn’t know how to live my life, and yet I had a deep longing to live my life before it was over. When I admitted this, my life began to change. Life brought me what I needed - wonderful teachers and mentors, fascinating courses and trainings, life changing challenges and illness, transformative techniques, practices and programmes. The challenges I faced became lessons and learning, and the despair I 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 have tools to manage my internal world, and a framework to interact with the external world. 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 today to share the tools and techniques that have transformed my life. 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, Africa, Asia and the Americas. 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 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. 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.