I’m passionate about people connecting better with their bodies. By tapping into greater physical, creative, spiritual potential through a yoga practice that is curious, open. 

Much of my life has been spent training in the creative body. Diverse years studying movement, performance, opera and visual arts furthering my fascination with the body’s ability to creatively express, and yoga being elemental in that journey since I emerged jelly - kneed from an Iyengar class in my teens. 

My practice and teaching incorporates flowing movement, philosophical teachings & playful proprioception work, combining my studies in anatomy and experience curating contemporary sacred space. As a grubby child with adventurous parents who loved to travel I became and continue to be much inspired by nature, how the elements weave their ways through our bodies and practice enlivens our awareness of them. I'm interested in how this enriches our connection to the world around us.

I love to chant! These often colour my classes, more modern Kirtan inspired ones and traditional Vedic ones too, regular students know the fun we have shedding our need to sing them tunefully. 

 Yoga for me is the coming together of creative spirit, strong body and open mind, to feel fully alive.

As well as public & one to one classes, I love teaching internationally at festivals & working within my local Bristol community to bring yoga and arts practices to more isolated groups. In essence, the root of my desire to teach is to build community through holistic practice so I often run wellbeing projects in schools, and work in the mountains in Bulgaria once a year curating a wellbeing space called Mesa at Meadows. Running workshops and retreats across the UK with my teacher and friend Steve Taylor alongside that.


I'm ever grateful to my teachers, having studied Hatha Yoga with Gaurav Malik & Kate Osman, Forrest Yoga with Guardian Jambo Truong and Vinyasa with Suzanne Lahusen & Graham Burns. I learnt much from the Qigong teachings of wonderful Mimi Kuo Deemer during my time living in London too. My practice has taken me across the world, teaching residencies in Indonesia to running workshops in London & Bulgaria. Exploring Kundalini, Anusara with Bridget Woods Kramer and gathering wisdom from Jivamukti, Yin & Iyengar with Dorinda Hulton over the years.


Deeper learning:

Forrest Yoga CET with Jambo Truong 

Preventing & Healing Injuries through Yoga Immersion with Leslie Kaminoff

Embodied Mama pregnancy yoga with Satu Tuomela

Vinyasa Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions with Suzanne Lahusen & Graham Burns

Defying Gravity: Inversions with Hortense Suleyman

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage L 1, 2 & 3 with Steve Taylor


I have oceans of gratitude for the writings of Anodea Judith, Patti Smith, TKV Desikachar and many more that have brought colour to grey nights.

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
T.K.V Desikachar



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