I have always been excited by ideas, language, literature, travel and writing so started my career in Barcelona where I trained to be an English teacher. It naturally follows that I also love exploring myths, stories and archetypes. After half a lifetime of gaining professional and personal experience, working with all kinds of students preparing for exams in an increasingly pressured environment, I realised that the greatest gift we have is our physical and mental health. I first tried yoga in 1985 as a student but it wasn't very accessible to me when I lived in Spain. Back in the UK, I rekindled my love for it and started a meditation practice, never dreaming that this could be a career. In 2017 I made a life-changing decision to use the skills I had gained in teaching, counselling and leadership to make a difference to the wellbeing of many people, training with YogaCampus to get qualified as a yoga teacher and mindfulness coach. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In fact, it has felt to me as if I am coming home to my true self! I love teaching yoga and connecting with students from all walks of life. I now specialise in beginners' courses, creating flowing sequences and restorative yoga. I am still learning and always will be. In 2019, I also trained in Qi Gong for Yoga teachers and my other love is Yoga Nidra and visualisation. I understand what it is like to have a stressful job, to be a single parent and to suffer from chronic migraines, as I have had all these experiences. I also now know what it is like to be in an older body! If any of this resonates with you, I look forward to meeting you on the mat and hope that practising yoga with me will bring a sense of joy; that it will be both energising and relaxing.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar
Why Lemon Zest Life?
I travelled to Sorrento in May 2017, just before I started my yoga teacher training. I wanted to see Pompeii but what I hadn’t realised was how beautiful and prolific the lemons trees were. I have always loved lemons; their aromatic tang has an exotic feel but at the same time feels reassuringly familiar. In fact , if you have ever been there, you'll know that the Amalfi coast would not be the same without them; and it seems the lemon groves date back to Roman times.
I travelled up through the steep terraced hills and saw they were planted in all the available space on the route up from Sorrento to Massalubrense and beyond. There is hardly a family in the area that does not have a small or large plot of land of lemon trees, passed down through hard work and sacrifice. Lemon groves also offer stability to the landscape. In fact, in terms of the environment they have a huge part to play, preventing erosion as they put down roots on the steep mountainsides, preserving the soil from instability.
When I was there, I knew I needed a change in my life. I came up with the name Lemon Zest Life, not really knowing where my first steps on the teacher training course would lead me; I recognised this was the kind of life I wanted but not the form it would take. All I felt was that I was burnt out and it had to stop.
Now I realise why the name resonated. It was what I already sensed. Our practice can anchor us like the roots of the tree, and bear bright fruit. Yet it takes dedication, creativity and often patience. It calls for a love and respect for the Earth. Yoga also has a long tradition which should be understood and appreciated.
Above all, yoga needs to be experienced and lived. This sense of enquiry can change you from within. You cannot learn it by reading, explaining or even demonstrating it and it has to be personal to you. This is what I hope to share, to enable you to find it for yourself.