Tell us a little bit about yourself… Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in the UK, just outside of London but for the past 10 years, I’ve lived in Spain on the Alicante coast. It’s a very beautiful area with long, gorgeous beaches set against an impressive backdrop of coast hugging mountains that tumble down to the sea. The scenery here is always changing & totally breath-taking. For the first time in my life, I live with a sea view & now, I don’t think I could live without it. When I lived in the UK, I was juggling a full time event management & marketing role, teaching yoga in the evenings, raising a young family & fitting in as much ‘friend & family’ time as my busy schedule would allow. I’m ashamed to say that when I lived in the UK, my daughter (who was under 2) spent up to 10 hours a day at a childminder whilst myself & my husband worked.
Where do you currently teach and what is a typical day like for you?
I became quite ill in the UK whilst trying to maintain the ‘dream lifestyle’ & so we moved to Spain to take a break from the stress of urban living & to spend more time with our daughter. I always felt at my happiest when I was on my yoga mat & so, shortly after moving here, I begun teaching yoga to the Spanish & local ex-pat population. Six months after arriving in Spain, some friends from the UK asked if they could come & visit for a few days, do some yoga & have us show them around the area – which we did. From this little visit, a seed of a business idea grew & later that year, we launched our website offering Yoga Breaks in Spain for stressed out individuals just like we used to be! So now, a typical day for me would include some yoga (naturally!) – either me teaching or attending a class, a little marketing for our yoga holidays or replying to inquiries and being around for my daughter when she comes home from school. Definitely a better lifestyle & of ‘being’ than my old life in the UK.
How many years have you been teaching? Who were you mostly influenced by?
You have some retreats coming up, tell us a little about them.
What is the most challenging part of organizing a retreat?
What inspires you to lead these retreats?
What advice do you give your students looking to change themselves through Yoga?