Professional Yoga Therapist for Teens aged 11-21 years www.teenyoga.com certified to teach yoga anatomy, physiology, socio-psychology and neuroscience.
Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher for children aged 4-11 years, London 2011 www.calmforkids.com
YogaKids Foundation Certificate awarded, Singapore, 2007 www.yogakids.com
Member & Specialist Teacher of the Yoga Alliance UK for Schools
Member of the UK's PSHE Association
DBS approved (Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority)
Qualified Children's First Aider: www.childmatters.co.uk
£7M professional liability insurance for as a Specialist Yoga teacher: www.wellbeinginsurance.co.uk
I discovered the benefits of yoga in the mid 90's as a young and ambitious marketer in the UK's financial sector - it kept me grounded amid the stresses, challenges & busyness of life. As my career progressed into Senior Marketing Management, yoga and meditation became a weekly life-line to decompress and relax.
In 2003, I seized the opportunity to live and work in Asia, where I began to practice yoga everyday. It was transformational and rekindled a real passion in me because of the way it made me feel - healthy, confident, composed and more 'self-aware' than I had ever been.
During my first year in Hong Kong, I volunteered for two Christian children's charities, namely Mothers' Choice (who provide a boarding home and school for abandoned, pregnant teenagers, in addition to offering foster and adopted homes for their new-born babies); and secondly the Matilda Child Development Centre (a pre-school for children with autism and mental disabilities) where I worked as a Teaching Assistant. Both charities truly captured my heart and became life-changing experiences that would later support my bold move into the education sector.
The following year, I relocated from Hong Kong to Singapore, and enrolled on the YogaKids (YK) Teacher Training foundation course. Excited by what I had learned and its philosophical approach to a 'whole-child' education, I successfully passed the course and began working with my YK Mentor, Miss Hasna, a truly inspirational teacher and founder of Positive Focus (www.positivefocus.com.sg). I inherited a true passion for sharing how the brain works and the benefits of adopting a growth mindset in our children, way ahead of its introduction into UK schools.
In 2010, I returned to the UK and the following year, graduated from Calm For Kids. I began to gain experience teaching yoga & mindfulness to children at a local Montessori primary school in Berkshire.
After a fixed-term marketing management role ended in 2014, I couldn't wait to return to teaching yoga & mindfulness and offered a variety of weekly classes to: infant and primary pupils of LVS Independent Junior School, Ascot; and students across Key Stages 1,2 and 3 at a private space in Surrey. I also offered Yoga in Summer Camps to students of Heathfield School, Ascot; and began leading a series of experiential "Mindfulness in Schools" teacher training to St. George's Teenage Girls Boarding School, Ascot.
In 2015 my family relocated to Marlow, Buckinghamshire UK, and I officially launched Joyful Hearts Creative Yoga & Mindfulness for Teens & Kids the following year. My working week consists of healthy balance of teaching Yoga in schools, namely Sir William Borlase Grammar School, Marlow and Wycombe High School for Girls. I specialise in 1:1 yoga & mindfulness tuition for children and teens with specific behavioural issues or special learning needs (identified by schools or parents); I continue to volunteer within my local community, providing R.E. focused mindfulness for local infant schools, as well as Holy Yoga for a teen girls youth group called C.A.K.E for All Saints Church, Marlow.
It is my hope that every child/teen I have the privilege to spend time with, will prioritise and learn to appreciate the preciousness of personal down-time; and cherish the transformational changes a regular yoga and/or mindfulness practice can have, to positively shape their young lives as they grow into adulthood.
I believe each and every child should be given access to the very best start in life - regardless of background; and if I can create a spark of curiosity and show young people the benefits and efficacy of connecting in body-mind and soul, by taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing, then I will be fulfilling my ambition for Joyful Hearts.