I love to learn!
And I’ve always had an inquisitive mind and been interested in different areas. Learning just feels like part of the fabric of my life.
My main interests lie in bringing harmony to systems, in restoring balance. Everything (and everyone) that is out of balance naturally seeks to regain balance and I love to facilitate that process. Health, psychology, consciousness, yoga and wellbeing have been passions of mine for as long as I can remember. Yoga, in the real sense of the word, is about integrating. And what I like to do is to learn from different sources and integrate my learning and bring it to whatever it is I’m doing.
I have trained in mindfulness, yoga, psychology, buddhist philosophy, coaching and holistic nutrition, as well as having degrees in law and science.
I have been meditating and practising mindfulness since my first 10 day silent meditation retreat in Nepal in 2004. I had never meditated and I dived in at the deep end! it was the best and worst 10 days ever. I would not recommend that route! I have made every mistake in the book on my mindfulness and meditation journey – so am well equipped to help you avoid the pitfalls. I go on regular meditation retreats, meditate every day and have learnt with some wonderful teachers who are steeped in the meditative traditions but apply mindfulness to the modern world and modern living. Many of them are trained psychotherapists as well as mindfulness teachers. I have also trained as a mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute. I have developed a powerful online mindfulness training programme.
It’s no coincidence that I studied Holitic Health Coaching with the premiere Institute for Integrative Nutrition cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and well as my mindfulness training, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
I’ve also been lucky enough to study with a number of the world’s leading influences on yoga, including my main teachers: Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga founder), my mentor and current teacher, Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga/Yin founder), Ana Forrest (founder of Forrest Yoga ) and Ruth White (Karuna Yoga/Iyengar founder). I have Iyengar (500 hours), Yin (Insight International Course) and Forrest Yoga (200 hours) based teaching qualifications. I’m not interested in teaching yoga just for the sake of doing poses but more in how yoga, meditation and other practices serve our daily lives and influence who we are and what we do in the world.
On the more traditionally academic side, I studied Law (with French law) at University College London and have both a Masters in Law and Science (from the College of Europe and Imperial College). I’m an accredited mediator and facilitator and have worked as a lawyer in the City of London as well as Consulting and facilitating for governments and organisations around the world on topics including Energy, Environment and Development. I believe in re-organisational healing: starting where you are and moving towards your greatest potential.
I speak fluent English, French and Italian… and very poor German and Sanskrit!