I founded Yoga Bliss Cardiff in September 2018.
I took my first yoga class in 2012, primarily as a form of exercise and a way to improve flexibility to balance my running and cycling and I felt the physical benefits very quickly. However, the mental and emotional benefits were an unanticipated bonus that that kept me going back for more!
The holistic nature of yoga has helped me recover from recurring injuries, manage chronic illness, cope with stressful life events (lockdown anyone?) and find a bit of peace - even if only for a few minutes.
I wanted to deepen my practice and learn more and so I decided to train as a teacher. I am a certified 200hr yoga instructor, gaining my qualification from a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga school in the summer of 2018 and am fully insured. I continue to read extensively and attend workshops as often as possible to keep up to date, inspired and motivated.
You may not think it to look at me, but I manage chronic back and joint pain, due to injury and a connective tissue disorder. I was signed off sick for months at one job because the pain meant I could hardly walk. I couldn't sit, stand or lie down for any length of time without pain. I do my best to manage the pain and some days are better than others. But it is always there, niggling away.
Also, last December 2020, I contracted COVID-19. I was very unwell although fortunately did not need hospitalising. My recovery has been slow and even now - having had covid a second time in January 2022 - I am dealing with Long Covid symptoms - tinnitus, dizziness, fatigue (oh, the fatigue!) and brain fog to name a few. Mostly because the brain fog means I forget the other things!
For months, my yoga practice was essentially sitting and breathing. But that made the world of difference to me, and maybe it will to you too!
My style is inclusive and adaptable. Sometimes challenging, I like to take a playful approach to yoga. I think it is important to increase strength and flexibility, both on and off the mat, and yoga is a wonderful way to do this. My classes have an emphasis on mindful movement and body awareness.
I take a functional approach to yoga, over aesthetics. My motto is, it isn't what it looks like, it's what it feels like that matters. The depth of your yoga pose doesn't mean you are "better" at yoga. How your body looks in a pose doesn't mean as much as how your body feels in a pose. Your version is the only expression you need.
I am a firm believer that if you can breathe, you can do yoga. I am enthusiastic about sharing all of the joy that yoga has to offer and I am passionate about making yoga available to everyone, no matter their personal, physical, financial or social situation.
My aim to help you to find that little bit of bliss.
Qualifications and training
Qualified Yoga Teacher - 200hr Vinyasa (September 2018)
Trained at a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga school
Introduction to Human Biology (April 2019)
30 credit unit at the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education, Cardiff University
Advanced Certified Nutrition Diploma (February 2021)
Level 5 Diploma in Nutrition accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN)
Yoga for Seniors CPD (September 2021)
20 hour certificate course with yoga therapists Kimberly Carson & Carol Krucoff
Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition (September 2021)
University of Winchester - accredited for 30 hours by The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Accessible Yoga Training (October 2021)
35 contact hours Continuing Education Units with Accessible Yoga
Therapeutic Yoga in Cancer Care (October 2021)
5-day CPD with Julie Robinson and Dr Bryony Hughes
Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Training Intensive (November 2021)
32 hour blended course in collaboration with Accessible Chair Yoga CIC and The Minded Institute
Diploma in Yoga Therapy for Yoga Professionals, The Minded Institute (starts April 2022)
580 hour Diploma accredited by The British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and The Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT)