I first stepped onto a yoga mat in 1999, 10 weeks pregnant with my third child.I knew after a few weeks that there was something magical going on inside me during the class, as I left each week feeling liberated and uplifted.
I went to my Wednesday Hatha class with Barbara Occleshaw religiously and soon studied Reiki also and looked into becoming a teacher.
However, because of having my three boys to look after, living on my own in a caravan and not earning much money at the time, it was way out of my reach. It took me another 12 years to find the time, energy and money to enrol at the Dru International Centre in Bethesda and start my journey on the Teacher Training course.
I fell in love with yoga all over again when I discovered Dru. A natural progression from Hatha for me, I loved being trained to be a teacher and I still love studying, reading, absorbing and discovering more and more about yoga every day. And I want to share that with people from all walks of life. I have now trained also as a Dru Meditation Teacher and am continuing my professional development in back care later this year. I love trying out different styles of yoga and going to yoga event, festivals and meeting other yoga teachers here in North Wales.
My ART & DESIGN Story
As well as all the usual crafty things I did as a kid, I LOVED making things when I was growing up! I was making my own Christmas presents at the age of 14 and my own clothes by the time I was 16. I started my first business at the age of 19 as a dressmaker.
From making clothes from patterns, doing alterations and making curtains etc, I trained in pattern-cutting and then specialised in designing and creating bespoke wedding dresses until I was 28, when life threw a curve-ball at me and I got divorced and moved into a caravan with my two small children.
Off to college I went to train in design, embroidery, textiles and print. Through the passion of amazing teachers, I came to see the world in terms of design; layers of spring leaves, texture of tree bark, colour theory playing out in nature. I took up my camera and started exploring the world, turning images into design ideas.
I started making hand-made cards, then framed pictures, wall-hangings and mini sculptures. But jewellery took the lead role when it came to making a marketable product and so I refined my techniques, discovered working with biscuit tins to use the colour and print in a new, imaginative way and developed a range of jewellery. I had a wee shop in Bodnant Gardens for three years but soon took off to trade shows to sell direct to other shops, galleries and boutiques.
I ran my Creative business in all it's form for 12 years, but sadly closed it in May 2016 due to the gift market being overwhelmed with cheaper imports and the UK's appetite for cheap and cheerful fashion products like jewellery pushing small manufacturing companies into liquidation. There is a small market for handmade products in this country and I personally prefer to own handmade products. I will return to making a small collection of jewellery for the yoga market in the near future. Back to my roots and where it all began; on my kitchen table.