"Yoga takes you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a journey, whether you like it or not!" Vanda Scaravelli.
I began discovering the power of a regular yoga practise under the guidance of my first amazing Hatha Yoga teacher, Barbara Occleshaw in 1999 in a draughty church hall in Colwyn Bay. Since my first class on that rainy January Wednesday evening, I was hooked and terrified at the same time! I knew I had stumbled upon something life-changing...needless to say, I didn’t miss a single class unless I wasn’t in Wales!! I could barely touch my knees, let alone my toes but over time my body loved to movement and the breathwork and my mind learned to settle into the stillness of meditation. I was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of my very first class and I even took baby Tom to classes in his car seat after he was born and breast-fed him between postures! My weekly class became my anchor through the stormy seas of life.
I wanted to teach from early on, but the cost and commitment of training with the responsibilities of being a single Mum with three boys under 10 meant that it was beyond my reach until 12 years after my first class, the right time was now. Looking up Teacher Training in North Wales on Google, I found the Dru Yoga website and an Open Day happening the very next weekend, so I dragged a willing friend along and met some of the amazing teachers at the Dru Yoga Training centre in Bethesda in the heart of beautiful Snowdonia. Four months later I was on my first Teacher Training weekend. My years of waiting patiently for my dream to come true, was finally paying off!
Of course, I made new friends on the teacher training course, Helen, Palvinder and I all help and support each other now we are all teaching. Here in the photo, we are all dressed up in Palvinder's saris at a Dru celebration event in Bethesda.