GARDEN STUDIO IN COOKHAM
For years I was a PA for small and large companies but always had a passion for Yoga and other fitness concepts, however I always came back to Yoga.
I have suffered with sciatica and I also have Spondylolisthesis and was referred to a physiotherapist. My condition was treated and Pilates was recommended.
I noticed that my posture was misaligned, due to age, sitting down for long periods of time and generally bad habits. After sessions with a chiropractor and physiotherapist because I was suffering with headaches, I discovered I had Spondylolisthesis in my lumbar spine and arthritis in my cervical spine. I had not at that time experienced any real pain and because I was practising Pilates and Yoga regularly I was doing what I needed to. I know what can aggravate it and avoid back bends which
I also have experienced sciatica which is painful and debilitating and can be a bi-product of spondy.
Both of these conditions are painful and Spondylolisthesis can be progressive and would need an operation is I got to Level 3. Since I was diagnosed in 2010 at Level 1-2 I have not experienced any problems and hope by putting in the work with Pilates and Yoga I can keep an operation at bay!!!
I started my training for my own personal reasons however, because the benefits are huge, I decided to start teaching and haven't looked back. My posture has improved immensely and I am aware that Yoga and Pilates is a lifetime improvement programme, one tried and tested over the years.
I completed my Yoga 200 hour alliance training with FRYOG, their motto is "Friendly yoga with a smile". I particularly enjoyed learning the philosophy and history of yoga and enjoyed reading and studying the spiritual texts, and have benefitted hugely in my life practising pranayama and meditation.
I also teach Body Balance which is a fitness yoga and includes a Tai Chi warm up, Yoga based Sun Salutations, Standing Strength and Balance exercises, Pilates abdominal and back exercises. It's a total body workout which increases your strength and flexibility.
And I incorporate my PureStretch training into all my classes............
For me, life is an ongoing learning experience and one which I embrace.
Yoga and Pilates complement each other and really do improve your life.
All other fitness now is my hobby!!!!