In addition to teaching yoga, I’m an artist, a children’s book illustrator for The Grub Tales, co-author of holistic health book 7 Steps to Whole Health: Your Guide to Ultimate Wellbeing (2016), and I hold a Level 2 Certificate in Reiki Healing, which I have been practising for the last twenty years.
I grew up a cultural hybrid. Originally from Portugal, taken there by my British parents when I was just 3 months old, I attended a French school until I was 18, and studied Spanish at university. After a corporate career in financial services, followed by opening my own translation company, I moved onto fulfilling my passion of teaching yoga full-time.
With my two dogs and two cats, I live in a little old cottage in the middle of the Wild West of Ireland in County Tipperary. When I'm not teaching or writing, I work on a little eco-project that we have going here on the land around the cottage. I love to dance and sing, I play the piano and flute, and am part of a historic brass and reed band. A couple of things I can't live without...a good old cup of English breakfast tea, and a Portuguese rissol de camarão...
My personal journey with yoga is my inspiration for sharing it with you - from the strength, stability and grounding energy of a flow practice, to the slower, restful and more meditative restorative practice - all with the aim of making it serve YOU.
I certified as a 200-hour Hatha Flow Yoga teacher. I then furthered my studies and qualified in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga, moving into teaching with a more functional approach.
2008 is when my journey with yoga started, being introduced to an energetic ashtanga and vinyasa-based practice. From the time I first stepped on the mat, I felt at peace when practising, and so I began to delve into the practice and its ability to open doors towards physical, mental and emotional healing. As the years went by, I turned to a slower and more therapeutic and restorative-based approach, which was what my body was asking for at the time.
Functional Yoga works with the fact that your body is uniquely shaped and constructed, from fascia, tendons, ligaments and muscles, to bones and everything in between. Practitioners are encouraged to adapt asanas and movement to their body. Their unique differences, abilities and limitations are acknowledged as part of the practice so that the body flourishes from movement that suits it down to the little toe.
Struggling for years with body image, work-induced stress from a 10-year corporate career, injuries resulting from pushing myself too hard, and the physical and emotional trauma of recurrent miscarriages, I found myself on the path of self-inquiry and practising yoga to serve my body and my “self”. This led me onto the path of Functional Yoga, a practice that adapts itself to your body, and not the other way around.
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