Such a lovely class from Miriam this morning at Lake View Yoga via Zoom-having the choice to visit the studio or live stream Hatha classes is perfect for me. Today’s class explored side bends & twists which was perfect after a more sedentary week..I loved it. Lou x
How long have you been practicing yoga?
I trained and performed as a dancer and one day took an Ashtanga yoga class. I was struck by the wonderful flow of the movement and breath sequences, but also by the fact that it was how the movement felt, rather than what it looked like, that mattered. This was such a revelation after years of professional dance and I have been practicing ever since.
How long have you been a qualified teacher?
I qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2012.
What do students love about your classes?
My students enjoy the calm, nurturing environment of my classes. I encourage an exploratory approach in all my classes, helping people to understand how to find ways of practicing yoga that are the most beneficial for them. I am also a yoga teacher trainer and have used this experience to really break down different postures and building up to them. I am also known for my music playlists!
What’s the one area of teaching yoga you know you really get excited about when thinking about your clients & classes?
I am interested in how we can use these age old teachings to help us function in this world with more ease and so bring this in an accessible way into my classes. It is very important to me that in all classes people have the chance to move, but also to learn different breathing techniques and ways to turn their attention inwards, so that yoga can become a process of getting to know yourself better.
What would people come to you for a one-to-one for? What are your area of expertise?
People come to me for one-to-ones when they feel they want some extra support and care. I have worked with people with osteoporosis and nerve damage and feel really passionate about tailoring yoga to meet the needs of each individual I see.
Which teachers have you trained with or work-shopped with in the past? What trainings are you doing/about to do/thinking of doing right now?
I took regular classes in with Kevin Donovan at the Brighton Buddhist Centre and did my British Wheel of Yoga 500 hours teacher training with Janet Bond in Seaford. I have worked with the senior teacher Naomi Absalom, who has mentored me. I recently trained in specialist areas of yin yoga, post-natal yoga and yoga for teenagers. I am about to go on a training course with Jason Crandell, on updating vinyasa flow yoga to make sure it stays safe, effective and relevant to yoga participants. In the future I would like to train to teach mindfulness and I am also interested myofascial release training
What most excites you about your work & the contribution you make at Crawley Yoga?
As a long time mover and educator in movement I am passionate about finding ways for everyone to keep maintain or improve the strength and mobility of their body in a balanced and holistic way. I also really believe that we spend most of our lives focussing on doing and trying to achieve and that yoga is a much needed space where we can have a break from that and practice exploring movement, breath and the mind with a sense of non-judging. Even though this is hard, it is really worth practising!
Where can we find you when you are not at Crawley Yoga & in your free time?
Spending time with my seven year old son and my husband where we play a lot of lego, dance around the living room to cheesy tunes (this is mainly just me!) and go for walks. I love reading and like cooking too. Although I try to live healthily I believe you shouldn’t deny what you enjoy so I do like to have glass of prosecco with some nice crisps on occasion too!