ABOUT ME

I’m a flute player at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a yoga teacher for musicians and a passionate performance wellbeing advocate. I completed my first yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India in 2018 and have been teaching and further educating myself on this subject ever since. I’ve delivered Musicians’ Yoga sessions for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

MY STORY

When I was a kid, I used to spend nearly every afternoon at the music school. My life literally revolved around music, it was a place where I fit in and felt like I excelled at something that I loved. Fast forward into my late teens, I decided to pursue music as a career. And with that decision, lots of other things came up,  self-pressure and back pain from hours spent practicing to name just a few.

It was not long after that, that I tried my first yoga class in an attempt to find a way to ease my back pain and, quite frankly, to get fit. What I didn’t expect was that I’d become a complete yoga addict for life. Not only was I able to feel good again in my body, but yoga was just about the only place where I could let go of all the pressures of being a music college student. Even just showing up to the class and doing my best felt like an accomplishment.

So it wasn’t surprising that after a few years of practicing yoga, I started to play around with the idea of becoming a yoga teacher myself to share the benefits of yoga with other people. It took a few more years, not to mention a hefty encouragement from a trusted yoga teacher friend, for me to finally take the leap and go study yoga in India in 2018.

And it was that very time in India where the real transformation took place for me. You see, I used to value yoga mainly for the obvious benefits – easing my back pain and making me feel good in my body. But having immersed myself in this training, it made me understand that the real value lies in the relationship that I have with myself. And it was also in India where the idea of merging my two worlds – music and yoga – came to me.

Ever since then I’ve been helping musicians avoid injury and burnout so that they can enjoy sustainable careers staying connected to their love of music as well as promoting a culture of wellbeing in the music industry.

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MY STORY

When I was a kid, I used to spend nearly every afternoon at the music school. My life literally revolved around music, it was a place where I fit in and felt like I excelled at something that I loved. Fast forward into my late teens, I decided to pursue music as a career. And with that decision, lots of other things came up,  self-pressure and back pain from hours spent practicing to name just a few.

It was not long after that, that I tried my first yoga class in an attempt to find a way to ease my back pain and, quite frankly, to get fit. What I didn’t expect was that I’d become a complete yoga addict for life. Not only was I able to feel good again in my body, but yoga was just about the only place where I could let go of all the pressures of being a music college student. Even just showing up to the class and doing my best felt like an accomplishment.

So it wasn’t surprising that after a few years of practicing yoga, I started to play around with the idea of becoming a yoga teacher myself to share the benefits of yoga with other people. It took a few more years, not to mention a hefty encouragement from a trusted yoga teacher friend, for me to finally take the leap and go study yoga in India in 2018.

And it was that very time in India where the real transformation took place for me. You see, I used to value yoga mainly for the obvious benefits – easing my back pain and making me feel good in my body. But having immersed myself in this training, it made me understand that the real value lies in the relationship that I have with myself. And it was also in India where the idea of merging my two worlds – music and yoga – came to me.

Ever since then I’ve been helping musicians avoid injury and burnout so that they can enjoy sustainable careers staying connected to their love of music as well as promoting a culture of wellbeing in the music industry.

MY METHOD

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WHAT GUIDES MY TEACHING

Your body, your yoga
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My way of teaching yoga is far from “one size fits all”. Instead, I always offer options and modifications for the postures and exercises so that they are beneficial for your body in the given moment. It’s not about what the posture looks like from the outside. You don’t need to be super flexible or twist yourself into a pretzel. All I care about is that you stay present, breathe, and do your best while always respecting your body.

Functional Movement
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I love incorporating functional movement and principles that help musicians counterbalance the often one-sided posture we spend our days in.

Creative sequencing
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Being creative in my sequencing is a great way to help people stay present. I like to challenge my students in a safe way so that you can really let go at the end and step off the mat not only feeling relaxed and at ease but also with a sense of accomplishment.

SEE IT IN ACTION

I THINK YOU’RE READY!

Let me guide you through a practice that will help put your mind and body at ease.

WORK WITH ME

I THINK YOU’RE READY!

Let me guide you through a practice that will help put your mind and body at ease.

WORK WITH ME