Here’s the bit where I have to take a deep breath and open up, gulp, so, here goes.
As we all have, I’ve had my fair share of challenges in life. Anorexia, challenging relationships, sports injury, and things from the past I found too painful to deal with, leading to shame and PTSD.
In 2005 I had a serious accident that resulted in facial reconstructive surgery, the loss of sight in my right eye and some peripheral vision in my left eye. This accident completely changed my life. I could no longer drive as a result of my sight loss, and because of that, I lost my job too.
These happenings, and others I have chosen to spare you, are what those in the psychology world call ‘trauma’s’, and they leave their mark on us. The body collects debts and those debts need to be paid.
So, let’s just say, my 'balance ' of life was somewhat in the red!
Physical fitness has always been a big part of my life. In the past, I'd tended to believe that if there was no blood, sweat and tears then it wasn’t worthwhile.
Gradually though, I began to recognise the benefit (both in mind and body) of complementing my fitness routine with yoga, meditation, mindfulness, self-care and so many others that fall under this wonderful umbrella of ‘Wellbeing’.
I could see that my balance was beginning to settle. The riot that was in my mind has become more of a peaceful protest and those things that overwhelmed became easier to see, accept and manage.
Now, you are you, with your own body, mind and experiences. However, in my experience, this choice of ‘health’ versus self-sabotage has a universal success rate for those who choose it.
Be that practicing yoga on the mat or beyond, mindfulness, meditation, yoga therapy, wellbeing practices in the workplace, the list goes on.
It would be my privilege and pleasure to guide you in any of these- I really cannot explain to you the difference it has made to my life and the value I have seen it bring to others!
The yawny credentials bit.
I've always had and continue to have a…. erm, slightly obsessive interest in human behaviour and yoga of course, which led me to study:
Yoga teacher training 250hrs RYT
TSYP Teacher Training inc Yoga Therapy 500hrs (currently studying)
Pregnancy & Prenatal Yoga Teacher 50hrs RYT
Face Yoga Teacher Certification (currently studying)
Yoga philosophy & Therapy
Pranayama & Meditation
Personnel development (Masters level)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Mental health first aid
Neuro linguistic programming
These experiences and qualifications have made it possible for me to teach yoga and design wellbeing programmes for individuals and organisations. And for that I'm forever grateful :)
My own yoga journey began 10 or so years ago, and I've had the privilege to train and practice with some wonderful teachers in many countries. My thanks in particular to...
200 hours Yoga Teacher Training - Lucy Leslie
Ashtanga, Pranayama & Meditation- Irina Pashkovich
Yoga Anatomy - Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
Yoga Philosophy, Teacher Training & Yoga Therapy - Andy Curtis-Payne
Mindfulness - Maria Hancock
WHY SMOOTH CACTUS?...
It took me a long time to come up with this name. With a project so dear to me, it had to be right and there were so many that didn't make the cut!
To me, a cactus represents independence. It can survive in extreme circumstances and environments, and loves warmth. I chose smooth as I think we all have those spikes we'd like to lose, and I hope that through connecting with me in any of the ways available I may be able to help you achieve this. Then life can become just that little bit more comfortable for us and those around us.