My work is about freeing the body-mind of the constrictions we've imposed on it, so that its natural intelligence can shine through. You might find my approach particularly helpful if you're suffering from long standing fatigue, pain or anxiety issues, as my own practice over the last 30 years has been guided by those issues.
I approached Yoga in my twenties having suffered from undiagnosed anxiety, fatigue and depression since childhood. Although my body initially enjoyed the traditional Asanas, I was craving something deeper, something that would bring me closer to what I always thought of as “home”. I soon embarked in a 3 year British Wheel of Yoga teacher training course and gained my Diploma in 1995.
Around that time, I discovered Scaravelli inspired Yoga and started studying with John Stirk and subsequently Gary Carter. This subtle and unconventional approach to movement did not only make sense from an anatomical point of view, but, more importantly, from an experiential point of view. I was tapping into an inner intelligence which was occasionally capable of taking over and moving my body freely and effortlessly. I was tentatively taking my first steps towards inhabiting my body rather than being stuck in the perceived safety of my head. Unbeknownst to me, I was also being exposed to influences from somatic practices such as Continuum Movement, Feldenkrais and Body Mind Centering®, which I went on to explore in later years.
Over the following years, every time my anxiety and fatigue resurfaced, particularly when I was bringing up my treasured son not having resolved my own childhood trauma (talking therapy was helpful up to a point), it became clearer and clearer that inhabiting my body and experiencing the full spectrum and intensity of its feelings and emotions with acceptance and compassion was the only solution. Deferring to the body’s inner intelligence and ability to heal was key. This, of course, proved to be true when trying to address physical imbalances as well.
Thirty or so years on, I continue to explore my body with playfulness and ease, both in movement and in stillness and it never ceases to surprise and amaze me. My practice and teaching continue to evolve, and I cherish the invaluable input of other Scaravelli inspired and Somatics teachers, namely Sophie Whiting, Rossella Baroncini, Jane Okondo, Maggy Burrowes and Andromeda Graziano.
As a teacher, I am passionate about sharing the full potential of Scaravelli inspired Yoga and somatic practices to transform our deep rooted physical and mental patterns and access a more peaceful and harmonious way of being. I have had the pleasure to witness this transformation in many of my students, whose quality of life has (sometimes dramatically) improved, thanks to a decrease in chronic pain, physical and mental tension, emotional overwhelm and an increase in their mobility, their ability to relax, to have better eating and sleeping habits and a better relationship with themselves and others.