Hi, and thank you for being here!
A bit of background into my own personal Yoga journey...
A cliche maybe, but a true story none the less- after running into a pretty tough period in my life, I believe that Yoga found me. It had, and continues to have a huge impact on my life- both on and off the mat.
After experiencing profound change and growth physically, mentally, and spiritually I was so inspired to learn more myself, and also to be able to share this amazing practice and experience with others.
I searched online for some time looking at Yoga teacher training courses, and not having the funds or feeling it would be right for me to travel abroad alone, I decided on a really in depth training which was UK based.
Being close to where I was living- it felt like it was destined to be!
The options of courses were vast then, and are even more vast now!
But I knew that for me I craved something more than a 2-4 week intensive course.
I wanted to immerse myself in this - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
So I embarked on a 2 year 200 hour teacher training course.
This experience was truly life changing.
Though don't get me wrong, some months I wanted to give up and never see or hear about Yoga again!
I was cracked wide open.
Things that I wanted to avoid thinking about bubbled to the surface as I immersed myself in Yogic philosophy, and a deeper understanding of the complex yet subtle layers of the practice.
It wasn't an easy or comfortable experience at times, but what I knew for sure was that this was a healing process for me, an awakening.
As my frail body grew stronger, so did my spirit, and my self belief.
This was it - the AHA moment, this was my Dharma.
To not only practice but to share this with others, through good and bad, ups and downs - the ever turning wheel of life!
Once qualified I worked part time, but the calling to share Yoga was too great, so I took a leap of faith and quit a long term corporate career to follow my passion.
Over the past years I have since gone on to work with such a wide variety of people and in very different locations.
From teaching in well kept studios to working with refugees in temporary housing, Yoga has been a gift that I feel I am able to give to others and often help them through very challenging periods of their own life.
My love of the practice has led me to further explore and gain qualifications in areas such as Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Kids Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga for Stress and Burnout, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I welcome you to join me in a non-judgemental, friendly, supportive, and nurturing environment to practice and learn more about Yoga and holistic approaches to wellbeing, and most importantly your true self.
You don't need to be able to do a handstand (though if you can good for you)!
You don't need to be able to just practice on a mat - use a chair, bed, sofa, whatever you need to adapt and enjoy your practice for your unique body!
You don't need the latest Lulus, just some comfy clothing and an open mind and heart.
Come as you are, just as I did many years ago, and allow the practice and me to welcome you with open arms ...
Yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self.
The Bhagavad Gita
How can you practice with me?
I guide my own classes under my business YOGAnnick.
I collaborate with local and independent studio Yoga Borne.
I guide Yoga for students in collaboration with the University of Birmingham Yoga Society.
I guide FREE practices with local charity Living Well UK.
I collaborate with Birmingham Mind offering practices and short courses of Yoga for Wellbeing.
I offer 1-1 Private Yoga (tailored to you and your needs).
I offer Corporate Yoga (including bespoke packages).
What to expect from a class?
Whilst I remain true to the traditional roots of Yoga, combining physical practice with other elements of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and a philosophical approach, I also incorporate somatic movement and encourage freedom and exploration of mind, body & soul - both on and off the mat.
Many elements of my various training and qualifications are intertwined within my classes, as well as offering longer and more in depth workshop experiences open to all.
We can read into an assigned label for a class, or a "style" of Yoga that is referred to (often referring to the lineage), and I often get asked what type of Yoga I teach.
The answer in its simplest form is essentially what I teach is just Yoga.
Movement and exploration of body, stillness of mind, and greater connection to self.
Yoga is an internal practice. The rest is just circus.
Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois
If you are interested in finding out more, take a look at the rest of the website.
To book a class head over to the BOOK ONLINE page , or feel free to contact me by clicking the link below- I would love to hear from you.
Qualifications & Certifications
200 Hours Hatha Yoga
Friends of Yoga International (FRYOG)
A Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and Independent Yoga Network
50 Hours Yin Yoga
Sandstone Yoga & Pilates
20 Hour Chinese Medicine for Yoga
Jennifer Raye Health
21 Hours Yoga for Stress & Burnout
8 Hours Pregnancy Yoga
Sandstone Yoga & Pilates
40 Hour Yoga Nidra
Dawn Wright Yoga
8 Hour Kids Yoga
Kido Kids Yoga
Indian Head Massage Therapist ( Guild of Holistic Therapists)
Birmingham Holistic Health Centre
Public Liability Insurance through Wellbeing Insurance (previously DSC Insurance)