My yoga journey began around the age of 21. I was suffering from depression when a friend recommended I took up some form of exercise, so I started tai chi, yoga and karate. Practising regularly I began to feel stronger in body and mind, and while the tai chi and karate faded the yoga stuck. I became confident enough to finish my education and applied to do a degree in comparative religion. Half way through though I began to feel like I couldn’t cope, struggling to juggle being a single mum along with a degree my practise became irregular, and I was started to slide into depression again. It was then that a tutor at university told me of a meditation group where I could take my daughter which meant I could go regularly. Since then meditation has become a part of my daily life, and I go on a retreat at least once a year. I now have 25 yrs experience of meditation which began under the tutelage of a student of Chogyam Trungpa (Buddhist meditation master and author of The Myth of Freedom), but also includes Taoist meditation.
When my mum died I went on a rebirth retreat with Peruvian Shamen Inti Cezar Malasquez, a great deal of which consisted of chanting for hours. I loved it, I love singing anyway but chanting non stop in this way helped me to feel connected. Connected to the Universe, to me, the Real me, and in turn to those around me. I now chant daily.
I have also studied shiatsu at the European school of Shiatsu for 3 years which has given me a good understanding of anatomy, the meridians and acupressure.
To me Yoga is connecting to the deeper Self through the breath.