As I was approaching my 46th birthday I became increasingly aware that I had to make some changes to my life before I became a candidate for an early demise! I was working long hours in a demanding job and commuting from Carlisle to Newcastle on a daily basis. My family were neglected and I was exhausted. To make matters worse I am an insulin dependant diabetic and my sugar control was all over the place! I had heard about yoga and knew that it was supposed to be good for getting you fit, but more importantly for calming the mind and so I decided to give it a go. It really helped and as time went by I felt better and better. In April 2013 I went to India and completed 300hrs teacher training with Sonja Appel the founder of Sushumna Yoga in Goa, and I am an accredited Yoga Alliance Teacher and Trainer. I have continued to develop my yoga practice and have completed a further 200hrs training in Yin Yoga training with Paul and Suzee Grilley, Bernie Clark, Josh Summers, Rebecca Shepherd and Karen Kirkness. I founded the Yoga Studio in Carlisle in 2013 and developed it into a thriving yoga community providing quality yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings. I sold the studio to Emma and Martin in 2019 and continue to support them by teaching classes, workshops and the teacher training programme. I now enjoy coming to many more classes as a student - it is a wonderful place to recharge my batteries.