Between 2000 and 2015 I used to practice classical Pilates and meditative Raj yoga at Brahma Kumaris in Istanbul to help deal with the stresses and strains of my early career in pathology, digital advertising and design. In 2016 I completed a 200hr intensive teacher training course in Ashtanga Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga with Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa, India, and am currently building on my classical Pilates experience by taking a 2 year scientific Polestar Pilates teacher training course in Leeds with Claire Sparrow. I regularly attend short courses and seminars to add to my skill set, like Relax and Renew restorative teacher training with Judith Lasater, who did extensive study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States.
Along with an explosion of awareness of Yoga’s health benefits to a much wider Western audience came the challenge of preventing injury. By blending a scientific Polestar Pilates training into Yoga and Pilates classes, I discovered the chances of injury could be minimised and health benefits maximised. My passion is in the study of the balance between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the human body as it relates to everyday modern lives. For example, a simple exercise I have recently developed helps business women improve posture and extend the time they are comfortable looking and feeling fantastic in their favourite high heels brand. That works well in conjunction with the broader fashion, fitness and wellbeing programs I have developed off a classical Yoga and Pilates platform.
I like to motivate my students to improve flexibility, mobility, strengthen muscles, calm the mind, and generally deal with the stress of modern life. My aim is to help my clients develop and grow in their own unique way off this solid platform. What you put in is what you get out. If we find self-discipline and spiritual awareness, we can identify and sideline whatever limits us internally and reach our full potential externally. What I learn that helps me lift myself up I try to communicate to my clients to help them lift themselves up too. And hopefully they will do the same for me! I try to bring to my classes, courses, retreats and social media a positive energy that touches as many lives in a beneficial way as possible. Which helps us all find a tailor made balance in modern life that works best for each of us.