Level 2 Coach in Running Fitness from UK Athletics.
Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer.
10 years as qualified primary school teacher working in a variety of London schools, across all year groups.
17 years commercial experience in the fashion industry.
I was born in 1972, have had a good life, met many wonderful people, studied, learnt, worked, experienced the explosion of house club culture in the late 80’s early 90’s and maintained a sense of curiosity throughout it all. I’ve not suffered much hardship – any I have has been of my own creation and been some of the most formative learning experiences I have gone through. My parents were hippies at heart who inculcated similar values in me, some that lay dormant, to recently reappear, some that have always been there, informing my actions.
Post university I worked in the fashion industry for a happy 17 years, a great place to be in London in the 1990’s and early 00’s. This ran it’s course for me and I retrained as a primary school teacher in 2010. 10 years to date of teaching experience, in a variety of settings, has helped me learn even more about both myself and people. I’ve used daily breathwork practices with my classes over the last couple of years. It is a wonderful way to ground children and allow them to start learning from a calm place.
I started exploring breathwork and meditation around 2017. This led to further self discovery which that helped me feel more at peace, more self assured and aware of what to nourish within myself and what to avoid. Alongside this I re-found my love of running, trained more deliberately, all leading to moving better. To my surprise I dropped my marathon time from 3:21 as a 32 year old to 2:56 as a 48 year old. 16 years apart and nearly 30 minutes better. Breathwork being key to this growth.
I begun to really delve into the breath, taking course after course to expand my knowledge. First Wim Hof’s breathing fundamentals, then working with Artur Paulins, Dan Brule’s Breathing fundamentals, Brian Wilson and Rob McKenzie’s Art of Breath course. Reading as much as I could to try and learn as much as I could. This leading to Patrick McKeown and qualifying as an Oxygen Advantage practitioner. I’ve improved my breathing, learnt how to reset my nervous system, improved my sleep, improved recovery after and during runs, learnt how to calm myself and used breathing to help me overcome a phobia of driving on motorways. I feel calmer and enjoy the closer relationship I have with my body. All of this can be achieved through breathwork.
I feel we limit ourselves mentally as we grow older, creating smaller and smaller expectations of what we are capable of and what we should or shouldn’t be doing. The act of growing old carries fear that prevents people from exploring it with vigour, zest and acceptance. Rather than wait until something breaks we can put simple, daily and highly effective practises into places that allow us to age in a healthy fashion – enjoying a good quality of life for as long as we have it. It’s never too late to put these things into place and begin to change the paradigm you live in. Get in touch to work with me to help do this. You can take ownership of your well being – let me help you.
The power the breath has, alongside the restorative power of the cold and finding peace in your mind have all had a profound impact upon me and one that I have really enjoyed embracing. The more I experience, the more I learn, the more curious I become.