I first started out in the Fitness Industry in the late 1980's as an Aerobics and Fitness Instructor.
All my grown up life using gyms, participating in fitness classes and lots of other kinds of sport from horse riding to skiing have been my way of relaxing and keeping fit.
Nine years ago though that stopped when a freak accident left me with a lower back injury and chronic pain. I was deverstated, using the gym was not an option and the fast paced fitness classses were just something I could only watch and dream of taking part in. My physiotherapist pointed me in the direction of pilates and yoga and even though it hurt like hell I knew these classes were helping me build strength in my core muscles so aiding stability and strength in my spine.
I then spent the next eight years under going the most painful and undignified proceedures to try and stop the pain and the problem from getting worse, anyone who has had issues with their spine can probably understand where I'm coming from when I say I wanted to just give up. Curl up in a ball and sleep because trying to do anything else just hurt and exhausted me beyond belief. Yoga and Pilates were the only things that helped relieve some of the pain and made me feel like I was somewhere near to having a normal life.
Unfortunatly the injury progressed to a point where in January 2017 I couldnt sit or stand for longer than 10 minutes without being in agony, I could only walk a few yards without dragging my leg and I had started to loose the feeling in both my left arm and leg. The neuro surgeon decided that it was time to operate and in April 2017 I had an interlaminar decompression on my spine, releasing the trapped nerves and a titanium " Coflex" fusion. ( A titanium spacer inserted between my L3 & L4 and then fused )
I had to learn how to walk again after the operation and again Yoga and Pilates based excersises were my main form of rehabilitation and pain relief so when my surgeon announced that I could never go back to my desk job without running the risk of becomming permanatly paralysed on my left side it made perfect sense to come back into the fitness industry and retrain as a Yoga instructor.
My passion is for Fitness and Wellbeing and not in the spiritual or meditation versions of Yoga ( not that there is anything wrong with this but it is just not my thing ). I spent a few months researching various Yoga Training providers, whilst building up my strength, and came across YOGABODY Yoga Teachers College in Barcelona. Result , not only was the thesis of their teaching what I wanted but also it was in my favourite place in the world and my go to place three or four times a year.
For the next 6 months I literally ate, slept, studied and practiced yoga, I went back and forth to Barcelona, staying for weeks at a time. It was the hardest thing my broken body has ever done plus I'm not a spring chicken so I also had age against me including the dreadful menopausal anxiety and brain fog which meant that the studying and theory side of the course were just as mentally challenging.
Then just because I could and because my spine loves hanging upside down ( it instantly opens up space in the vertebra ) I decided to also include Yoga Trapeze Training into the mix.
In December 2017 I qualified in Yoga Trapeze Instruction and January 2018 I passed my Yoga Teacher Training Degree meaning I am now fully qualified and certified in both Yoga disciplines.
Although I am in some degree of pain all the time and I still cannot sit or stand for any length of time I can teach something I am passionate about and hopefully help others with similar chronic pain issues at the same time. Why ? because my body loves movement, fact everybodies bodies love to move !
So I guess my story is one of those where life gave me lemons so I made lemonade !
I now have classes and courses in Yoga Trapeze and classes in Modern Yoga plus Private Tuition across Northamptonshire, if you are interested in joining me then either email me at [email protected] or give me a call on 07974372599 and remember...
WE BEND SO WE DON'T BREAK!