Mary brings her medical knowledge and experience into her yoga and yoga therapy, having discovered the benefits of yoga for mental and physical health while she was qualifying as a nurse. She has been practising and teaching yoga ever since, aiming to empower people to care for themselves in a holistic and practical way.
Yoga has been a part of my life for more than 30 years – initially as a student and latterly as a teacher. I am a qualified nurse specialising in palliative care, and it was while I was still completing my RGN training that I first discovered the benefits of practising yoga. By 1990 I had qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga as a yoga teacher and I subsequently trained as a Diploma Course Tutor.
My inspiration both as a teacher and as a practitioner of yoga stems from the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli as well as many other teachers I have been privileged to work with over the years.
Since completing my Yoga Therapy training at the Yoga Biomedical Trust, my teaching has evolved into a more holistic and restorative form of yoga. This more functional style of yoga seeks to enhance the physical, mental and emotional balance and relaxation that is achieved by a fully supported yoga practice. Combining my personal experience of life, yoga practice and nursing knowledge, my aim is to help my clients improve their health and wellbeing with yoga practices they can incorporate into their everyday activities.
I now divide my time between teaching yoga to learners and teachers, supporting clients on a one-to-one basis or in small groups using yoga therapy, running continuing professional development workshops, and teaching anatomy and physiology to trainee yoga teachers. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more about any of these activities.