My lifelong relationship with meditation began at the age of 11, when I was introduced to it by my very alternative dad. My love for the practice of insight meditation was further cemented whilst travelling around South East Asia at 18.
However it wasn’t until I turned 30 that certain life events led me to participate in a 10 day silent meditation retreat, which enabled me to experience it more deeply and integrate it into my life.
An encounter with Ruby Wax at the launch of her mindfulness book ‘Sane New World’ in 2013 had such an impact on me, that it immediately became clear that mindfulness and meditation was something I now wanted to share with others.
Since becoming a mum to 2 very lively girls and getting to grips with my new ‘mum’ status, I have quickly realised how important the practice of mindfulness and meditation is when it comes to parenting and all the difficulties life can throw our way.
I decided to set up The Breathe Academy because I wanted to share the benefits I have had from this practice, whilst also teaching skilful ways we can all deal with the increasing demands of 21st-century living.
The Breathe Academy has one simple, main goal – to introduce the concept of mindfulness and meditation in a way that helps people identify how to bring it into their own lives, so they can begin to live a more calm, balanced and joyful life.
I am an accredited mindfulness coach, trained at London Meditation, which is accredited by the leading professional body Association for Coaching and by the UK Mindfulness Teacher Trainer Network.
I am also annually assessed against the Mindfulness-based Intervention Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) as developed by the CFM Bangor University, so that the teaching I provide you is accredited and always up to date.