I was born and brought up in Spain, spending my time surrounded by nature in the hills north of Seville. I travelled extensively with my family around India from the age of 5; this is where I got my first taste of the inspiration that would later draw me to the practice of yoga.
Over the years, my mother practised with devotion and began to host yoga weeks in Spain with various fantastic teachers, one of whom started me off on my yoga journey at the age of 17. I began to attend classes during these retreats and was lucky to receive some wonderful instruction from different teachers that visited us from London.
I went on to cultivate a strong self-practice using books, primarily ´Light on Yoga' by B.K.S Iyengar and 'Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha' from the Bihar School of Yoga. I learned for the first time how to breathe properly, and went to live in India, where I immersed myself deeply in my self-practice while teaching English to children.
A year later, I travelled to Nepal where I commenced my training in the Thai healing tradition at the Healing Hands Centre in Kathmandu. I undertook a course in Hatha Yoga and continued to cultivate my self-practice, learning the practice of yoga nidra that I continue to teach. At the request of friends and guests, I began to teach some students in the spirit of sharing my learnings and knowledge.
Travelling next to Rishikesh, I studied with Usha Devi, a strong teacher from the Iyengar tradition. On this trip I began to explore the teachings of buddhism and on a ten day silent buddhist retreat I had my first experience of teaching a group, leading a daily class aimed at preparing the body for long periods of sitting.
Back in London I enrolled on a degree course in Sanskrit and the study of religions at SOAS, continued to teach private clients and worked as a massage therapist around the city. It was at this time that I started a family, and shortly after I met Ruth White with whom I did my yoga teacher training. Ruth taught me to hold back within the physical postures and this enabled me to cultivate a deeper awareness in my practice.
Her method of teaching is called Karuna Yoga, the yoga of compassion. It is an adaptation of the rigorous Iyengar training she herself received; it is precise, clear and safe, all of which are qualities of teaching that I have adopted in my own teaching and for which I am deeply grateful.
After many years training with Ruth I began to run my own retreats combining yoga and hill walking at my beloved family home in Spain, Trasierra.
I have also begun to follow my interest in healing through the therapeutic application of yoga and have trained with another truly great teacher, Tias Little. Tias founded Prajna Yoga, a method that pays particular attention to the yoga of the subtle body. The emphasis is on slowing down and cultivating sensory awareness to remove obstacles to freedom.
Currently studying an MA in the Traditions of Yoga & Meditation at SOAS University in London is giving me the opportunity to read about the roots of this practice that has given me so much adding a much needed dimension to the practical works.
I continue to run retreats, teach privately and locally, deepen my own practice and learn through my teaching. As often as possible I make my way back to India to absorb the immediacy of spiritual life.
I feel so grateful to continue studying with these wonderful teachers and to explore and uncover the marvellous mysteries that make up this human being.