Much of my movement practice over the last 23 years has remained the same. I still embrace the meditative aspects that movement and yoga offer, relish the chance to literally catch my breath and am grateful for the opportunity for self-reflection, sitting with stillness, not always comfortably, with the inner world. I continue to enjoy the beautifully simple relationship between gravity, breath and our connection to the earth that i began exploring with Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose in 2013.
Our bodies change as we age, in my mid 40s with an active inquisitive young daughter, I find myself needing something else alongside the more gentle contemplative aspects of practice. I would like to accompany my daughter as she runs, climbs and explores her world. As a single mother I want to feel strong in mind and body and be able to face the many unknowns that life throws our way. It is, as always, work in progress with as many stumbles and backward steps as there are forward. I am however ever grateful for my movement practice during changeable times, the opportunity to move and to be present with my body, for the support my practice gives me in being open to change and for the opportunity to work alongside many other wonderful humans. I am working towards a Level 1 certification in MovNat in June 2021. There are many aspects of the MovNat natural movement system that resonate with me, the emphasis on bio-mechanics and groundwork being some of them. My fingers are firmly crossed that we will be able to travel by then!
It is important for me with this last year of struggle and upheaval to make my classes more accessible, inclusive and available to all. Alongside a pre-mentioned move away from a ‘yoga teaching’ label and ongoing personal work into racism and inclusivity, I will be starting some workshops with Radically Awaken over the next few months.