I am a Yoga Scotland Teacher, a British Wheel of Yoga Representitive for North Cumbria (shared with Imogen Field in Kendal) and Pioneer Team Leader for Maranatha Yoga.
Prior to Lockdown in March 2020, I taught classes in South West Scotland and North Cumbria:
- Richard Greenhowe Centre, Gretna
- Bannatynes Gym Carlisle
- Dalston Recreation Centre
- Scotby Village Hall
- Caldew School
- St Augustine’s Church Carlisle St. Elizabeth’s Church Carlisle
- Penrith Day Hospice
- Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice
- Co-teacher on Samantha Coe Retreats at Minsteracres, Consett near Hexham, Northumberland.
My Christian faith is at the heart of all my work. After studying English Literature and Philosophy in Aberdeen and Divinity in Edinburgh, I was ordained as a Church of Scotland minister in Broughty Ferry, Dundee in 1996.
For 24 years, my main work has been in parishes, team ministries and in training elders and ministers regionally and nationally. I co-edited “Worship Anthology” published by St Andrew’s Press in 2008 and presented “General Assembly” on BBC 2 for Tern TV for 4 years, 2006-2010.
With “Church Without Walls”, I facilitated large outdoor worship experiences and events in 2010-2012.
At Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, I was anecumenical chaplain and led the volunteer chaplaincy team for 5 years. My role was to provide Spiritual Care to patients, families, staff and volunteers of all faiths and none. This is where my interest in holistic care and complimentary therapies began.
After a knee injury from 10k training, I saw a physiotherapist in 2007. On her recommendation, I went to Hatha Yoga classes and very quickly it became my main form of exercise. For me, Yoga is a health and wellbeing tool box. I believe it has so much to offer people of all ages, abilities, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences.