At the downdogdays studio, you will receive a warm, friendly welcome and a professional, reliable service.
I am committed to supporting you all the way to your goals and to sharing my knowledge and experience to help you achieve a balanced life of health and happiness. My goal is to help you to be your best so that you can enjoy living your life to the full.
My love of exercise led me to leave my office job in 2007 to pursue a career in health and fitness. I really enjoy getting to know my clients and finding out about their goals. The most rewarding aspect of my work is in sharing my knowledge with my clients and then seeing the transformation in them as they are motivated to make changes which improve their health and quality of life.
I trained with Premier Training International and qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist in 2008.
In my 7 years' experience as a Personal Trainer at David Lloyd Leisure in Leeds, I've had the pleasure to train clients of all ages and with many different goals and requirements. I was the first trainer in Leeds to progress up David Lloyd's PT Development Journey to Platinum Trainer, thanks to the experience gained from working with my clients, and to the training courses I was able to complete. These included:
- RPM spinning class instructor
- Power Plate
- TRX suspension training
- Vivo barefoot running
- Shadow Box boxing
- Pre and post natal
- Lose and Shape Up - nutritional and group exercise weight loss programme
My love of running also led me to set up a beginners' running club at David Lloyd.
I have competed in races ranging from 5ks to marathons. I learnt a lot from training with the excellent Valley Striders and inspirational Olympian marathoner Tracey Morris. Through Valley Striders, I completed The England Athletics Jog Leaders course, enabling me to lead group training sessions. Like many runners, I went on to discover triathlon and have competed at sprint, standard, 1/2 ironman and ironman distance.
My first introduction to yoga was in 2010, at an Ashtanga class I took once a week at David Lloyd, led by Joey Miles. Thanks to Joey's vast experience and inspirational teaching, what started as a way to stretch out after all that running became something much more. I really noticed the benefits, both physically and mentally, once I started practising yoga more frequently.
In 2015, I completed my 18-month Yoga Teacher Training Diploma with Yogacampus, one of the UK's leading yoga educators. The course is registered with the internationally recognised United States Yoga Alliance (200 hour level) and with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) in the United Kingdom, both of which require teacher training courses to meet certain minimum requirements in the study of asana, pranayama and meditation, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, teaching skills and practice, and ethics. The Yogacampus training meets, and in most areas exceeds, these requirements.
Currently, I am an apprentice yoga teacher at the lovely Yoga Kula studio in Chapel Allerton. I have attended workshops at Yoga Kula including handstands and adjustments, as well as completing a First Aid for Yoga Teachers course.
I have benefited greatly from yoga in the time I have been practising it and I'm excited at the possibility of a lifetime of learning and sharing yoga with others.
I gained my Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy from Premier International Training in 2008. Since then, I have had experience of working with the Leeds Rhinos Sports and Rehab Conditioning team, and have enjoyed being able to help runners, triathletes and other athletes to achieve their sporting bests. As many of our aches, pains and tight muscles come from modern daily life, everybody can benefit from a massage, both mentally and physically.