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Shine Yoga Leigh

My yoga journey began in 2004 whilst living in Sydney, Australia. My body ached, there was no way I could even think of touching my toes and I had regular back and shoulder pain resulting in headaches. Mentally I was a nervous wreck, tense, jumpy and quick to snap back at anybody.

I went to my first yoga class and it was hard. We were 30 students and I had no idea what I was doing, copying other students. I kept going back though and I found classes and teachers who suited me. Every Sunday morning, come rain or shine, hungover or sick I went to my Astanga classes. I added more classes to my weekly schedule as I found them.

The first thing I noticed was how great I felt after each class. I don’t even know how and when my back pain disappeared and one day I realised I hadn’t had a headache for a while. Other changes crept in slowly, I started to chill out. Yes, some things just aren’t that important. Having found space in my body and mind I started running.

On my way back to Europe I travelled through Asia and stayed in a Buddhist Temple to study meditation. This didn’t only give me a fantastic insight into the Buddhist culture but also set the foundations for my personal meditation practise which saw me through many ups and downs. In London I continued my career in corporate finance, working in high pressured roles which caused me anxiety and depression. I started my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, not intending to teach yoga but to deepen my own practise. But in 2016 I left the Big Smoke behind and started teaching yoga full time.

My classes are small and easy going because it is important for me to make everyone feel welcome and be able to spend time with each individual. I synchronise movement with the breath as it can keep those mind monkeys at bay, create mindfulness and presence, even if only for a one hour class and it can help with a greater sense of wellbeing and overall calmness.

I specialise in yoga for back pain, stress, healthy aging and sports, as these are the areas I know best.

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