I'm Maddy, 28years old and mama to one rather cute little yogini daughter.
I was first introduced to yoga when I was 17 years old on a retreat with my family, at the time I didn't have much patience for the physical practice (asana) but I loved the spiritual aspect. My first teacher was a wise man called Ken who had completely transformed his life after an accident through yoga. He was incredibly inspiring, open hearted and the perfect first guide to my yoga journey. A couple of years later I found myself bored, lacking appreciation for my surroundings and working a dull nine hour retail shift. I knew something had to change so after spending a few hours googling 'What to do with your life' I found a wonderful website offering a Karma Yoga program (where you work selflessly for no financial payment) in the beautiful West Coast of Canada. A few weeks later I found myself completely on my own in a country I had no experience in, having spent 24 hours travelling to arrive in a wet tent in the middle of a dark forest. To use that old cliche of a 'gap year' ...my life was changed forever.
I spent two magical months living, working and serving at this yoga centre in Canada and fell in love with yoga, yogis and all of the ancient yogic philosophies that accompany this lifestyle. I was determined to live in a more conscious, loving, healthy way.
When my daughter was eight months old, I rekindled my passion for physical aspect of yoga and my practice really began to take some momentum. Thanks to a wonderful Wokingham based teacher, Claire Foster, I began practicing the Ashtanga method which really drove me to deepen my practice. My current personal practice is loosely based on the Ashtanga primary series, although often it comprises of a more yin style, holding the poses for a longer duration in a bid to lengthen the muscles. I practice gratitude on a daily basis and have held 'Santosha' (contentment) and 'Ahimsa' (compassion) close to my heart for the last three years.
So, five years later, here I am! Teaching weekly classes, workshops and retreats, loving sharing the practices that I have learnt, and with a lifetime of yoga filled adventure ahead of me!
I've never been happier, this is the life that I always dreamed of living. I'm inspired to bring the gift of yoga to everyone and truly believe that yoga is for every body, no matter your age, shape, fitness level, flexibility level or strength.
I do hope you will join me on the mat soon!
+ I completed my training in 2015 with Bristol City Yoga under the skilled eye of Laura Gilmore. I received my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher qualification accredited by Yoga Alliance UK in November 2016.
+ I hold insurance with Balens for up to £4,000,000.
+ I have recently (August 2018) refreshed my first aid training and have a level 3 certification from FM Training - First Aid.