My personal journey like most peoples has had its ups and downs, joys and challenges. I have lived in different countries around the world, worked for others and been my own boss; brought up children, studied, stressed, taken exams and challenged myself. I’ve also had an enormous amount of fun on the journey to the work I now love and would like to share with you. This involves offering classes, courses, workshops and retreats that enable people to enjoy greater health and well-being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Through the modalities of mindfulness and meditation, self-esteem enhancement, conflict resolution, Yoga and Pilates I assist groups and individuals to learn how to live with more happiness, composure, ease and peace in their lives.
After growing up in England and spending some exciting adolescent years in London during the 80’s my husband and I moved with our newborn baby and toddler to Australia in 1993 and for the last twenty-four years Melbourne has been my home.
The influence of others
It was while living in Hong Kong that I began my business as a personal trainer and wellness coach. In the beginning my focus was helping people achieve their fitness goals; I saw how being healthy and feeling well had an enormous positive effect on so many aspects of people’s lives and I began to move my attention beyond just physical fitness.
My husband was serving with the Queens Gurkha Engineers who originate from Nepal, so we were blessed with the experience of living and working very closely with these incredibly strong, resourceful, kind people with their Buddhist culture, steeped in ancient philosophy. This alongside a career in helping people towards wellness was the start of my journey of exploration into where true peace, calm and happiness in life come from.
Once settled in Australia I opened my own Pilates Studio and began sharing my love of Yoga by training as a Yoga teacher. I trained as a self-esteem and conflict resolution coach and was an avid reader of the books of Eckhart Tolle such as The Power of Now and Michael Rowland author of Absolute Happiness. I took myself to Ashrams, seminars and retreats and meditation was a regular part of my life. Through working with others and understanding myself I came to see that what I and most people are looking for in life is the ability to navigate life’s storms and stresses with calm composure, and to live with an inner happiness and joy for life.
Do I have a PhD in neuroscience? No… But I do have extensive experience in coaching, and mind body modalities, I’ve studied and teach from the ancient philosophies of Yoga, have numerous coaching and mentoring qualifications and am an experienced Pilates instructor.
But the life changing experience for me both personally and professionally was studying Integrative Restoration® Meditation under Richard Miller PhD and benefitting from his enormous knowledge and wisdom as a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher.
I knew immediately that the work of Richard Miller would be an integral part of my own personal development and the teachings I would bring to others. These teachings have become the bedrock of my work in enabling people to rediscover their True Nature of peace, ease and joy during the ever transient and unreliable nature of our lives.
But study and knowledge aside it is my own life experience of being an army wife, settling in new countries, caring for my husband through Cancer, raising two boys who have become emotionally intelligent and capable young men and being willing and interested in learning and growing from my life experiences that helps me to help others.
Most of all it has been the people I have worked with who have enriched my life and enhanced my ability to do the work I do. Corporate groups managing stress and work life balance, women going through breast cancer, people suffering anxiety and depression, grief or low self-esteem and the many other problems people have been brave enough to bring to my door. These people have been my biggest teachers and I am grateful to them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote –
“Finish each day and be done with it… You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.”
I look forward to meeting you as we learn to navigate life’s challenges “well and serenely.”