Let’s start with you: are you here because?
- You don’t feel as young as you used to
- You want to be able to play with your kids or grand kids with comfort and ease
- You want to keep as active as possible for as long as possible because you like going out, meeting friends, going on holiday…
- You feel a bit stiff in the morning, and you want to do something that helps prevent the aches and pains and poor balance of older age – but of course you aren’t in that category yet!
- You haven’t done (much) yoga before, and you feel a bit nervous about joining a class.
- You are ready to make a long-term commitment to your mental and physical health.
I hazard a guess that you are NOT:
- Young and flexible
- Looking for a quick fix
- Wanting to learn how to do a headstand
In that case, let me tell you about me.
My journey to yoga teaching has been a roundabout one. I started my working life in 2003 as a trained nurse. From 2006 I worked exclusively as a cardiac nurse when I moved to Southampton from Sydney. (Why, do I hear you ask? True love, of course!). During the years that I worked full-time as a nurse, doing yoga was one of the things that helped me to stay sane, and fit and healthy.
After 14 years of practicing yoga as a student I decided to do yoga teacher training as a way to learn more about yoga for myself. However, I got the teaching bug pretty quickly whilst completing training with Dancing Warrior Yoga in Sydney, Australia. When I completed teacher training in June 2016 I went part-time as a nurse, and took on some yoga teaching as well. And then, at the beginning of 2020, I took to big plunge into ‘full time’ yoga teaching.
As a yoga teacher, I am deeply passionate about inspiring you to live a long and healthy life. People normally reach out to me because they’re struggling with back pain, stiffness in their muscles and joints, or they realise they are getting older and can’t move as well as they used to.
One client describes their experience of my teaching: “an excellent tutor, very clear, attentive, explained reasoning well, and soothing voice,” while another declared “I have had a lovely experience and introduction to yoga. Bethany’s way of teaching is great, and her voice is amazingly calming and relaxing.”
When I’m not teaching yoga, you can find me cooking up a storm with lots of vegetables (but I’m not exclusively vegetarian), or out in my garden growing said vegetables, but you’ll also find me getting around on my bike, or out walking. Anything outdoors really, I think it is my Australian upbringing.
How the relationship works between us:
I teach yoga, and want to help you with your goal for optimising your long term physical and mental health. You are looking to make a commitment to stay fit and healthy for as long as possible using yoga. It’s a perfect fit!
You are feeling a bit nervous about trying yoga, and I make sure that everyone feels welcome, with a focus on making the yoga moves as accessible as possible for all different bodies. See, we are perfect together!