This page tells you a little about the work I do alongside my yoga teaching. My day job is as a Registered Nurse, with 30 years' experience. I have always been interested in complementary practices, and I have an holistic approach to health and wellness. My training in CBT has enabled me to deliver integrated care in both physical and mental health, which for too long have been seen as separate disciplines. I have been practising yoga for as long as I can remember, becoming a qualified teacher in 2013. For me yoga is a wonderful therapeutic practice with so many benefits. I have always been interested in alternatives to standard western practices, this led me to become a reiki practitioner. Yoga remains my passion; and it is yoga that I always turn to in order to find calm and to rebalance myself.
It wasn’t until I had been attending yoga classes and workshops for many years that I decided to train to be a teacher but I will always remain a student; there is so much to know and learn about yoga! I completed my yoga teacher training in 2013 with Steve Avian from www.shamayoga.org.uk in Sheffield. I enjoyed the training immensely, so I owe him a debt of gratitude. As events turned out, just as I finished my training Chris Boyer, from Radiant Yoga moved away from Sheffield. I stepped into his shoes by taking over his Wadsley class, where I had recently been a student. I’ve been running it ever since. Early in 2015 I also set up the Nether Green class (now at Ranmoor). For more details about these classes, please visit the “My Yoga” page.
I completed my nurse training in Sheffield in 1989. I have worked on hospital wards, but my work has mainly been in the community, working first as a District Nurse, and for the over ten years I worked as a Community Matron. I have recently taken up a lead nurse post supporting a group of specialist nurses in the community. Being a nurse is an important part of my life and who I am
I have been a Reiki practitioner since 2014, completing level 2 attunement in 2015 with Jen Coldwell. For more information, see the "My Reiki" page.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
I am a trained Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. I can deliver 1-1 cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to people who are stressed depressed or anxious, and I have experience of facilitating courses in stress management. In 2018 I worked in the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service in Sheffield as part of a new team of staff providing psychological care for people who have long-term health conditions. The service provides free courses and one to one therapy for a whole range of conditions including IBS, back pain, heart conditions, as well as generic courses on living with fatigue, mindfulness for health and much more. For more information, visit www.sheffieldiapt.shsc.nhs.uk. I now teach therapists how to support people with long term conditions at the University of Sheffield. This is part of an NHS programme to support the psychological wellbeing of patients with long term health conditions.