I'm Victoria and I live with my husband and dog in Hedge End, Hampshire.
When I'm not teaching yoga, I'm working as Company Secretary for a local charity, and I love to sing, bake bread, geek out with a book or board game, or hike across the countryside. I have a cheeky sense of humour and my dream is to have a camper van.
Yoga has made a huge difference in my life. I started practising yoga as I was going through a challenging time and thought that yoga might be a good way to look after my mental health. I had no idea that I would sign up for teacher training just 3 years later! Yes, I have become more flexible and stronger along the way, but the difference it has made to my mental health and my view on life has been incredible. I still have bad days like we all do, but yoga has given me the tools to pick myself up again, and I hope, to be a better partner, daughter and friend.
If I help just one person to improve their belief in their self-worth and their ability to cope with the challenges of every day life, then it's all worthwhile.
YOGA ALLIANCE ACCREDITED TEACHER
So really, why yoga?
I'm a huge believer that taking small, sustainable steps towards a healthier lifestyle can make a massive difference in both the short and long term. In fact, I think this applies to our whole lives but let's start with yoga.
I can be a bit of a lazy bum at times and in the past had sporadic stretches of time where I did lots of exercise (hello free gym trial) and even more where I've not done a lot, because I've always had the idea that I need to do at least 30 minutes a day for it to be worthwhile, and I should be doing cardio, strength training, push ups, burpees... does anyone like burpees? Definitely not me! And it always felt unsustainable, so when motivation was low, why even bother starting when it's so hard to maintain?
So let's scrap that idea, and first, just get moving! Our bodies need to move and trust me, they love a good wriggle and stretch and one of the reasons why I love Vinyasa Yoga is that you are meant to flow between the poses, and that is great for keeping your joints healthy, getting your blood pumping, and by moving with your breath you're working all kinds of magic on both your mind and body, but you'll have to give it a try to see for yourself!
You don't need to be able to touch your toes, you don't need to be fit, you just need to be you and I'll be there to guide you along the way.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about whether yoga is right for you. I honestly believe that everyone can benefit from yoga so let me know what I can do to make it accessible to you.
I can't wait to hear from you.