My name is Corinne and I am a qualified Yoga teacher accredited with Yoga Alliance UK. I have developed an interest over the years for meditation, yoga, mindfulness and healthy eating. Prior to having my children, I have always been attracted to high adrenaline sports such as British Military Fitness training, distance running and all types of aerobics classes. I enjoyed challenging myself but after the birth of my son seven years ago, I started slowing down and was searching for a more restorative and mindful type of exercise, which was more respectful of my body.
Then my twin girls were born and I found myself spending so much of my life rushing around, never present and struggling to focus with the juggling of motherhood and the many distractions of everyday life. I desperately craved some ‘me’ time; I felt stuck, powerless and was in desperate need to re-connect with my body and myself. Following an ankle injury (jumping on the trampoline with the kids!), although I was distraught at the time, it was a turning point for me as I started to fully dedicate myself to Yoga.
I started practising yoga at home, it was the only time when I truly felt at ease, then I began to learn more about how yoga can bring together the mind and body. This is when I decided to enrol on a Yoga Teacher Training course and never looked back since.
Gradually, I began exploring things that I was truly passionate about; I did an eight-week mindfulness course, went on a week-long Vipassana silent meditation retreat and attended a variety of yoga classes in the UK and abroad to refine my own style of teaching.
For me, Yoga is not like other exercise classes such as circuit training, body attack or aerobics. It encompasses not only the physical and challenging aspects of posture practice but also offers a holistic place to nourish the mind. Practising postures and focusing on the breath is what yoga is really about.
"When the breath wanders, the mind is also unsteady. When the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika