MY NAME IS ALEX & I'M HAPPY YOU'RE HERE!
RYT® 200 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance; Usui Reiki Master; RPYT® Pregnancy, Post-Natal & Mother and Baby Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance; Nada Yoga & Yoga Nidra Facilitator; Restorative & Yin Yoga Teacher; Adaptive, Trauma-Informed & Chair Yoga Facilitator; Shamanic Practitioner; Loving Mama; Explorer of the Mystic Arts & Moon Magic; and Founder of Spinning Arrow Yoga & Holistic Healing!
HOW I LEARNED THAT I AM EXACTLY WHERE I NEED TO BE...
Having had a regular yoga practice since 2015, when I broke my back in a traffic accident in 2017, it felt only natural to turn to yoga to facilitate my healing. It was also at this time that I discovered Reiki, primarily to aid in my recovery and reconnection to both my physical and energetic bodies.
Housebound for a few months, I decided to embark on an online 200hr Foundational Yoga Teacher Training with Santosha Yoga Institute and almost immediately, I knew I had made the right decision; I was exactly where I needed to be.
Nine months later I was drawn to Bali, where I qualified with Santosha Yoga Institute at the 200hr level, subsequently becoming a Yoga Alliance Registered yoga teacher (RYT® 200). During this training, I met people who became very influential in my spiritual journey - some challenged me, some encouraged me, and others inspired me, and as the saying goes: I have never looked back! My training focused on an individualistic therapeutic approach to yoga, passed down directly from Sri T. Krishnamacharya through the Mohans and known as Raja Yoga (or the King’s Yoga). The Krishnamacharya lineage places the individual’s needs and intention at the heart of every practice and I feel fortunate that I found this particular course. When I teach, I aim to hold space for each person in my class, offering modifications to allow everyone to work with their body and their breath to still the fluctuations of their mind.
After teaching regular classes for a while, I was approached by a friend about Pregnancy Yoga. And so, early in 2019, I trained with Sally Parkes of Sally Parkes Yoga - one of the foremost teacher-trainers in her field - in Pregnancy, Post-natal and Mother & Baby Yoga, earning a further 85hr accreditation with Yoga Alliance. At the time, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and I knew that once again, yoga had guided me towards the exact place I needed to be at exactly the right time! I used what I had learned during my training (and subsequent research) to really live in the moment, nurture my body, connect with the little person growing inside and enjoy my pregnancy. I fully believe that it was my dedication to my spiritual path that blessed me with my beautiful daughter, whose amazing soul I brought into this world in November, 2019.
Later that same year, while still pregnant with Ariadne, we became attuned to Reiki and I completed my Usui Reiki Level I Practitioner training. Ariadne made her presence known throughout the experience and from that moment on has been the most active of little people! Four weeks after she was born, we were both attuned to Reiki Level II and looking into her eyes afterwards, I could sense that she's been here before & knew exactly what had just happened!
I then continued my studies and achieved the honour of Reiki Master in mid-2020. Reiki is an ancient practice that uses energy or ‘Ki’ to redress the balance of our chakras in order to heal our body, mind and soul. It can have profound effects on your physical, mental and emotional & spiritual bodies, and is often used to relieve physical pain and allow the receiver to find a deep sense of peace. This has certainly been my experience, and I would encourage anyone who feels curious about the healing properties of life-force energy to try out a Reiki treatment to experience the benefits for themselves.
In early 2020, I trained with Emma Leaf of Infinite Energy & Yoga in Nada Yoga and gained a further 40hr accreditation with Yoga Alliance as a Sound Healing Facilitator. The benefits of sound vibrations on our physical and subtle bodies are boundless. The vibrations created by certain frequencies can encourage our brain waves towards a Theta state so that we can truly relax and benefit from this transformational healing modality.
Inspired by one of the teachers on my initial teacher training course - Megan Mulrine of Yogatrotter Academy - I delved into the study of the Hindu Gods in early 2020. Captivated by the stories of these deities and how by practising certain asanas, mudras, and mantras we can embody the qualities of the deities for which they are named, I was delighted when Megan offered her Gods of Yoga course and I was able to gain a further 30hr Yoga Alliance certification in Advanced Yoga Philosophy. I look forward to offering a new series of Yoga workshops 'Yoga & the Gods' in the New Year - watch this space!
2020 is really proving a pivotal year for my spiritual growth and studies. I feel like the chaotic energy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be channelled towards positivity and light. So I am currently studying towards my 300hr Yoga Alliance accredited advanced yoga teacher certification with My Vinyasa Practice, which will allow me to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT® 500 and is expanding my heart and mind beyond the beyond!
I am also completing a second 200hr Yoga Alliance accredited yoga instructor certification in Tantric Rajadhiraja Yoga - the Yoga of the King of Kings (the Supreme Consciousness) studying under Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute. Along with refocusing many other aspects of my practice, this training is developing my love of Bhakti Yoga - the yoga of devotion - and I am enjoying learning to use my voice as a tool to uplift through Mantra and Kirtan. To further my understanding of the power of devotional chanting and its inherent ability to deepen the loving presence within, I have also been studying under Krishna Das, the world-renowned western Kirtan artist and devotee of the teachings of The Ramayana.
In addition, I am using this time to train as a certified Shamanic Practitioner with the Circle of the Sacred Drum and learn the sacred art of facilitating Drum Circles for spiritual healing with Christine Stevens. Having always held a fascination with indigenous culture and the role of the Shaman in maintaining the physical and spiritual health of their communities, I am relishing the chance to learn how to connect more deeply with my spirit guides and also how to facilitate this transformative experience for others!
Furthermore, I am exploring the world of Tarot, Crystal Healing & Astrology and I look forward to offering these mystical arts for you so that you will have even more tools to connect with your intuition and find your true direction!
When I'm not knee-deep in books and practice, you can find me rambling in the rural countryside of my native Yorkshire, UK with my family & little dog, or enjoying the beach on the beautiful Caribbean island gem of Barbados - my husband's homeland and our second home.
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