I was first introduced to yoga at the age of four by my mother and I began meditating at nine on a pilgrimage with my maternal grandmother. Yoga and meditation have been part of my daily life ever since. As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, I have engaged passionately and critically with a variety of schools of yoga and yoga therapy, especially Structural Yoga Therapy, Satyananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.
Since 1997, the heart of my daily personal and therapeutic practice has been yoga nidra. I practice yoga nidra a minimum of twice daily, finding it to be the most powerfully transformative and nourishing of all yoga techniques. I first encountered the practice at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in 1996, and have been exploring all aspects of it with fascination ever since. I have studied a variety of approaches to the practice both in India and the UK, with nationally renowned exponents including Swami Muktidharma (Satyananda Acharya, New Zealand), Mukunda Stiles, and Richard Miller. I have refined a range of particularly feminine therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, including its use for the promotion of fertility, positive birthing, postnatal recovery and conscious menstrual health. I have shared yoga nidra with hundreds of people, in every conceivable environment, from nursery schools, hospitals and airports, to giant geodesic domes filled with yogis sheltering from wild storms at yoga festivals and gatherings. I have been sharing the technique with teachers from all lineages on Yoga Therapy training courses and retreats since 1999.
After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, I continue to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. I have further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, and I now work as a yoga therapist with special expertise in women’s health. I am currently refining Womb Yoga through a series of international workshops and retreats
My PhD is in Communications from Goldsmith's College, University of London. Since 2001 I have been a training tutor in Yoga Therapy. I was a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga and taught British Wheel of Yoga In-service training days between 2001 and 2015, when I resigned in protest about their failure to address ethical issues of abuse and exploitation in the yoga world. As a mother, I have been both personally and professionally engaged with the development of pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth and postnatal recovery, and family yoga, and have been training teachers in this field since 2002, when I first tutored for the Birthlight Trust. Since then I have delighted in creating my own courses to promote excellence of teaching in this field, including Well Woman Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and a uniquely responsive Integrated Mother and Baby yoga teacher training. With the intention of widening access to pregnancy and postnatal yoga, I founded Sitaram Yoga with my husband in 1998, and it continues to offer pregnancy and postantal yoga classes in London, including at Kings and St Thomas’s hopsitals.
I leads retreats and courses worldwide, sharing the approach to yoga therapy set out in my CDs, DVDs and books: Mother's Breath, Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, Feel Confident: Yoga for Living, and Yoni Shakti - a book about the evolution of feminine spiritual authority through yoga and tantra. I am currently co-writing another book, The Celtic School of Yoga: An Introduction. For full product listing see Buy Products or go to www.yogamatters.com.
Before yoga and mothering took over my life completely, I spent seven years as a journalist and ten years working as a lecturer, tutor and course designer in higher education. I draw on my experience as writer, educator and mother to create positive learning experiences and high standards of teaching, training, appraisal and support on all my courses.
I am mother to three children: Tejomaya, Abhisheka, and Rajakumari Prayaag, who were all born at home in the Sitaram yoga rooms.