I grew up landlocked in the UK, yearning for something more. Aged 21 I moved to the coast of Cornwall, surfed my first wave and something finally fell into place.

 

The eco yoga surf vision

My journey as an environmental activist, surf coach and yoga instructor has taken my all over the world.  It has been my dharma to explore these three themes in my life and I am so grateful for all I have learnt.  Now, it is time to plant some roots and until I find the place to do this, you can reach me here...

This is the online place for my YogaRama business and the space to hold my story.

YogaRama is about travelling with the seasons and swells; embracing expansion through adventures in nature and following the mantra "tread light, shine bright".  My interpretation of these two Sanskrit words:

              {living in harmony with your true self}

             {living in harmony with your true self}

          {following your highest purpose or  dharma }

         {following your highest purpose or dharma}

 

Let's go deeper...

My journey has definitely been a search for the self and a search for truth.  But more than anything, a search for peace.  Growing up, I found ways to numb the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts I experienced due to learning I born with MRKH, an absence of the womb.  This lead to inevitable breakdowns and unhealthy living until at 20, I was drawn to the sea and began to develop a greater awareness - of my body, of my mind, of my actions and of my relationships with others.  It wasn't until years later, through Vipassana, the healing power of surfing and extensive yoga practice, I began to truly love and accept myself.  Therapy has helped too!  Starting to release from trauma, I unravelled into anxiety and mindfully navigated challenges created by an over stimulated nervous system, realising I already many of the tools I needed to find light and relief.  Although, my support network were like true angels.  I am so grateful to those experiences for allowing me to find resilience my darkest of hours and I have developed an emphatic understanding of how we can all suffer internally, yet still appear shiny on the outside.

The ocean, yoga and natural habitats have been my solace, my inspiration and mighty necessary for my rebirth as a fairly grounded and happy individual.  Travelling the world, learning about the physiology of our mind and body systems and strengthening my self esteem has also been integral to working on deep rooted shame, what I feel to be the epicentre of our human suffering.  

Together, through conscious practices, I believe we can work towards a more connected global community, combat mental health stigma and evolve into a more compassionate humanity.  For ourselves, for each other and for the planet; our home and our future.

Not all those who wander are lost
— J.R.R. Tolkein

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 1 ISA surf coach (2008)
  • Level 1 ISA SUP instructor (2016)
  • RLSS lifeguard certificate (last renewal 2016)
  • 100hrs Yin for Vinyasa teachers, Radiantly Alive, Bali (2014)
  • 200hrs Yoga Certificate with Quantum Yoga, Goa (2010)
  • SUP Yoga instructor certificate, SUPFit UK (2015)
  • AIDA Freedive certified level 1
  • PADI Open Water
  • STCW 

experience

  • Roxy Fitness ambassador & coordinator of RUNSUPYOGA event, Jersey   
  • Former Head coach and Senior Surf Manager for Jersey Surf School
  • Writer for SurfGirl Magazine
  • Galley assistant on Operation Zero Tolerance, Sea Shepherd
  • Regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage in the Channel Islands.
  • Cofounder of Women for Whales.
  • Ambassador for Surfer for Cetaceans

It has not been a solo journey, but a collaboration between many artists and co-creators. 

I wouldn't have got to where I am now without the continual and evolving love, support and belief of my family, friends and colleagues.  It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a yoga and surf instructor and that dream would not have come to fruition without all my Teachers, Students and Tribe.  Thank you to everyone for being part of my journey and however our paths crossed I hope it was one of meaning, learning and the icing on the cake of life - laughter. 

 

THE ARTISTS

Cover shot and Surf Shots by Robbie Dark/Permaculture and Yoga shots by Ilona Henne/Adan De Miguel

Sophie Williams/Dale Adams/Hilton Dawe/Carolina A. Castro/Matteo Banschenbach/Hello Glow

ECO

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society/Surfers for Cetaceans/Surfers Against Sewage/Women for Whales/Orca Research Trust/ 

Nurture Ecology/Durrell Conservation/See Turtles Forever

YOGA

Roxy/Roxy Fitness/Radiantly Alive/Quantum Yoga/With-Yin Yoga/Jennifer Moore/

The Yoga Farm/KaliMukti studio/Soul and Surf/Daisy Cottage Camping 

SURF

Jersey Surf School/WaveSisters/Surf Maroc/Quiksilver Surf School Newquay/

Newquay Activity Centre/Pura Vida Surf Retreats/Solscape  

 

Finally, my greatest teachers and guides are my loving parents, who always believed I would follow my dreams, let me lead the way, learn from my own mistakes and grown into the induvidual I am now.