Q: How were you inspired to start your business?
When I started, I was going to focus exclusively on workplace stress, delivering relaxation sessions to business to help maintain staff wellbeing. I still do this, but I was talking to my friend Angela Durrant, of Talk Skills, and she pointed out that when I talked about my recovery, and the way that Yoga helped me get sober, and could help others. I realised that I had a very important message to share, and that I could help people who were in my situation before I got sober.
Q: How much do you love what you do?
I get such a buzz from knowing that I can and do help people . Seeing people come to me stressed and anxious, then seeing them have lightbulbs of realisation, or leaving me a million times more relaxed, or learning that my book, or a blog post I wrote, has really helped someone to make sense of their life. I never experienced satisfaction like this in my previous life, I know that I can actually make a difference to people’s lives.
Q: If you could go back to a point in your life when you were facing a challenge, what inspirational advice would you give yourself?
Take some deep breaths and think of all the things that went well for you today, all the things you did well, and all the good things that are in your life (even if the best you can come up with is ‘I remembered to brush my teeth, and I had a toothbrush, toothpaste and clean water to brush them well. Deep breaths and gratitude will go a long way to transforming your experience of life, and would have certainly done me the world of good!
Q: Tell us how your business inspires your clients!
By sharing my personal story of addiction and recovery, I am helping to break the stigma, and showing that there is another way to recovery besides the 12 Steps.
Q: Knowing you aren’t alone in something and that there is light at the end of the tunnel means a lot when you are feeling low. What is a typical problem someone you work with might be facing and how do you guide them back into the light?
I believe that addiction is, to a very large extent, a coping strategy gone somewhat awry, and a way to replace a deep feeling of disconnection they feel within themselves, the outside world and their spiritual selves. I help people develop new coping strategies, learn to relax and be more at ease with themselves. I help them calm their anxious minds, to see a brighter side to life, to sleep and feel rested, and to connect to themselves, other people and their spiritual aspect (however that is for them)
Q: As people we are always evolving and learning things on our life journey. Where do you find inspiration?
I take inspiration from all sorts of things, but mostly music and nature. I also read a lot, and watch lots of inspirational and educational videos. I am always guided by the principle of Yoga that helped me to get sober in the first place.
Q: Businesses are always evolving too… what are you inspired to do next?
I love to write, and have got a number of book ideas to fine tune and hone down. I want to get another book published in 2018. I published my first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga in 2016, so next year would be a great time.
I also want to start running live events, workshops and retrets. I haven;t taught yoga in person for a few months now, and would love to develop workshops for people in recovery, and for those who aren’t in recovery but feel in need of some more resilience and stress managment