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About Naomi


Hello, thank you for being here. I really appreciate it.

I came to yoga during a successful and fairly wild ten year career in the music industry. I have always been music mad but music and the surrounding industry was sending me a little too mad. I ended up selling absolutely everything I owned and travelling to India for six months of Ashram dwelling and teacher training…the beginning of a desperately needed - other beginning.

Following long stints in Kerala & Mysore, I then travelled to the mountains of Canada where I spent four months as an apprentice practicing advanced pranayama in nature. That was a Sivananda ashram and it was a disciplined and beautiful time, yet somehow I became even more detached and although I feel greatly indebted to the profound philosophical teachings of Sivananda (which formed the heart and soul of my early journey through life), I realise now that the pendulum had swung too far the other way.

I am mostly inspired by the power of community, group energy and exploring the infinite potential of the body and mind. Although the techniques have changed, my overall aim has remained the same over 14 years of teaching – to create a safe and nurturing dynamic where each individual is able to plug into the presenting current of energy. These days I find myself less interested in the shape of asana, more intrigued by awareness and how creativity within movement - the instinctive and evolutionary processes of the body - can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves. I am an anatomy nerd, a self confessed magpie - always open to learning, always looking for new inspiration. When I teach I draw upon a diverse background of movement practices - a never ending list of influences. There is always a strong focus on the energy body and the nervous system as I believe we have no idea just how powerful we are and yet I'm determined to try and find out. There is always devotional chanting and mantra, quite often some shaking… a nod towards the sacred. As the founder and creator of ‘Liberate & Elevate’ – one of the first mentorships for yoga teachers to appear in London, I am deeply passionate about the art of teaching and have been leading sold out programmes and retreats for teachers for the last six years. I currently teach for the online yoga platform ‘Movement for Modern Life’.

Other than that I am a mother of the most incredible boy. I am still music mad, I love a cape, some sage - magic and madness!

When not doing any of the above you can find me hanging out with the two males in my life at the beach near Brighton or pogoing enthusiastically at a gig somewhere…it almost always comes back to music.

 

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