Louise discovered yoga in her twenties, as an antidote to a busy life and a stressful working environment. What began as an effective form of stress relief soon developed into a lifelong passion and Louise began teaching in 2007 after enrolling on the British Wheel of Yoga’s 500-hour yoga teaching diploma. Simultaneously, she began attending regular retreats with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and has always incorporated mindfulness into her classes, workshops and retreats. As well as group classes, Louise offers one to one sessions for those who enjoy private tuition.
Since she began teaching yoga, Louise has gained a wealth of experience with diverse groups of students, teaching in settings including: mental health services; drug and alcohol support services; primary and secondary schools and a female asylum seekers project. She also taught yoga to the first and youth teams at Everton football club for two seasons before she relocated to Wales in 2012. In 2016, she completed Trauma Sensitive Yoga training with David Emerson from the Brookline Trauma Center and has worked with clients with PTSD and complex trauma ever since. The principles of trauma informed practice now inform all Louise’s work and have inspired her to begin studying for an MA in Psychotherapeutic Practice.
Louise’s key influence in the physical practice of yoga (asana) is Vanda Scaravelli, a teacher who emphasised listening to the body’s wisdom rather than being fixated on attaining certain yoga postures. In Vanda’s words: “Do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose. Do not look at your body like a stranger but adopt a friendly approach towards it. Watch it, listen to it, observe its needs, its requests, and even have fun. To be sensitive is to be alive.”
Since 2013, Louise has been sharing kirtan, a mantra singing practice which is part of the path of Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion). This practice has had a transformative effect on her own life, increasing her confidence and self-expression and strengthening her faith in the process of life. She recorded her first kirtan CD in 2016 and shares kirtan locally and at festivals and gatherings further afield.
In December 2017, Louise relocated from Mumbles to Cwmfelin Boeth so she could live more closely attuned to nature’s rhythms in the beautiful Welsh countryside. She now spends most of her precious spare time growing vegetables and enjoying her woodland home.