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Hello (*stands up) I’m Paula, aka Yogi Bird and yoga has truly changed my life!
I’m a North London gal living in the Midlands since 2001 and share my life with my (very patient) husband and many rescue furry and feathery babies. And here I am sharing with you a little about my own yoga journey.
As a child and teenager, I was extremely sporty and an accomplished gymnast, representing my school and county. But gymnastics was where my passion lay and maybe that’s what drew me to yoga as I got older – I somewhat viewed it as gymnastics for grownups. It was over 20 years ago I visited my first class but that was where my yoga would start and finish – on the mat. I enjoyed my ‘workout’ and stretching myself into ‘shapes’ but it has only been in more recent years that I have come to realise, yoga is so much more than just exercise and reaches way beyond the mat. In 2013 I left my sales and marketing career and studied for a more challenging and rewarding one in teaching. A few years later I had what I can only describe as a calling and took steps towards gaining my yoga teacher qualification and completed my diploma in 2017. Nothing could quite prepare me for how my training would change my life and I soon realised this was literally just the start of a whole new chapter. This led me to study and train in more specific areas of yoga, such as Yin, Pregnancy and Nidra – I am a self-confessed course addict! I love to learn and am continually updating and expanding my yoga and teaching knowledge and love sharing this with my students.
So why do I love yoga so much? Well, as someone who has ‘burnt out’ and experienced injury and illness, as well as long standing issues with my weight, I know first-hand the physical and psychological affects this can have on an individual. I totally understand how difficult it can be to love yourself and find the courage to go to a class for the first time – Especially when you are carrying extra weight or harbouring old injuries and negative self-belief. I believe yoga is for everyone and every body. I love creating a safe non-judgemental space where people can come and practice yoga. An environment we can all benefit from. So, whether it be working towards a fitter, stronger more flexible you. Or taking some ‘me time’, reducing anxiety or learning to relax. It’s all there within reach via yoga. I like to call it ‘yoga magic’.
I recently celebrated my 50th birthday – I think, feel, breathe, and move better than I have ever done. But like most I am definitely a work in progress and my age comes with many new challenges and the biggest being the menopause. Quite honestly, I don’t know how I’d survive without my yoga. It has changed my life and literally gives me superpowers! Therefore, it is my intention to help you find ‘your yoga’. So, I invite you to join me on the mat… Bat cape and tights are optional 😉