Years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer.
I still remember sitting in that chair at Ealing Hospital holding the results in my hands and not feeling anything. I was in a bubble, no sounds, no voices around, I couldn’t hear anything. In my head, it wasn’t even real.
For the following months, I spent my life between home and the hospital. Surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and all the side effects that come with it were part of my daily routine. After my treatments, I was looking for some gentle rehabilitation. I attended my first yoga class at Macmillan Centre at Charing Cross Hospital. I fell in love with the discipline, and four years later I flew to Goa, India to embark on my yoga teacher training. I wanted to become a yoga teacher.
As a result of the cancer treatment, I became infertile. Whilst I had never felt particularly maternal, it was good to know that the option to become a mother was available to me. Having this option taken away as a result of the treatment I undertook was difficult to deal with. Not being able to conceive left me feeling like I was not ‘woman enough’ and punishing myself for being ‘incomplete’.
Discovering Naked Yoga helped me re-evaluate this negative perception of myself.
I practiced Naked Yoga for the first time at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, and it felt so liberating that I wanted to share the experience with everyone.
At that moment I had no barriers, no inhibitions, and no restrictions. It was a world with open-minded people, no economic or social barriers, a judgment-free and safe space for vulnerable people to express themselves. This freedom I felt is what I had been missing.
Naked yoga finally taught me to accept my body and accept myself exactly how I am today, with all my imperfections. Naked Yoga is about knowing and loving yourself at your core – a tool we can use on our road to self-acceptance.
Just being naked can make us feel vulnerable, not to mention the core pain that surfaces when we practice yoga. By facing these vulnerabilities with this brave and bold approach, we become more grounded and comfortable with ourselves. As I struggled for many years to accept my own body, I now want to help others to feel confident in their own skin.
I am passionate about working with women that don’t feel comfortable showing their bodies, or women who have experienced cancer, anorexia, bulimia. Helping them to accept and love their bodies is a privilege.
The greatest reward for me is seeing the change I’m making in their lives and how confident they become.
I feel my purpose in life is to free the world from body shame, and to remove the negative connotations from the word “nudity”.
I would love to be able to share the knowledge and freedom I have found through doing this with as many of you as possible.
Do get in touch, I can help.
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