I was born and raised in former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan. I was just coming up to my teenage years when the great reform, Perestroika, had taken place there. In 1991, I moved to Russia to study music at the State Conservatoire in the Ural Mountains. It is here that I was first introduced to yoga, initially via the study of Theosophy and Agni Yoga through the metaphysical teachings of Nicholas Roerich and Helena Blavatskaya. My whole being had strongly connected to the teachings - it felt very familiar as if I was returning to something that I have experienced before. And yet I knew that I wasn't ready to delve deeper. I wanted to experience life's challenges and I needed to mature. Life did not disappoint.
In 1998 I moved to the UK and in 2005 I began to study psychology as part of my degree in Community Justice, which lead me to a professional career in the Criminal Justice Sector - supporting people through life's challenges, motivating and helping them facilitate change, for nearly two decades. This was an extremely interesting and rewarding career and on the surface, everything looked good. Yet, internally I began to struggle. By the time I realized that the stress-busting strategies I was using were unsustainable, my body was already rebelling. I developed chronic fatigue and in 2013 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
In 2014 I began to delve deeper into the teachings of yoga - both, as the result of my physical and emotional struggles and through deep spiritual calling. This was the beginning of my awakening that resulted in a complete change of lifestyle and direction in life.
It was through the teachings of yoga and Ayurveda, and through my daily practice, that I began to really understand how to be in alignment; relating to my emotions, my mind and my struggles in the most resilient and expanding way. The lifestyle, dietary changes, insight and understanding that Ayurveda and yoga had given me led me to where I am today - virtually symptom-free, changing my career in my 40's and continuing to grow, develop and evolve, this time with more awareness and love.
I am a qualified Yoga and Meditation Teacher and a Qualified Yoga Nidra Facilitator. I am also a Certified Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant, having completed CMA Accredited Ayurveda Training at the Ayurveda Pura Academy in London.
Sharing these teachings has been one of the most profound experiences of my life.
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be"
- Lao Tzu
2022 - present 10 months Kriya Yoga Course at Mandala Yoga Ashram, Wales
2018 - Reiki Level 1 Diploma facilitated by Ruth Handley
2015 - 2017 Mandala Yoga Ashram: YTT Diploma - specialised in Yoga Asana, Meditation and Yoga Nidra
2014 - 2015 AuroLab Yoga Foundation course led by Michele Lambert
2005 - 2007 University of Wales: BA Community Justice - studied Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Trained in Motivational Interviewing and other interviewing techniques as well as facilitating the Enhanced Thinking Skills programme
1991 - 1993 Russian State Conservatoire: BA Performing Arts - specialised in piano
"Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power"
- Lao Tzu
Workshops and Seminars
A 3-day Ayurveda Conference in Somerset, June 2019
A 2-day Ayurveda Seminar on Gut-Brain Connection and Learning Panchakarma with Dr Marda in London, March 2019
A 4-day Bioenergetics retreat with Devaraj at Osho Leela Personal Development Centre in Dorset, February 2019
A Scarvelli inspired yoga workshop with Helen Noakes in Cardiff, December 2018
A 4-day Ayurvedic seminar with Dr Vasant Lad in London in October 2018
A weekend workshop on developing kirtan practice with Tom Simenauer in Stroud, September 2017
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