I was supposed to write up this post last week but due to a few real life things it got pushed to the side. Better late than never right?! On the last weekend in May I headed off on the train from Bristol to London Paddington for a weekend of workshops with Kathryn Budig. She is a vinyasa flow yoga teacher based in the USA. She has over 10 years experience of teaching, is super down to earth, with no yogic fluff none sense, she keeps things realistic and I always feel like I can learn a lot when I attend her workshops. One of my goals for this year is to deepen my personal practice so off I went to London!
If you know me now you would have the impression that I am a confident, calm and cool headed woman, which is true now but it wasn't always the case. When I was younger I would have never ever of even dared to head to London by myself. I would have been too anxious and overwhelmed by the big city - I am just a girl from the west coast of Cumbria after all. So with that in mind I am so proud of myself to be able to get on a train, handle the tube and chat to people I have never met before (Kirty and Hannah I am looking at you!).
First things first, when in London hitting up the nearest Wholefoods is a must! We don't have one in Bristol so it is always on the top of my to go to list while in London.
I headed down to TriYoga fairly early so I could grab a locker and a mat at the front of the class (standard, I'm short and I like to be able to see things). Over the course of the weekend there were five workshops with Kathryn, we explored strong vinyasa sequences, travelled through myths and tales, arm balances, backbends and ended the weekend with the most beautiful and much needed moon flow sequence. I felt like I learnt a lot of left feeling totally inspired and re-energised. If you ever get the chance to practice or study with Kathryn I highly recommend it!
I think it is so import for myself as a teacher to take time out and attend workshops and trainings with teachers that inspire me. It reminds me why I fell in love with the practice, why I aim to inspire other people on their own yoga journey and how much yoga has helped shape the person that I am today.
PS: Just a heads up that the details of my first two 2018 yoga retreats will be going live this week. If you wish to be the first to hear about them and any other events I have coming up please do sign up to my email list.