Competitive sport has been a huge part of my life from about the age of 6, I managed to stay injury free, mostly, up to the age of 10 then things went downhill! Joking aside I have had a sporting career littered with injury but wouldn’t change it for anything. I represented the district in both swimming and rugby at age group level and met some awesome people and lifelong friends. I even managed the dream of playing at Murrayfield with some of them.
I’ve experienced many different methods to keep me playing, none as successful as kinetic chain release and connective tissue release. I have many to thank for the introduction to this excellent treatment. I originally took the course to help Jo get over her hip injury and many courses later I love helping people from many walks of life. Whether it’s a young child struggling at school or with an injury or an older person having difficulty with day to day life, it always makes me feel better when I can help other people.
Sport has been an important part of my journey, not only in the playing. Following my degree course in education, specialising in physical activity, I started the Enjoy-a-Ball West Lothian franchise. Within this I coached young children in different ball sports and give children a fun, positive first experience in sport and activity.
I continue to enjoy sport, especially helping athletes recover from injury or to perform at the best level they can. I love that I can do all of this through KCR.
Yoga has always drawn me in, in various points throughout my life when I needed it most. From a young age I was health conscious but also clumsy and injury prone. I fell playing football when I was around 11 and fractured my coccyx. I remember receiving a book from my grandmother and trying shoulder stand in my bedroom. I would practice in my bedroom whilst listening to music and to help with pain I was feeling in my lower back. This is an area I’ve always had weakness in. I then tried various styles of yoga and developed a regular practice. I love keeping fit and tried many different types of fitness and sports but nothing leaves me feeling the way I do after a yoga practice.
It wasn’t until I had my hip surgery in September 2013 that made me realise how much I missed my physical practice. However it got me deeper into the other amazing aspects that yoga has to offer, pranayama (breath) meditations, philosophy. That time taught me a lot about how I can use my practice to help heal my body, reduce my stress and frustrations and integrate this into my life. Yoga gives me a strength that I’ve never experienced before.
I became a yoga teacher for my love of yoga and to learn more about my body, to help with my heal and to deal with some past issues. Yoga is my therapy. I want to help others experience that feeling . . . the feeling of stepping on your mat and feeling that nothing else matters. The feeling of your body transforming, getting stronger and letting go.
As I’ve grown my practice has evolved, I’ve wanted to learn more about my body, how it works and to learn more about the world both inner and outer. Yoga is part of my everyday life, when I sit or stand on my mat I feel focussed, calm and strong.
Unfortunately an injury set me back from my goals and progressing with my practice. I believe there is always a right time and things happen for a reason. After surgery I was determined to become stronger both mentally and physically. KCR and yoga has been the perfect combination to allow me to achieve this.
I teach Vinyasa flow, a flowing yoga sequence, where one posture links to another and is synchronised with the breath. However I work in a way that it therapeutic for the body.
Physically yoga creates a toned, flexible and strong body. Yoga improves respiration, digestion, increases energy and relieves pain. Yoga helps you to look younger than your age, improves your athletic performance.
Mentally yoga helps to relax and focus the mind, helps you to handle stressful situations, encourages positive thoughts and self love.
Find out more about Jo’s recovery from surgery here