Meet The Team
Founder and Director
It was as a mother of young children with a full-time, job in television that I started to realize the extraordinary health benefits of yoga. In yoga I found a tool which was always available to me — whether in the yoga class or outside — to energize, bring positivity where there was negativity, to calm anxiety and stress and to help with insomnia. I have found that it has also been an invaluable help while transitioning through the menopause. Through different yoga postures, breath work, meditation and mindfulness, yoga helped me re-evaluate my life and realize how important the relationship between body and mind is, and to focus on the things that matter most.
Having practiced yoga for 30 years, I decided to train as a teacher so that I could share the life-enhancing benefits of yoga. Since qualifying with The Yoga Campus, London, I have taken many specialist therapeutic yoga trainings and have completed over 500 hours of training. I have taken yoga into cancer recovery, palliative care, mental health and teach yoga to the local communities of Bethnal Green and Finsbury Park as well as working one-to-one, and run therapeutic yoga retreats in the UK and overseas. The Yoga for Life Project is the culmination of this - my yoga journey thus far. I have found that it has also been an invaluable help while transitioning through the menopause and in supporting my husband with long haul Covid - 19.
I bring 20 years experience in the Third Sector, including in programme development and management, partnership working, fundraising, communications, capacity building, training, facilitation, community engagement and outreach.
As founder director of Reachability, an Oxford based social enterprise specialising in participatory training, facilitation and capacity building I designed and obtained funding for a number of community development and capacity building programmes.
More recently, as a yoga teacher, under my independent community well-being organisation Natural Connection I have forged a key partnership with Globe Community Project (GCP) and Praxis in order to deliver an innovative pilot teaching English as a Second Language through yoga with refugee and migrant women. I also work closely with Sustain on age inclusion for volunteers in community gardens and food growing spaces across London.
When I was 14, I started doing yoga and fell in love with it. I experienced how beneficial yoga could be for my physical and mental health while growing up. As a Psychology of Fashion student, I have developed an interest in Health Psychology and holistic approaches to health. Moreover, I have experience in working in fashion, social media and PR. After moving to London, I became one of Claire’s students and heard about TYFLP. I decided to join the project as I strongly believe in the cause and want to share the benefits of yoga with as many people as possible.
Valentine not only is one of our wonderful yoga teachers, but she also is our graphic designer and content creator.