Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance® and qualified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
Teaching since 2015.
Other Teaching Qualifications:
Anatomy & Physiology L3 & Principles of Exercise & Fitness L2 – with YMCAfit (December 2018)
Pilates Teacher Training Level 3 Diploma – with Health Fitness Education (currently ongoing)
First Aid Qualifications:
Emergency First Aid at Work – with Academy of Physical Medicine (June 2016)
Mental Health First Aid – with MHFA England (November 2018)
Roo began on her yoga journey over 8 years ago, when she first began to develop a mindfulness meditation practise. A few years later, Roo had just completed her degree in Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham when her mental health spiralled and soon after she was diagnosed with a severe Depression & Anxiety that left her physically bed bound for 6 months. Having always been strong and active, running long distance, swimming (a former qualified pool lifeguard), and playing in various team sports, suddenly Roo found that just getting out of bed would leave her aching and exhausted.
Roo recommitted her efforts to a daily meditation practise, and also started looking into mindful breathing techniques. Through her experience, she was able to experience first hand the power that the mind has over the body, and it was in this period that she also developed a deep understanding for the real importance of looking after yourself and leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Hearing that yoga was focused on promoting health and wellbeing, she began to practise at a local gym in 2014. Her first teacher was Nicola Rowan-Brookes. She can still remember walking into the room, slightly terrified (it was one of the first times she’d left the house for anything other than therapy sessions for half a year), rolling out one of those smelly gym mats, and just feeling so grateful that the lights were low so that she could hide at the back. Nicola was sat cross legged at the front with her eyes closed, and simply invited everyone to take 3 deep sighing breaths. And from those first breaths, Roo knew she had found home.
As her practise grew rapidly – from going once a week, to twice a week, to every single day (twice if possible!) the physical aspects of yoga began to combine with the emotional consciousness of her meditation practise, and this created an unstoppable partnership which was really the turning point for her mental and physical health. Roo’s desire to try every type of yoga she possibly could led her to training in a vast variety of yoga styles, all to a moderately high standard, including Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Forrest Yoga and many more. All of these styles in their own unique way have played a huge role in shaping Roo into the teacher that she is today.
Roo completed her 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training officially in November 2016 and is now an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a fully qualified Continuing Education Provider. Today she offers workshops, privates, and public classes in Birmingham, UK.
Roo has a deep interest in anatomy and physiology from a yogic perspective, applying modern knowledge to ancient traditions to create truly adaptable and effective training methodologies. She hopes to potentially train as sports physio in the future.
Teaching from a place of compassion and respect for all.