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 (April 2019)
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. Having just completed her undergraduate degree in Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, her mental health suddenly plummeted and Roo was diagnosed with severe clinical Depression & Anxiety that left her physically bed bound for over 6 months. Physically activity had always played a huge role in her life up until that point, working as a pool lifeguard and in gyms, using running and swimming as her stress release, and playing in various team sports, suddenly Roo found all of that was pulled form under her, as just getting out of bed would leave her aching and exhausted, and any sort of elevated heart rate, rather than helping, would simply spiral her into a panic attack.
Under the guidance of her therapist, Roo began a daily mindfulness based meditation practise, and the effects were palpable. Having experienced first hand the power that her mind has over her physical body, Roo developed a deep respect for creating a holistic healthy lifestyle where work and play was balanced with both physical and mental wellbeing.
Roo began to practise yoga itself at a local gym in 2014. Her first teacher was Nicola Rowan-Brookes. It was one of the first times she’d left the house for anything other than therapy sessions for half a year, and her intention at the time was simply to find a gentle exercise class that could ease her back into physical activity. But from those first deep sighing breaths, Roo knew this class was going to be different. It felt like coming up for air for the first time in months. A totally non-judgemental, free space, where Roo was able to explore new movements and learn to enjoy being in her body and living once again.
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.
As she learnt more and more about the physical body from a basis of modern anatomy and science, Roo found that she naturally began to question some of the more rigid traditional styles of yoga and their approaches to the mind and body. As she started to search for more adaptable and eclectic styles to suit the modern body and mind she came across a school called Zuna Yoga, with whom she decided to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training with. Since then, she has continued to challenge and question traditional approaches to yoga. Whilst maintaining a huge amount of reverence and respect for the lineage of her teachers, Roo strongly believes that the modern yogi simply has different needs to those who practised 4000 years ago. Roo continues to challenge and develop the way yoga is taught today, because she really believes in the power of yoga to change lives, and empower individuals and communities to become the best possible versions of themselves.
Roo continues to train and study in various mental and physical practises, most recently completing her level 3 diploma in mat Pilates. In this way, Roo is developing an independant style of teaching methodology, that is designed to adapt to modern life, and get you moving and flowing in more and more powerful and efficient ways.
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.
Teaching from a place of compassion and respect for all.