Hi, my name is Victoria. I am a meditation and yoga teacher based in Farnham, Surrey, UK.
I began practising meditation in 2003 in a self-taught capacity. I was drawn to the peace and mental clarity I felt carving out time in silence every day. In 2004 upon looking for an environment to sit with others I came across the North London Buddhist Centre & joined their weekly meditation & dharma (Buddhist) study classes. In 2007 I took my vows to practice Buddhism within the context of the Triratna order. This commitment deepened and supported my meditations and understanding of how to share this necessary tool for a more peaceful life.
After practising many styles of yoga for around 20 years, in 2016 I decided to learn more for my own knowledge base and undertook my 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training. In order to practice for my course I taught various classes across a number of my local yoga studios where upon completion of my training I was offered a job despite not meaning to teach! I now teach and cover at my
home-based studio in my bell tent, 1:1’s at your home and in Surrey based yoga studios.
Meditation can help to keep you present, the only moment that really exists. But really – what does that even mean?! You know how your mind is always planning, thinking about work tomorrow, tonight’s dinner, this summer’s holiday. Or maybe you’re caught up in ruminating on a conversation you had last week, or something you forgot to do. None of any of that really matters – it’s not here yet, or it’s gone, nothing can be done about it. So meditation helps us to keep our minds on what is happening now. And with that, comes a sense of calm. A spaciousness to consider our reactions. An awareness of what really matters.
Sometimes, sitting to meditate can be a big challenge. We fidget and fuss with our mind running all over the place. The origins of yoga came as an aid to sitting in meditation. Working the wriggles and aches out of our body before we settle in stillness. But yoga itself is known to be a moving meditation, combining your breath with movement is a great way to get out of the thought process. With the added benefit of building strength & tone.
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