About Rupal

"You do not have to be good...

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves..."

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

I first started practising yoga when I was looking for a way to manage eczema, which was exacerabted by stress and anxiety. The weekly class helped me to feel less stressed and gave me tools I could use. Yoga spoke to my body and heart whilst bypassing my busy mind and I felt the quiet power of being in the body rather than being led by my erratic mind.

After years of practising Yoga I decided I wanted to share my passion with others. I trained in the tradition of Krishnamacrya and TKV Desikachar with Paul Harvey at the Centre for Yoga Studies and completed the BWY accredited teacher training and Yoga Therapy course in 2012.

I have supported people with mental health issues and spent the last 15 years working in community development projects supporting people in vulnerable situations through befriending. I have studied Ayurveda, the Science of Life, as well as Psychotherapy and Nutrition (not qualified), all of which means my approach is holistic and relevant.

Now more than ever, I am so grateful for all the teachings that have been offered to me over the years by so many and I feel happy to be able to share these with others. I continue to use Yoga principles and practices in my day to day life, somatic and embodiment practices, as well as inquiry practices. I am keen to make Yoga accessible for everyone and to find ways to make it relevant to our lives today. I am interested in how we can embrace this awe-inspiring vehicle we have, our bodies, to embody our thoughts, emotions and spirit, to come back to ourselves, quieten the mind, open our hearts and build our capacity for awareness both on and off the mat.

I am fully qualified and insured to teach Yoga and registered with the BWY as a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.