About The Author
Yoga saved my life. I stumbled across it as a teenager in my local gym. I had been battling anorexia and depression for years and I was immediately drawn to the way yoga made me feel – strong, peaceful and free to explore who I was and who I wanted to be.
At this point, I’d been fighting an eating disorder since I was 15. I’d been in and out of various treatment centres and tried every therapy going. At 18, I hit rock bottom and had a near-death experience when I weighed just 25kg (55lb). My bones were riddled with osteoporosis. I’d gone deaf. I was depressed, drained and defeated.
When I discovered yoga, my whole world changed. I regained weight and health, I went to Thailand to train as a yoga teacher, studied for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology, became English champion in Olympic weightlifting, and created Yoga Gym to challenge stereotypes, inspire hope and empower you to step outside of your comfort zone and do and be whatever and whoever you want to be.
Admittedly, sharing my story is pretty scary. After all, anorexia is messy. But sometimes you have to turn that mess into a message. Yoga Gym is my message. It is a message that you deserve to be the healthiest, fittest, strongest version of yourself. It is a message that being healthy is not about having the perfect body, the perfect diet, or the perfect exercise regime. Being healthy is not about becoming perfect; it is about becoming whole – uniting body, mind, heart and spirit to live life to the fullest.
Yoga transformed me from anorexic to athlete. It gave me a strong body that can run, jump and cartwheel. It gave me a powerful mind, a fire in my belly, and a freedom in my spirit. It taught me that life is about taking risks, making mistakes, and eating too much chocolate at times. It’s about daring greatly, failing greatly and learning greatly. It’s about owning your worth, believing you are good enough and creating space for positive change.
I’ve created Yoga Gym to show you that you have always been beautiful. You have always been good enough. You have always been worthy. Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter and stronger. Enjoy the journey.