A native Londoner, born to Greek parents, I worked for almost two decades as a copy advisor and senior strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and marketing specialist, for senior UK government departments, a leading UK cancer charity as well as consulting start-ups, volunteering in several countries and performing on stage. You could say I was a do-er that couldn’t stop doing.
My journey into the power of meditation began whilst on an academic year-long career break in 2002 when I decided to go to theatre school and found myself focusing my Masters dissertation on researching integrative meditation techniques to see if they could be used to unblock stage fright and anxiety in actors. Following the success of my findings and my increased curiosity, I embarked on years of learning and practising various spiritual, psychological and philosophical techniques. I was becoming a do-er learning be-ing. These have included chakra work, Reiki, Yoga Nidra, heart, brain and breathing techniques, neuroscience and meditation, integrative psychotherapy and counselling, psychodrama and ecotherapy.
Over the years I have trained and continue my personal development with various schools and wonderful teachers, including gaining a post-graduate foundation in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Minster Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (UK), Andy McGeeney (UK), YogaCampus (UK), Philip Permutt (UK) and Reiki Maya (UK). I will be forever indebted to the incredible Uma Tilmsore Tuli, Nurlipta Tuli and Ben Wollf of the Yoga Nidra Network and BreathForLife who enabled me to bring together many of the techniques I had been using over the years and in particular during my recovery, with the neuroscience to back up every claim.
I have been lucky enough to work and practice in a variety of settings, including but not limited to, working with children, addicts in recovery (both in London and Cape Town), destitute women and children, the elderly, adaptive needs and on private retreats. My interests lie in neuroscience and using what nature gave us to hack our bodies and minds, the power of nature and connectedness, living with unseen disabilities and chronic pain and also exploring death and living whilst dying – bringing death to the mainstream and conscious living of how we choose to live before we die.
In my spare time I can be found performing improvisation, going off-map on hikes, falling off a surf board and trying to keep to the beat on my drum kit.
Me, My teachings and I
I have always believed that one should practice before one preaches and I found my life experiences (which have included moments of high stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating patterns, depression, work exhaustion, grief and loss) provided me with the perfect conditions to really put what I was learning and teaching to the test. One of my biggest life changing experiences (to date) was when I was left with a complicated acquired brain injury and a plethora of cognitive, motor and neurological symptoms following a serious illness. During this difficult period I decided that I would breathe into each moment and see what unfolded. I decided to apply techniques using breath, meditation and visualisation and accessed an inner awareness on a cellular level, hearing my body tell and show me its needs, watching it heal itself and restore damage that was unthinkable.
Because of this, I decided to dedicate myself to teaching meditation on a full-time basis.
Over the years I have become more and more interested in neuroscience and the scientific discoveries in the relationship between each major organ, our cells and the breath and how each part of our cellular system (and other systems around us) influence one another and how we, as a part of nature, can benefit from being in nature. I am continually entranced with how science has begun to prove in modern world terms (in a world where facts are gospel), things that many wise people have instinctively known for centuries – we, and the world around us, are complex and incredible creations, capable of so much more than we think we are.
It has become important to me that my practice and hence the sessions that I offer embody all I have experienced so far: the body, mind and spirit.
My aim is to help people realise their full potential, live in present connection with the world around them and to experience a more fulfilled and healthier life.
I am also focused on raising awareness on a local and macro level of what it is to go through a serious illness, living with unseen disabilities and sharing the hope and gifts that come from going through such an experience. I have written in detail about my experience for Meningitis Now and UK Health Magazine. If you want to get involved on getting the message out there, please contact me.
"Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have."
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