My love affair with yoga began at the tender age of 18 when I worked at a Health Farm as a Beauty Therapist. It was there that I discovered (old school) Hatha yoga. It was nowhere near as hip, cool and main stream as it is today, in fact it was quite basic, however, after about a year, I began to realize that I was not only more flexible but that I also felt really calm after my yoga class, I was hooked.
However, soon after I turned 21, it was the late ‘Eighties’ and London was beckoning, so I swapped the Health Farm and Yoga for a high flying Executive Career with a large well known Cosmetics company. I was very quickly introduced to a taste of the high life, from; big hair, big shoulder pads, company car, champagne lunches in plush London hotels to promotional trips abroad. I worked 24/7 and with that came big pay cheques but also big stress levels!
Fast forward to the late 90’s, I was married with 2 lovely children, lived in a beautiful house in the country and had the lifestyle to match, on the outside my life looked picture perfect, but behind closed doors, I knew different, my marriage was falling apart and I certainly wasn’t living my truth but I couldn’t see a way out.
It was at this time that I was introduced to a very different style of yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and so began my next love affair with yoga. I practiced Ashtanga religiously twice a week for 3 years, I totally got it. Yoga got me out of my head and in to my heart, it made me more aware of my innermost feelings, it made me feel free and more connected to my intuition, I decided that I wanted to learn more. At this time, by chance, my yoga teacher had just taken a class in a yoga studio in Cornwall with Bridget Woods Kramer.
Bridget was teaching a new style of yoga (after spending several years in the States studying personally with John Friend), it was named ‘Anusara Yoga’, so I looked her up and booked her very first training courses of Anusara in the UK. That first week of training with Bridget absolutely intensified and sealed my passion for yoga forever and had a profound effect on the direction my life was about to take. She is such a sweet, humble, caring lady and has magnified my understanding of yoga in infinite ways. I am so immensely grateful to her for everything she has taught me on and off the mat over the years. I will always refer to her as my primary teacher, she is now also a dear friend whom I don’t see nearly often enough.
After my first training with Bridget in the Spring of 2003, I started teaching almost immediately and doors have been opening for me ever since. At first I was asked to cover a couple of classes in local health clubs, then before I knew it, within a year, I had 18 regular classes per week which was not ideal and exhausting to say the least. However I found that practising and teaching yoga was my dharma, it also helped me through an extremely traumatic, intense and difficult period of my life. Yoga was my lifeline of sanity and stability, it literally offered me the strength to process a family death, an abusive alcoholic relationship, my divorce, bankruptcy, as well as giving me the empowerment to raise and support my 2 children as a single Mum and move forwards in my life – those classes also paid my bills.
Fast forward again and that seems like a lifetime ago, as the saying goes, ‘after the dark times there is always light’. I am now an established yoga teacher with 17 years of teaching experience and have accumulated over 2000 hours of personal development, training and study over this time which has qualified me as a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. I have been privileged to study and learn from numerous world class teachers of immeasurable excellence and consequently, have gained a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience in many different styles of yoga.
I now happily remarried and live in Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes with my husband Brian, my cats and dog. Brian is also a yoga teacher and my absolute rock, we live a contented life and share the same beliefs, goals and visions for our future. My children are now grown up, my son is a very talented artist/musician and is currently taking a couple of years out travelling the world, and my daughter has moved to London where she is building a great career in the city. I am hugely proud of them both, they have turned in to completely well rounded, kind, generous, friendly individuals and they totally get the philosophy behind what I do,
So my life now – I practice, study, teach and mentor yoga, I write, I read, I walk my dog every day in the beautiful woods near us, I’m always listening to an eclectic genre of music, I love socialising and going out once in a while but also am just as content staying in, spending time with my family, cooking and entertaining friends at home. I love exploring different cultures, travelling, festivals and generally living my life to its richest potential these days.
I believe that when we can align our Body, Mind and Heart, we are literally choosing to become more conscious – of ourselves, others and the world around us. My yoga journey has taught me to sit with my shit, process it and then to make self affirming choices, I can choose to be inspired, live my truth, grow and evolve in to a more balanced happier person or choose to live a life of lies, regrets and unhappiness. Yoga has given me back my freedom of spirit, it’s opened my heart to love, it’s given my mind such clarity. Its enabled me to wholeheartedly embrace every moment and cherish all that life has to offer. It has also encouraged me to seek adventure, try new things and above all laugh and have fun. I feel that the greatest danger in life is routine and becoming regimented.
Lastly, the most fantastic thing about teaching yoga is that I will always be a student, there is always room for further study and positive personal growth, there is no arrival point of knowledge. I am passionate about what I do and I feel blessed that I am able to impart and share my learning experiences so that I can inspire confidence, promote healing, and offer a sense of well being to others .
These testimonials make me feel so very privileged to do what I do. They are personal and lovely. Thank you to all of you for giving me permission to publish them here and for your ongoing studentship and friendship. B xx
I stumbled across Brigitte’s yoga class about 9 years ago and accidentally embarked on an entirely wonderful and ongoing journey. I turned up to improve my fitness and flexibility; I got and keep getting so much more. Brigitte delivers a rare blend of in-depth knowledge body mechanics and spiritual integrity, delivered in a down-to-earth and warm way. Through Brigitte, I realised that the point of yoga is not to be able to tie yourself in knots but to learn how to navigate life in a healthy and happy way. The physical transformation is a welcome side effect compared to the real benefits of her teaching. On my mat, I learnt that how noisy my habitual thoughts are when meeting challenge. More importantly, I discovered the magic that unfolds by meeting life’s challenges by simply putting my attention on my breath, being open to possibility and letting go of any expectation, positive or negative. As well as lovely friends, amazing memories from retreats and the ability to touch my toes, yoga has given me a perspective that has improved every aspect of my life. I will always be immensely grateful for Brigitte for helping me to take my yoga off my mat and into my little world in a way that makes it so much brighter and more fulfilling to live in.
Brigitte’s classes always make me happy. She teaches from her heart and draws on her huge amount of knowledge and experience to give each person in her class a special practice, tailored to them. Be prepared to play!
I started to practice yoga with Brigitte in 2008 and put simply, it has had a profoundly positive effect on my life to the extent that I am now a yoga teacher myself. If I am able to impart a tenth of the inspiration, hope and joy in my own students as she has in me, then I know that I’m on the right track.
Brigitte’s classes are inspiring and profoundly moving, the perspective that she brings is one that always resonates on a deep level with me. The flowing commentary, instruction and spiritual reflections are simply beautiful. There is something hypnotic about her classes because the physical and mental focus are entwined to support each other. Brigitte has a soothing reassuring warmth in her voice conveying expression and real clarity, which gives me clarity over the minor tribulations in my every day life. I continually feel a freshness, depth and new energy to my own practice now, as what I have learned comes back to me in little realisations every now and again. Through Brigitte’s teachings, I actually feel different about myself and the world around me. I hope in the future many more people will get to experience and appreciate the gift of yoga practice with this special lady.
Brigitte is an amazing person and brings all her skills, passion, compassion and joy of life in to her classes. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you always learn something new to help you on your journey.
Brigitte is one of those unique teachers who is always growing herself through practise, training and experience and manages to synthesise these facets into understandable practises and philosophy for her students. She is an inspirational teacher and writer, helping me push my personal boundaries. She has also helped me rebuild post various injuries and surgeries over the last few years, yet manages to keep the experience fun and challenging, hence the reason I always come back.
Her retreats are exceptional and the fact that she cares about you as a person too, shines through everything she does. I could not recommend Brigitte more highly.
Brigitte teaches from the heart, underpinned by a wealth of knowledge and experience. She just seems to know when you need an easier option or when you need to be challenged. Her vinyasa classes can be strong and dynamic or smooth and soulful. Her yin classes will stretch your muscles and her restorative classes leave you nourished. She can guide you in meditation and relax you with yoga nidra. Her urban retreat days and her international retreat holidays will leave you completely refreshed and relaxed.
Brigitte is a compassionate and caring person with a love of life and a sense of humour.
Brigitte is not only a wonderful teacher, she is an incredibly warm person who makes her classes a real personal experience. Whether you’re bendy and flexible, or your body likes to hold on to tension, Brigitte always has a suggestion for alternatives which will maximise the benefits you gain from her class. Her passion for yoga shines through, and I always come out of her classes feeling amazing.
Brigitte is not only a brilliant meditation and yoga teacher but an amazingly selfless and inspiring individual. She’s always learning more to pass on to her yogis. Whether at one of her yoga classes, meditation or the sublime restorative yoga, she takes great care of us all and you can’t fail to leave inspired and feeling a whole lot better than when you went in! Personally Brigitte has given me loads of free advice, particularly when I was seriously ill last year. Everyone should try her classes or retreats. You will wish you joined years ago!
I have been practicing yoga with Brigitte for a number of years and have also been lucky enough to join her on several retreats. Brigitte is an inspiring and knowledgeable teacher, her enthusiasm is contagious. She is one of those charismatic people who have the rare quality of creating an atmosphere of self belief and trust. I began practicing yoga following a devastating period in my life when I lost someone very dear to me. In addition to this I work with children who have experienced extreme loss and trauma. The work can leave me feeling sad and empty at times. On my journey to experience and learn yoga I had a desire to build physical strength and flexibility. Whilst this began to take place, an extraordinary emotional strength and spiritual awareness also grew. I have found that Brigitte sprinkles a little bit of magic in her classes and on her retreats and if we are open to this we can sense this in our hearts and feel the warmth. I am left feeling energised and full of serenity and joy both physically and emotionally stronger and more able to face the world again. Thank you Brigitte for bringing colour back into my world.