Hello, thanks for dropping by!
My name is Trood and I've been practising yoga for the past 24 years. I first went along to classes to keep a friend company. I confess, I was more interested in the coffee and cake afterwards...
As time went on I realised that I was getting more out of yoga than the physical challenge (and the cake); it was bringing me a sense of calm, and for the first time I was gaining an insight into who I really was.
In 2014, I took the plunge and successfully gained my 500-hour, CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga. I can honestly say it was the toughest thing I have ever done, but definitely one of the most rewarding.
I spent a few years pretending to write sitcoms for the BBC so it’s not a huge surprise that I work with a sense of fun, acceptance and irreverence. There's a lot of laughter. I’m forever pondering whether I should take things more seriously but remind myself that the yoga industry is saturated with over-earnest folk banging on about their blocked third eye, usually in a string bikini. I want yoga to be accessible for you ~ someone who’s interested in their own innate spirituality (rather than trying one on for size), someone whose body grumbles when asked to run for a bus, someone who likes baggy t-shirts and joggers, and binge-watches First Dates Hotel (best programme ever).
Come and join me. No judgement, no criticism. Just turn up and see what happens. I don’t care if you can’t touch your toes or can flip up into handstands. None of it matters. What matters is you’ve taken the step to prioritise yourself, you’ve decided to dedicate time to decompress, to relax, to breathe.
In my book, that’s a bloody big win.
20-year personal practice in yoga and meditation
CYQ Level 3 500-hour Diploma in Teaching Yoga
Fully insured member of Yoga Scotland, the governing body for yoga in Scotland
I have attended workshops and lectures by Leslie Kaminoff, Esther Ekhart, Gary Carter, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Brahmavidananda Saraswati, Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati, & Swami Santatmananda
I'm currently studying Buddism on the 3-year Nangi Shedra course through Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery & Tibetan Buddhist Centre.
I'm co-founder of Bab'yama Wellness Hub in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a space that provides yoga, meditation and healing to the local community.
I'm a former Trustee of Yoga Scotland, the Governing Body for Yoga for Scotland, and editor of Yoga Scotland Magazine.
This little guy is Mr Kip, a border/beardy cross rescue and a total sweetheart. You'll see him in the B&BY videos, usually scratching or licking himself inappropriately ...