Yoga – for mental and physical well-being

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April Burrow asana on the beach

April Burrow is joining the team to teach hatha yoga on Monday nights from 16 April. Here she explains just how much yoga has done for her mental and physical wellbeing.

Yoga has played a massive part in my life in helping me overcome eating disorders and gain some much-needed self confidence. I had struggled with it all for many years, and although I’d done yoga very inconsistently for a while, just to stretch off after doing other fitness, it wasn’t until I went on a yoga retreat that I discovered how amazing it was for mental health and emotional well-being as well as physical health. It’s given me a much better relationship with my own body and also just makes me feel so amazing! After talking with the other girls on retreat, who all encouraged me to become a teacher myself, I decided to hand my notice in at work and go for it! 

Having been a professional musician in the military for nearly seven years, it’s going to be a big lifestyle change but one which I’m incredibly excited for. Doing my teacher training in India confirmed for me that I was on the right path, as I loved every minute of it out there and learned so much. Since I’ve been back I’ve done some private teaching. It has been so fulfilling to see people who didn’t really know a lot about yoga discover the practice and all its benefits. 

I’ve also done my fitness instructor training and will be doing personal training qualifications later this year, as well as sports massage and Pilates. As well as this, in March I’ll be starting a year-long health coaching course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, as ultimately I would like to become a wellness coach, using the principles of healthy eating and enjoyable exercise to help people live their best lives! 

Other than yoga, I also love to travel, I have a passion for learning languages and about other cultures.

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