Donna found Ashtanga Yoga whilst traveling in Rishikesh, North India in 1998. She immediately saw the benefits of regular practice and committed to a traditional daily practice. In 2000 she moved to London to study under Hamish Hendry at Astanga Yoga, London. There she learned to teach in the traditional Mysore style, developing the style of hands on adjustment and learning how to hold a space for committed practice.
After many periods of regular study in Mysore with the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga yoga system, and with his grandson, Sharath Jois, she received KPJAYI level 2 authorization. She is fully qualified to teach both the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga. Her teaching reflects both the traditional Mysore style and her belief that postural practice must be adapted to meet the needs of the individual and their life circumstances.
Donna feels her daily practice supports her through all the challenges and changes that life throws up. Practice keeps her strong and flexible and helps her to stay focused and grounded. She often says her practice is the one constant in an ever changing life.
Donna has been close to the mountains all of her life, carried up peaks before she could walk up them. Her childhood was spent exploring the mountains of the Lake District, the Highlands and Snowdonia. Later, as a young women she toured the Pyrenees. She has since made a point to walk in the mountains of other countries as she has traveled the world.
In 2012 she was introduced to rock climbing, scrambling and winter mountaineering; opening up a whole new way to explore the wild places. Alongside her yoga practice these activities keep her focused and living in the moment. She says although the experience takes her out of her comfort zone, the challenge always leaves her feeling more alive and confident- and ready to face whatever life demands.