Tamsin is an experienced and internationally trained yoga teacher/yoga therapist. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, teaching in the UK and Africa since 2012. As a qualified Yoga Therapist, she is a registered Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council practitioner. She is further certified in Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Yoga, Baby Massage, and Yoga for Special Needs. Tamsin’s teaching is inspired by the Vinyasa and Vini traditions, and is dynamic, creative and nurturing. She is particularly interested in the link between yoga, wellbeing and mental health.
Tamsin was first introduced to yoga as a child by her mother, a long-time yogi. Tamsin’s own practice has evolved over the years through the Vini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions. As a dancer, she was initially drawn to the physical element of yoga, and through this began to discover its deeper ability to balance and heal. After yoga helped her through a particularly difficult period in her life she decided to train as a teacher, and qualified in 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa (Yoga Alliance, 200hr, E-RYT).
In 2012 she set up her own small studio in Freetown, Sierra Leone, running classes, 1-1s and retreats, and teaching at trainings and conferences. She further qualified in Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Yoga and Baby Massage, and Yoga for Children with special needs. In 2016, she graduated as a Yoga Therapist (Diploma, Yoga Campus, 350hr+) and is a registered Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council practitioner.
Tamsin’s passion for yoga lies in its ability to balance and integrate the body and mind, helping to ease tensions and build physical and emotional flexibility and strength. She is interested in how yoga can bring us into a deeper and healthier relationship with ourselves. Her teaching style is creative and nurturing, and explores how yoga can support us to witness mindfully where we are on each day, emotionally and physically, and how to work with that with patience, acceptance and kindness.
She is passionate about working with yoga in the field of mental health, addressing conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. In Sierra Leone she taught patients and staff at the country’s only psychiatric hospital, and community support groups for those mental health issues and their carers. During the Ebola outbreak, she worked for a mental health charity, and delivered self-care and relaxation sessions to government, NGO, and front-line ebola response workers, operating in very traumatic conditions. She co-wrote a self-care manual for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone.
She also worked as International Advisor and Trainer for Yoga Strength, a community-based yoga organisation which works with disadvantaged communities in Sierra Leone. Their out-reach work involved teaching classes for former child-soldiers, gang members, unemployed youth and slum-communities.
Tamsin’s background in contemporary dance and love of creative movement continues to inform her yoga practice. She particularly enjoys teaching and practicing Vinyasa Flow yoga, because of the sense of creativity and meditative movement that the practice fosters. She now lives and teaches in Devon, UK, and is loving exploring the joys of mum and baby yoga with her own little-one.