With a background in nursing in a wide variety of settings including working in a maximum security prison in Glasgow and 2 years living in India, Lorraine has developed a strong awareness of the connection between emotional and physical health.
In 2006 while travelling in South Asia Lorraine began practising yoga and meditation regularly. Since moving to Edinburgh in early 2012 Lorraine has developed a committed Ashtanga practice with consistent teachers. Lorraine has never forgotten that going to a yoga class can be an intimidating experience. With this in mind she takes a friendly approach to teaching, encouraging students to allow yoga to fit their bodies rather than make their bodies fit yoga postures. Her main focus is to give students the opportunity to experience the positive effects of connecting the mind and body through the practice of yoga.
Lorraine believes that the opportunity to try yoga should be accessible to everyone; this belief has fueled her interest in yoga outreach; particularly in working with adults affected by stress and anxiety, addiction and complex PTSD. She holds a 200 hr Teacher Training certificate from CYS Scotland. She has completed training with the Minded Institute in Yoga and Mindfulness for Addictions and a 40 hour CPD workshop on Trauma Informed Yoga practices with David Emerson from the Boston Trauma Centre.
Lorraine currently teaches medical students clinical skills and resuscitation at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and teaches a variety of yoga classes and stress workshops for NHS staff, the recovery community and other mental health settings.