May is a Zen Yoga as well as meditation teacher, Vibroacoustic Massage with Tibetan Singing Bowl therapist, and Reiki Practitioner, with particular expertise in stress reduction and restorative rest. Some of her clients describe her as a 'Spiritual Trainer'. She tries to facilitate every session from the heart, inspired from her own ethos of gentleness, mindfulness, compassion and mystically spiritual Buddhist way of life.
Entering her 30s the stresses of unexpected life events and a busy Executive Assistant & Office Manager job in the city of London, as well as the discovery of having inherited Graves Hyperthyroidism disease, a bent nasal passage and chronic rhinitis caused by several allergies....life finally caught up with May. Forcing her to reflect on how she was living her life and address the imbalanced ratio of daily busyness to 15 minutes daily meditation on the train to work, coupled with a dance or yoga class weekly. Admitting that things needed to slow down for the sake of her health and turning her focus back into her trusted mindfulness training, she started exploring compassion, stress resilience, relaxation and a more naturally holistic lifestyle to restore balance to life.
It was because of meditation that she decided to start learning yoga with a Sivanada class at 25 years old to improve her posture, flexibility and breathing. May became a Vajrayana Buddhist through the teachings of Grandmaster Sheng-Yen Lu who has lineage from the four Tibetan Mahayana schools, Therevada, Zen as well as Taoism at the age of 16 years old, and has been practising mindfulness for more than 20 years.
In September 2014 May attended Zenways 200 hours Zen Yoga Teacher Training with Zen monk Daizan Roshi; which covered the foundations of teaching Hatha Yoga from a Buddhist philosophy, Yoga Nidra, Spontaneous Yoga, Ki or life force energy via meridians and Zazen meditation. As she took one day leave from the course to complete a half-marathon Shine charity walk, she later completed the rest of her teacher training with Charlotte Esme Turner (via Zenways). She became fully qualified on 30th July 2015 and registered for RYT200 with the international association Yoga Alliance.
May founded 'The Cat Pose' in December 2014, inspired whilst practising this simply effective posture to soothe tension, restore normality in the spine and rejuvenate energetically...as well as her great love for cats! Since teaching (early 2015) she has gathered experience in guiding students with Hyperthyroidism, back pain, anxiety, frozen shoulder, depression, chronic pain, M.E. and cancer recovery.
In March 2017 May also qualified as a Vibroacoustic Massage (Nada Yoga) with Tibetan Singing Bowl therapist, under Viktor Oguy's teaching from the Tibetan Tsering Ngodrub tradition and certified by the Vibroacoustic Therapy Association UK. A unique massage method involving contact of Tibetan Singing Bowl with the body to utilise vibrations that impacts the Limbic as well as Lympathic systems and creates deep relaxation.
Wanting to explore healing modalities further, May completed a Reiki Level One course and received attunement from Master Teacher Michal Kaufmann of Reiki-Meditation in August 2017. Then subsequently becoming a fully qualified Reiki Practitioner by completing Reiki Level Two in January 2018. Working with the transfer of universal energy through hands to activate healing has been a wonderful experience, and she has gain greater insight about the body and the chakras.
A Tarot/Oracle card reading modern day mystic, May keeps daily Buddhist Vajrayana practices, through initiation empowerments for chanting mantra and meditation from her Guru Grandmaster Lu. She feels an affinity to the compassionate Tibetan Buddhist Goddess Tara, who she considers her spiritual guardian. She helps support a Circle of Women interested in spirituality called Uncovering Divine Feminine on Facebook, occasionally writes a vintage Qipao blog called 'Walking in May', and cat-sit for others. May is also part of the Holistic Hub network, where she works privately with clients on one-to-one mobile sessions across London. She advocates breathing, openess in spirituality, compassion through gentleness and living a mindful life.
May's training in Yoga:
~ 200 Hours Zen Yoga Teacher Training by Zenways - RYT200 Yoga Alliance (July 2015)
CPD: Creativity, Sexuality and Cycles of our lives by Uma Dinsmore-tuli (September 2016)
CPD: Neurogenic Yoga by Ellie Godin (March 2017)
CPD: Yoga Nidra - Unlocking your full potential by Dr. Marc Halpern (March 2017)
CPD: Including Pregnant Women in General Yoga Classes by Laurel Hicks & Liat Philipson (April 2017)
CPD: Healthy teacher-student relationship by Darren Main (April 2017)
May's training in Reiki:
Reiki Level 1 by Master Teacher Michael Kaufmann (August 2017)
Reiki Level 2 by Master Teacher Michael Kaufmann (January 2018)
May's training in other Complementary Therapies:
Vibroacoustic Massage with Tibetan Singing Bowl by Vibroacoustic Therapy Association (March 2017)
AromaTouch Technique with essential oils by doTerra (June 2017)