Uma met yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. She’s been practicing ever since, and teaching yoga since 1994. A yoga therapist with special expertise in yoga therapy for women’s health, Uma is a mother of three, and has written four books on yoga for women, including the massive Yoni Shakti now in its second printing.
Uma works internationally, sharing yoga retreats, trainings and empowerments that support the natural arising of prana shakti: the power of life. Since 2001 she has trained a total of over one thousand specialist teachers in Total Yoga Nidra, Women’s Yoga (womb yoga for all stages of women’s lives), and therapeutic yoga for pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery.
Uma’s diploma in Yoga Therapy is from the Yoga Biomedical Trust, and her initial yoga studies were with Iyengar and Satyananda yoga teachers. Her training in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy was with the late Mukunda Stiles, and her continuing inspiration is the ‘Feminine Unfolding’ asana practice shared by Angela Farmer.
In 2005, Uma created the annual Santosa Living Yoga and Bhakti Camp, which now has sister camps in Ireland and Cornwall. She is co-founder of the Yoga Nidra Network and has developed Total Yoga Nidra, Wild Nidra and Nidra Shakti: radical creative and intuitive approaches to sharing yoga nidra.
Uma’s passion as a writer and as a teacher is to transmit the clarity of awareness, creativity and profound vitality nourished by yoga tantra. Her practice and teaching respects the cyclical powers of the living earth, and honours human life cycles as spiritual initiations (including conscious menstruation, menopause, birth and postnatal recovery).
Uma’s yogini heroine is Lalleshwari, and she aspires to embody in her own practice and teachings Lalla’s combination of
‘… compassion, commonsense knowledge and resistance to authority’.