May became a practising Vajrayana Buddhist through the teachings of Grandmaster Sheng-Yen Lu as a 16 year old, and picked up yoga with a Sivanada class at 25 to supplement meditation. Venturing into her 30s she was diagnosed with Graves Hyperthyroidism, bent nasal passage and chronic rhinitis caused by many allergies, leading her to explore stress resilience, relaxation and a more naturally holistic lifestyle. Having been a law graduate, school teacher, human rights master graduate, charity intern and personal assistant to busy directors in the city...she understands the modern stresses of a fast paced life as well as the importance of applying more mindfulness into living life. May tries to facilitate every session of Zen Yoga, meditation, Tibetan singing bowl massage and Aromatouch from the heart, inspired from her own practice of gentleness, mindfulness, compassion and mystically spiritual Buddhist way of life.
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 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 is 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, 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. Unique massage method involving contact of Tibetan Singing Bowl with the body to utilise vibrations that impacts body systems and creates deep relaxation.
In June 2017 May became certified in the AromaTouch Technique that uses doTerra essential oils with simple and gentle movements of touch over meridian points across the back, feet and hands to promote relaxation and health improvements.
In addition, she occasionally writes a vintage Qipao blog called 'Walking in May', cat-sit for others, helps out at a vintage market stall and is a distributor for an ethical vegan non-animal testing skincare range called Arbonne. May is also part of the Holistic Hub network, where she works privately with clients on one-to-one sessions across London. She advocates breathing, openess in spirituality, compassion through gentleness and living a mindful life.
*200 Hours Zen Yoga Teacher Training (Zenways)
*Vibroacoustic Massage with Tibetan Singing Bowl (Vibroacoustic Therapy Association)
*AromaTouch Technique with essential oils (doTerra)