Sumiya has been practising various forms of yoga for many years.
She is a fully qualified and certified Yoga teacher and completed her teacher training with Paul Dallaghan at the Centrered Yoga Institute in Koh Samui, Thailand in 2010. Sumiya was teaching yoga in Sydney until her return to the UK in March 2012.
Sumiya's training is in ashtanga vinyasa yoga, a dynamic form of yoga that moves through a series of postures in a meditative way. She continues to practice and explore this form of yoga with leading ashtanga teachers from around the world.
Sumiya's teaching is based on the ashtanga method but often adopts a gentler approach as required. She also has a keen interest in the philosophy of yoga and enjoys chanting and meditation.
Before training to teach yoga, Sumiya was a lawyer in London and Sydney. Through this she brings a genuine understanding of the pressures of a corporate environment and the importance of time out.
Love & Lentils started as Sumiya's travel blog in 2010. The idea was that if love and lentils could be found in each place she visited, there would be enough to survive and to thrive. She did both and had a wonderful journey of exploration through Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.