"Toni was my lead teacher at yoga teacher training: she is an amazing teacher, compassionate and kind and her knowledge is incredible! Her teaching had a huge effect on my life "
- Silvia Laurenti, Physiotherapist
Hello, my name is Toni Roberts and this next few paragraphs is my chance to give you an idea of who I am, what motivates me to do what I do and offer what I can as a compassionate and sensitive human being in this world. This is my honest and heartfelt introduction.
I'm a mum to a beautiful, intelligent and thoughtful little girl. She is undeniably the apple of my eye and my ongoing inspiration and motivation. I take my role as a parent, role model and educator of a young person growing up in this crazy, beautiful and challenging world, seriously. I am in part responsible for helping to shape her mind and world view, and help support her in finding her own way to be a fully functioning, fully integrated, open minded, fearless woman within her local community and the world community as a whole.
I am a self-employed illustrator, web designer, yoga teacher & I have completed 4 years of training as an Integrative Counsellor.
I grew up in a rural town (was more of a village back then) in the heart of the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, UK. As a child I played outside a lot with friends, building tree camps and rope swings in the woods and forest that surrounded our housing estate. When not outside, I was always drawing and illustrating, this eventually turned into my full time career.
In 1995 I went to the University of Westminster in London to study a BA (hons) in Illustration in London, drawn to the bright lights and big city and the possibility of forging a truly creative career.
I am also a senior yoga teacher with 15+ years of teaching yoga to groups & individuals in a range of formats; yoga classes, workshops, CPD's, yoga teacher training, corporate yoga, yoga retreats and 1:1 private sessions and mentoring.
I have a passion for mental health focused work because I know that, not all suffering has visible scars or injury.
I have first-hand experience of PTSD and its best friends, depression and anxiety. As a result, I also have first-hand experience of how to manage the rough seas that these challenging mental states can bring.
As a naturally sensitive and empathic woman, I have struggled at times to find my sense of purpose; yoga, running, surfing, rock climbing, mindfulness and talking therapies have all helped to support me over the years. I have learned and I am still learning, how awareness, acceptance, gratitude, love and compassion can turn these fluctuating states of mind into my super-power.
"Love; Toni's teaching, her zest, endless knowledge, her guiding light for other teachers and students, she's a real and authentic being x"
- Faye Brunning, Yoga Teacher
It's not unusual to gravitate towards the helping professions when you yourself have experienced suffering and the relief from suffering. Suffering whether physical or mental is a rich and fertile ground for learning, deciphering and fostering new perspective, and new ways of being to feel fully functional, purposeful and live a life full of integrity and meaning.
As a professional illustrator and web designer I have an innate drive to be creative which naturally carries over into my work as a counsellor and yoga teacher. Creativity is in my blood and I will always endeavour to find new and creative ways to support my own and others wellbeing.