A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME...
"Her Flow Came From The Beat Of Her Heart"
My Health Empowerment Journey...
I never really know where to begin, so I start here...
When you first meet me, I hope my energy, positivity and supportive vibes connect us.
Looking at me, you would never know that I have a serious underlying heart condition.
In fact, my condition means that from a young age I have undergone multiple open heart surgeries. I was born with a rare form of congenital heart disease, specifically Pulmonary Atresia with VSD Closure and MAPCAS - also known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Which means that I had a combination of four structural abnormalities within my heart.
So I truly believe my heart spiritually found the prana 'life force energy' too keep me going for a reason. For me to help others like me and inspire others who may not understand what it's like to struggle with a health challenge...yet.
In my early teenage years, I was encouraged to try yoga as a coping mechanism with living with this life long condition. I was told by my cardiologist that I had to find a way to learn to breathe and support my heart. As I would find it difficult to walk up 4 flights of stairs for classes and I would struggle to slow my heart rate down, resulting in breathlessness and dizziness, especially after extensive exercise.
Over time day to day living became harder from relapses in my health due to stress I was putting myself under, as I was struggling with health anxiety deep down and insecurity, but then that's where yoga truly helped me heal everything.
Yoga was not only a rehabilitation tool for my heart, after a childhood of heart surgeries. I also discovered I had mild scoliosis (a curvature of the spine) when I was 19. The pain of sitting in lectures at University was undoubtedly tough. I leaned on Yoga which helped me deal with the pain and almost healed it.
Yoga and nutrition helped me rediscover my self worth and self love again and Ayurveda (sister science to yoga) became my way of life. This way of life made me rediscover the meaning of life again, from simply living in the present.
After secret battles of anxiety with my body confidence and heart scars "my zippers as I call them now" I now look at myself as a wellness warrior and a happiness viber :) with all the fizz to give to the world.
Even now I struggle to catch my breath and can experience extreme tiredness and chest pains if I'm pushed to my limits. But I've found my boundaries and limits and know its ok to PUT YOU FIRST, because you are important and your health is important.
"Having congenital heart disease doesn't mean you're less human or less able to succeed in life than anyone else! In fact I believe it pushes you to live for every moment. To take all the opportunities life throws at you and never let your condition stop you from being happy" 😊
What can you expect from Fizz's classes?
The foundation of my practice journeys through the beauty of the physical asana, whilst also cultivating the inner heart-opening and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness, I'm able to promote awareness of the interdependency of all these aspects in personal health and wellbeing.
My unique creative flow classes, are based on a fusion of moving for freedom and embodying the practice. With the beauty of yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, unique sequencing and elements of therapeutic yoga. Fizz's classes are a powerful combination that forms a deeper journey within and leaves you with a smile on your face.
I honestly believe I was born with a broken heart to help others feel 'fixed'. Sounds silly I know, but if you have been through something- its tough to not notice you're different and life can often be a struggle. I didn't find Yoga, Nutrition & Ayurveda, I truly believe these ancient sciences found me to help me on a journey of truthful living.
Yoga & Nutrition
2021: DHARMA QUIET PRACTICES TEACHER TRAINING (100 HRS)
Sunday School Yoga UK
An immersion into the quieter practices of teaching yoga, it includes philosophy, Sanskrit study, meditation, pranayama and restorative practices. This course is dedicated to the techniques that help express a deeper connection to a complete practice.
2021: TRANSFORMATION MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING (100 HRS)
Be Your Spirit UK
This unique and transformational online 100 hour Meditation Teacher Training Course ( MTTC) taught me to teach the widest variety and styles of meditation to teach the gift of meditation.
The biggest understating in knowing that we are not our thoughts or our mind.
The truest contentment and happiness in life comes from within.
2020: AYURVEDA FOR YOGA TEACHERS (20 HRS)
Rhythm of Simplicity, US
Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga meaning ' The Science of Life'.
This course offered me a deeper understanding of Ayurveda and how to Incorporate Ayurveda into not only my personal practice but support my students through the approach too.
Being able to recognise the doshas present in my students and tailoring a class according to the season, time of day, and other natural rhythms. As well as understanding the science of Ayurvedic food with the 6 tastes. I've been able to find balance within my own body and grateful to offer this to students also. Taught by Justine Miller.
2020: YOGA FOR CANCER TT (40 HRS)
This course gave me tools to create a safe and healing environment to teach yoga and relaxation to anyone diagnosed with cancer and anyone with long term health conditions. Trained by Vicky Fox.
Triyoga London, UK
2019: YOGA FOR SLEEP DISORDERS & INSOMNIA TT
Yoga Campus, UK
This course enabled me to learn the principles of Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery through a basis if the 5 Koshas and restorative yoga. Lisa Sanfilippo’s Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery was a unique synthesis of simple, essential yoga based knowledge, tools and resources to enable me skills to help people to sleep better, recover from insomnia and feel more alert.
2019: NUTRITION FOR CVD
British Nutrition Foundation
One day conference with leading professional. This day helped me develop an understanding on how nutrition plays a fundamental part in supporting those with cardiac conditions and CVD.
2019: ADVANCED ASSISTING & TOUCH METHODOLOGY TT
This course enabled me a deeper level understanding on the 'power of the touch in yoga' with competent and confident hands-on assisting techniques. Led by Michael James Wong.
Sunday School Yoga, UK
2018: TEACHER TRAINING ASSISTANT FOR 200HR TT
Frame London, UK
I was so pleased to be invited back to the Frame Academy TT, this time as an assistant teacher for the Fall 18 course. Within my role I helped run the teacher training and became a support system to all the teacher trainees, as well as the lead teachers. Helping the trainees find their way through their yoga teaching journey and be there in anyway I was needed to support. It was also a wonderful insight to dive back in the basics after a year of being a full time yoga teacher myself.
2018: YOGA FOR CARDIAC CONDITIONS & REHABILITATION TT (30 HRS)
Yoga Campus, UK
Teaching those with cardiac conditions has always been a passion of mine, especially as I began my yoga practice through cardiac rehabilitation myself. This training provided me with an understanding of how yoga impacts the entire cardiovascular system -especially the heart- from a physiological, emotional, and spiritual approach. Trained by Sherezade Ruano (Founder of www.rhythmiabreath.com)
2017: FOUNDATION YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (200HRS)
Frame London, UK
The Frame Academy ( Yoga Alliance Accredited) course prepared me to teach in the real world with a strong programme in teaching techniques, postural alignment, yogic history, philosophy and anatomy & physiology. Led by senior yoga teachers Michael James Wong and Emily-Clare Hill, (UK & US Yoga Alliance).
2015: BSC NUTRITION (HONS)
St Marys University, London
With a strong focus on the fundamentals of nutrition within a public health, clinical or sports setting. This degree programme provided me a sound review of the scientific evidence based nutriton for the links between dietary factors, health and disease.
This nutrition degree enabled me all the tools to successfully be accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AFN) as a Registered Associate Nutritionist, to support clients with nutritional needs, by providing evidence based nutrition.
FIZZ IN THE NEWS
Not just a Yoga Teacher and Nutritionist. Fizz is also a UK National Media Health Advocate, as well as a British Heart Foundation Heart Leader and Ambassador, the Deputy Lead Governor Patient Representative for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Former Chair of The Young Peoples Forum, GOSH Charity and Hospital Ambassador and also a leading volunteer at Over The Wall Children's Chairty.
POLLUTION IS PERSONAL: FAIZA’S BATTLE TO CLEAR THE AIR
British Heart Foundation, June 2018
Nicknamed the 'heart breather' of the BHF. Fizz is an active young adult, with a passion to advocate for better heart health for all, especially clean air in the UK. Having being born with a long term cardiac condition, she suffers from the poor pollution in the city.
Fizz spoke Live on BBC on The Victoria Derbyshire Show, Sky News and BBC News on this topic and her heart journey.