My name is Kamla. In Punjabi, the spelling of my name has no vowels until the end: "kmla". So it's pronounced "come" - la, which means "Water Lotus". This flower grows up and out of the muddiest waters to bloom only in full sunlight.

My mum did well naming me because the water lotus is the international symbol for yoga. Yoga is a true passion of mine since I was very young, not just the physical practice but exploring and supporting the best connection between the mind, soul and body. This has been my life's work personally and professionally.

My letter to you below is about my life's journey. As your life coach and teacher, I'd love for you to know where I've come from, what has shaped me and how I've kept my heart open. My journey parallels everyone's personal unfolding from the dark periods of our lives to the sunnier ones ... just like the lotus flower blooming from out of the mud and into the sun: