I came to the UK sixteen years ago because my husband, who is Peruvian, was offered work as part of Tony Blair’s team on climate change. I studied my master’s degree at the London School of Economics, so I already knew London well. We thought that it would be a fantastic opportunity for our children to experience British culture and learn the language perfectly.
My integration in the UK was relatively easy because I was returning to a city that I already knew. Of course, the adaptation process is different with children and family. But we quickly hit it off and immersed ourselves in British culture completely by choosing to live in Wimbledon. Before long, we realized that my husband’s contract was to be extended, so that’s when I decided to look for employment options teaching yoga classes in the Iyengar tradition. I have been a teacher in various yoga schools in London and I have a home studio where I give workshops. In addition, I have accompanied women in labor as a doula for the last fifteen years. I also work as a consultant for the NHS at a lactation clinic. I developed a lactation course for health professionals and have been teaching it for a decade. I have recently been involved in research, and I am the author of several articles on breastfeeding in international peer-reviewed journals.
I am very proud to be Mexican! We speak only Spanish at home and we try to include national holidays in our lives. For example, we celebrate the Day of the Dead and make an altar every year. We also cook Mexican recipes frequently and there are always corn tortillas in the refrigerator that we get from a local vendor. The decoration of our house in Mexican-Peruvian. I love typical Mexican clothing and I wear traditional “huipiles” with great pride to feel closer to Mexico. During the pandemic, I managed to locate one of the best traditional dance teachers in Mexico and, thanks to the new technology, I have been taking weekly Son Jarocho classes for nine months with live jarana!