Sukhasana (easy pose) for meditation 🙂
Why did you start doing yoga?
My mother began her yoga journey when she was pregnant with me in the 1980s (we often chat about who wanted to be a yogi, myself, my mother, or both of us!). In my twenties, I felt guided to invest more of myself into my yoga practice as the benefits physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually were unlike anything I had felt before (having been in the health industry for over 10 years, the benefits of yoga were profound for me).
My parents are both yoga teachers, my mother is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and my father is a Vedic Astrologer (both are sister sciences of Yoga) – so in a way, yoga was part of my path from the beginning. I am also so grateful to my Guru Paramahansa Yogananda for giving me the strength and love to support me through my yoga teacher training, and who continues to guide and support me in my daily Sadhana (spiritual practice).
Why did you become a teacher?
With an interest in helping others and a strong yearning for finding the reasons behind the amazing workings of the human body, upon leaving school I studied Chiropractic, Musculoskeletal Therapy and Kinesiology. In an effort to find a way of allowing clients to have long-lasting peace and happiness within their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies, I am so grateful to have found yoga and had the opportunity to study to be a teacher and offer classes.
How do you describe your teaching style?
With a strong emphasis on structure, physiology and energy medicine, my classes offer a firm foundation in the breath, intention setting, safe structural alignment, finding the edge between strength and flexibility, inner listening, living in the present smooth transitions, moving into stillness and self-love. Concluding the class with meditation, myself and the yogi students are often found chanting the ancient chants of yogic scripture. As a holistic therapist, seeing no part of the being separate from another, more energetic insights may be shared depending on what is organically presented in the group of yogis on the day, to leave you feeling uplifted, radiant and at peace.
What has yoga taught you?
It is an honour to take part in and share the ancient teachings of this sacred science of yoga. Yoga has taught me how to release tension and restlessness in the body so it can remain in complete stillness in meditation, allowing us to connect to our essential nature.
I have found that each yoga pose is an opportunity to experience self-acceptance of this present moment, now, allowing for peace in the body and mind through the vehicle of the breath. But perhaps the most beloved and treasured gift yoga has given me, is devotion, the ability to feel this and to be so tangibly connected to myself, others, the Earth and spirit.
What do you want students to know?
Through living the yogic lifestyle I endeavour to bring my love and joy of yoga through my teaching. I am a devoted yogi, meditator, health advocate, student, lecturer, musculoskeletal therapist, kinesiologist, musician, daughter, sister and friend. I also have 2 beloved miniature Dachsunds who are so dear and precious to me 🙂