Applications for the 2022 intake will open in October 2021.

Yoga Alchemy is a 7-month transformational coaching program that runs once a year from February – September.

Join our email list to be the first to hear when Yoga Alchemy opens for 2022 and receive a $400 discount.

Nobody ever talks about the part where we are no longer a caterpillar and not yet a butterfly — that stage where it’s too painful to stay the same but terrifying to change.

Yoga used to feel good. Now it brings up all our emotions. We have a perception that the journey of yoga is love, light and bliss, but the truth is often different. There is darkness in our yoga journey, and at times it can feel painful. We’ve awoken something uncomfortable, and we lack the tools to navigate the discomfort. We ignore and suppress those feelings, but they won’t go away.

For the caterpillar to transform into the butterfly, it must go into the darkness of the cocoon. There’s no going back, and the way forward is uncertain.

Yoga Alchemy will guide you through the unknown emotional terrain. Discover the tools to do the deep internal work to create the inner transformation. In the darkness of your cocoon, you will alchemise your emotions and relationship to yourself. You will emerge from the cocoon with wisdom and grace and a different relationship to yourself.

The old ways no longer work, you hear the call, you feel the restlessness in your soul, but you can’t see the path ahead clearly.

Transformation is a process to transmute our shadow and darkness into light.

Transformation isn’t adding something new to our spiritual repertoire. Nor is it removing the old. Transformation occurs when our understanding of our self and our reality changes.

Are you ready to grow your wings and connect with something more?

It all starts here.

MODULE 1 – AWAKEN

  • understand how the mind works
  • discover the causes of suffering and our personal triggers
  • learn how to regulate our nervous system and establish a foundation of safety
  • learn how to meditate
  • develop self-awareness to improve how we relate to ourselves and others.

This module lays the foundational philosophy and practices for the inner journey ahead. It will awaken the light of awareness within.

MODULE 2 – HEAL

  • thaw emotional numbness and learn how to feel again
  • tend to our emotional wounds and pain body
  • express and release stagnant emotions
  • reclaim the disowned parts of the self.

This module is where we go deep into our emotional body and give ourselves permission to feel the emotions we’ve been suppressing.

Heal locates the inherent wisdom that’s buried in our subconscious and seeks to bring it to the light for healing.

MODULE 3 – TRANSFORM

The emotions and desires that we suppress will continue to be presented to us as lessons and challenges. These struggles illuminate what we have hidden, the unwanted aspects of our selves.

Transform is where we integrate these splintered aspects of ourselves to become whole. When our conscious mind and subconscious minds are congruent, we’re free to pursue our own fate.

  • align the conscious and subconscious minds
  • illuminate the shadow
  • transform wounds into wisdom and grace

No one ever warns you about the emotional stuff in yoga. And when the emotions begin to rise to the surface, it can hit hard and out of the blue.

It did for me anyway.

My body loved yoga. My mind enjoyed meditation, but I lacked the tools to navigate my emotions.

Yoga teachers would tell me to keep practising as if pigeon pose would resolve my emotional issues.

Meditation teachers would tell me to watch and observe my emotions with detachment. I did that for years, and nothing changed.

New age teachers would talk about good vibes only, positive thinking and affirmations, but that just felt like avoidance to me.

Too many ‘spiritual practices’ treat feelings and emotions as problems to be overcome or transcended. They bypass feelings, leaving them unresolved, and for me, these approaches created a deeper rift between my mind and my emotions.

I found a better way when I started practising feminine spirituality. Rather than ignoring, suppressing and bypassing, I found healing through feeling, acknowledging and listening to my emotions.

It wasn’t until I went deep into my subconscious mind and explored my emotional layers with curiosity and acceptance did things change for me. When I finally faced all the emotions that I had suppressed and made friends with the parts of myself I had disowned, I was able to heal and transform.

My intention for Yoga Alchemy is to guide other seekers on this inner journey. Everything I teach I have applied to myself.

Monica xx

What previous Alchemy students say about working with Monica

“Monica’s personalised approach, offering support and reinforcement enhances the learning. She will call you on stuff if she thinks there is avoidance or denial, but this is done with empathy and compassion.  It isn’t an easy road to turn within and see what looks back at you. Monica has been down this road and gets it, she gets you.” Ruth, Business Manager

“The primary element I look for in a yoga/meditation teacher is, “do they practice what they preach?” I have found that Monica certainly has this rare quality, this enables her to teach not only from a depth of real wisdom but also from the real-life day to day challenges that we all face and with a very relaxed common sense approach.

I have attended many yoga courses, classes and workshops over the years and I would have to say that being a participant in one of Monica’s programs I have witnessed her generosity, calm teaching methodology and most of all her openness. It is refreshing, inviting and a lot of fun.” Richard, retired Public Service Executive

“I have been on a number of meditation retreats and mindfulness training courses. I can absolutely say that learning with Monica is the best experience I have had – I am a lot more confident and content with my practice and skills now.” Steph, Social Worker

“Monica was the very best guide for this journey that I could have hoped for. Wise, generous, firm, supportive, playful and utterly engaged.” Ruth, Scientist.

Cultivating a meditation practice

Healing anxiety from the root

Building emotional awareness, sensitivity and acceptance

Healing the emotional trauma that’s been holding you back

Congruency between your conscious and subconscious mind

Ending the war with yourself

Finding the courage and freedom to live your life on purpose

Transforming your wounds into wisdom and grace.

Yoga Alchemy is a seven month transformational coaching program.

A unique program for spiritual and personal development.

It’s not a yoga teacher training; there’s no certificate to be gained. Yoga Alchemy will bring more depth, authenticity and confidence to your teaching.

This isn’t about the physical yoga poses, so there’s no expectation that you will have an advanced yoga practice. The only pre-requisite is that you have been practising yoga regularly for at least six months.

Yoga Alchemy is the inner journey to answer the call of your soul.

Yoga Alchemy is healing from the inside where we get to the root cause of anxiety, unease and inner turmoil rather than managing or masking the symptoms. When we get to the bottom of what’s holding us back, genuine healing is possible.

It is deep inner work and is not for the dabblers or feint-hearted.

Expect your life and your relationship with yourself to seriously change. The result will be nothing short of a miracle.

When we address our underlying emotions, our head and heart align. When we’re aligned, lasting change and transformation are possible. You will get the tools, coaching and support to do the deep internal work to align your heart, mind and soul.
Yoga Alchemy transforms our wounds into wisdom and grace.

This Program is for you if:

  • you want to learn yoga beyond the poses
  • you are seeking healing and personal growth
  • you are a yoga teacher seeking more depth
  • you are willing to do the deep inner work
  • you are willing to take radical personal responsibility for your life

This Program is not for you if:

  • you’re looking for a quick fix
  • you’re not interested in the emotional and mental realms of yoga
  • you’re seeking ‘good vibes only’ and not willing to look at your shadow
  • you want to know the theory but don’t want to do the work of practising and integrating the theory
  • you’re not willing to commit to your own healing and doing the deep inner work.

What you get

  • 7 month cocoon to guide you through the transformation process with consistent support and coaching from me

  • 3 live workshops at the studio

  • 13 group coaching calls (online)

  • 13 detailed workbooks to apply the lessons and practices

  • 26 weekly Alchemy Lab practice sessions at the studio

  • Access to private Facebook group for extra support

The Workshops

The 2021 weekend events held at Cultivate Calm Yoga Studio in East Brisbane.

Friday 12 February – Opening Circle

Saturday & Sunday 13-14 February – Module 1

Saturday & Sunday 17-18 April – Module 2

Saturday & Sunday 17-18 July – Module 3

Friday 24 September – Closing Circle

Approximate times are Friday nights 6-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm.

The Group Coaching Calls

Fortnightly group coaching calls Tuesday nights 6.30pm-8.30pm. These will be online using Zoom (an online meeting tool).
Calls will be recorded if you’re unavailable.

These group calls will go deep into the theory and philosophy lessons. You will have practical exercises to apply these lessons to your life.

Alchemy Lab

In addition to the workshops and online coaching, there will be weekly group practice sessions. These are optional and it is recommended to attend at least once per week.

Thursdays 7-8pm (Zoom)

Saturdays 12-1pm (Studio)

Sundays 12-1pm (Studio)

Alchemy Labs are where we ‘experiment’ with the tools and techniques. Alchemy Labs are movement and meditation-based physical practices.

I’m confident that Yoga Alchemy will help you to heal your past, stop sabotaging yourself and start living your best life.

This is what you can expect from our 7 month journey together:

  • Develop a regular meditation habit and feel more at ease with your mind

  • Step out the victim or martyr mentality and into your power

  • Understand and overcome your mental and emotional triggers

  • Release mental and emotional tension to feel more ease in your body

  • Heal your emotional wounds and finally release yourself from your painful past

  • Meet your shadow self and integrate the parts of yourself you’ve kept hidden

  • Align your head and heart by becoming congruent with your conscious and subconscious minds.

  • Manifest your desires by programming your subconscious mind

  • Overcome the inner critic and find the inner confidence to live your best life on your terms

  • Establish and nurture a spiritual support team

“Alchemy has provided me with the knowledge and tools to now understand why I struggled with anxiety/depression for many years. With understanding, I now can tolerate a broader range of emotions and be ok with all of them – good and bad, but mostly find I’m not dwelling so much on the bad or negative emotions. I can move on from them much more quickly.”

“Alchemy has transformed my life. After a life of suffering in silence from trauma, I’m now living a life free from pain, suffering, shame, guilt, lies and embarrassment. Healing does bring FREEDOM. I’m happy and excited about what my future life shall bring. I’m still dealing daily with challenges, but I now have strategies and a support team to cope and deal with what life throws at me.”

“I had visited and spent many hours talking with counsellors, therapists, and health professionals trying to treat my anxiety/depression from the usual ‘top-down’ approach. No-one provided me with any answers – in fact very few, if any, ever discussed or were interested in ‘why’ I was anxious or depressed. This was the question which I always asked myself. Why am I depressed? Why do I feel anxious all the time? I felt powerless. No one provided me with an answer.

Yoga Alchemy provides a ‘bottom-up’ approach through gentle and supportive guidance – each participant on their own journey – empowering them to work out the ‘why’ for themselves. Once the ‘why’ is answered – life transforms. The relief is immense. And everything changes for the better – mental health, relationships – not just with others, but with yourself as well. Everything!”

“For the first time in my life, I feel like calm and strength are actually parts of me. I feel them as I move through my day, not characteristics to strive towards, but as much a part of me as my eyes or ears. I have been able to be so much more present for my friends and loved ones – understanding my own inner workings makes it so much easier to offer true support to others.

For too long, I wasn’t really very engaged with my life, just going through the motions and spending a lot of time pretending I felt fine. The difference post-Alchemy is shocking: my level of awareness of my inner world has made every day so much richer. I’m gone from surviving to actually thriving.

“I couldn’t ask for a better guide or mentor through some tough times I’ve experienced. Not only is Monica knowledgeable, she imparts wisdom in a relatable way and her own experiences have made her extremely understanding, compassionate and empathetic. She’s only ever a moment away and I really appreciated having her steadfast support when I struggled.”

“Monica has a unique ability to allow you to delve deep in a safe space. She provides guidance and support in a non-judgemental and unobtrusive way. She also is a fantastic facilitator for group work.”

“Honestly, what I have gained is priceless. Practically speaking though: the course is well-priced for anyone really serious about doing hard inner work to open up their lives.”

My approach to Healing Anxiety

and why it’s important to feel our feelings.

Feeling our feelings and becoming emotionally intelligent is the missing piece of the healing puzzle.

If you wonder why you feel anxious,

If you wonder why you can’t sleep,

If you wonder why you have no energy,

If you wonder why your inner critic is so mean,

If you wonder why you sabotage yourself,

It’s because we’ve been avoiding and suppressing our feelings.

If you want to become unstuck and free yourself from the uneasiness and restlessness in your soul, learning to face and feel our feelings is key.

This is the deep inner work we do in Yoga Alchemy.

Join our email list to be the first to hear when Yoga Alchemy opens for 2022 and receive a $400 discount.