This is how I got here and Why I love what I do....
"If you can breathe you can do yoga" - Krishnamacharya
From the outside yoga can look very intimidating, especially the poses that are commonly used to promote yoga. They usually consist of one of the following attributes;
Very flexible - someone turning themselves inside out like a pretzel
Very strong - a person doing a handstand with legs in all different directions
Very spiritual - someone perched on a mountain top, deep in meditation.
Although you may think “Wow! That would be amazing to do!” Most people put the dream in the same drawer where competing at the Olympics is stored. However, yoga isn't always like that. As a practice, yoga has the capability to suit every single person, no matter what they’re wishing to achieve.
My students are quite often astonished at what the reality of a yoga experience looks like.
The basics of yoga for a beginner are actually quite simple; we bring the awareness to breath and match it to your movement through the poses. The poses in turn do all those wonderful, lush things for your body: relaxing, strengthening, stretching and quietening down the mind to give clarity. Before you know it you are starting to take that dream out of the drawer where the competing at the Olympics dream is stored and you are refiling it in the drawer where the buying a house or going overseas dreams are stored. Anything is achievable.
My job as your teacher is to meet you where you are on any given day. I work within the framework of your goals and provide you with a meaningful practice that empowers you to achieve them.
Let’s go back to where it started for me and why I am so passionate about sharing this practice with you. I was studying Nutrition and Exercise Science and had a real interest in health coaching, nutrition and exercise. I knew I loved teaching and empowering people and I wanted to help people to make meaningful changes to their lives that would improve their overall health and well-being. For over 10 years I have been teaching people horse riding, specialising in building confidence and also on rider alignment. This has given me the opportunity to work with many different people with varying levels of experience, all with their individual goals they were working towards.
One year, coming up to stressful exam period, I wanted to find a way of relaxing and calming my busy mind so thought I would give yoga a try.
It was not what I was expecting. – Yes, I was one of those people too!
However, I loved it! I felt so refreshed and strong after every practice, I could see all the wonderful things that yoga had done for me. I was able to manage my stress, starting to get defined triceps and lose excess weight. More than that, I was enjoying exercise, I was building my confidence and calming my inner voices, becoming more accepting and capable of meeting the challenges that confronted me day to day. In just a few short months, my terrible posture was correcting itself and the frequent headaches and migraines I experienced for years were a distant memory.
By chance the opportunity to do my teacher training came up and I took it. After finishing I started teaching and it didn't take long before I realised how much I loved sharing the experience of yoga with my students. I really believe that having the ability to get to know my students one on one and in small groups allows me to personalise the practice for them, so they can get the results they are searching for and more.