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How and when did you discover yoga?
I discovered yoga when working in a gym 20+ years ago. I had always loved movement and exercise to make myself feel physically strong and so I became an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. After years in the fitness industry, it became evident that there was more to being “fit” than just the physical. What I really craved was a way to develop my mental and emotional strength and that’s when I discovered yoga.
Looking back at my youth, without any formal instruction or knowledge of the practices, just a deep intuition, I used breathing, visualisation and meditation to cope with childhood migraines and depression. This trust led me to develop my yoga practice as an adult and then go on to share what I am so passionate about as a teacher.
How long have you been a yoga teacher?
I did my first yoga teacher training in 2011 in the magical Baja Peninsula, Mexico.
What made you want to become a yoga teacher?
Initially, like many teachers, I did my training more as therapy and to learn tools to become more comfortable being me. I entered my training for me, but on completion there was no way I could not share these great learnings. So I jumped right in with both feet and a big open heart.
What’s your favourite yoga pose?
Such a big question!!!! If I had answered that question years ago I would have said something physical like bakasana (crow pose). These days it is most definitely savasana (corpse pose). The irony is, the first yoga class I went to I actually got kicked out of for giggling in savasana! I felt so nervous and awkward trying to lay still and be quiet, it just wasn’t my nature. Can you believe it, that I often left class early so I didn’t have to “be” with my thoughts and emotions, thinking I didn’t have time to just lay down haha.
Anyway, I have matured so much along the way and I realise now the things that make us uncomfortable are often our biggest opportunity to learn and grow. Now my whole practice is designed to maximise my savasana experience! Can’t wait to see what my future favourite pose is as I continue on the ever evolving ride of yoga.
What else are you into besides yoga?
Anything that brings me into the moment, waking my senses and sparking joy. I love a nature hit, bushwalking, strolling by the river or beach time. I’m a food, coffee and wine tragic, enjoy a good laugh with my family and friends and travelling the world when safe to do so.
What part does music play in your yoga classes, as well as your personal practice?
Music has the power to instantly drop me into the moment, whether that is when I am cooking, cleaning, walking or doing yoga. It takes an activity and turns it into an experience. It makes my senses come alive, directing me out of my head and the constant commentary there and into the rhythm and melody of my heart and soul. For me, music is an energetic expression which guides and connects to the energy within each of us and I am always amazed how the same movements can feel so different based on the music you are listening to.
Top 5 yoga tunes:
- Snatum Kaur – Long Time Sun
- Anything by Ludovico Einaudi
- Max Richter – Sleep Remixes
- Emma Louise – Underflow
- Lapsley – Painter (Valentine)
Links to other classes you teach:
At Amber Tree Yoga in Graceville or live streamed
Tue 9.30am Yoga
Thur 9.30am Yoga
Sat 8am Yoga