My classes are accessible and calm, with a focus on practicing yoga as a tool for empowerment, to revitalise and balance the body-mind. My students are guided to listen to their own body’s innate wisdom so they can learn to connect, trust and move from centre.
I draw from a background studying and working in the arts and community engagement, with over 10 years experience in social work and youth advocacy. I infuse this knowledge into my teaching for State of Being, a Melbourne based non-for-profit organisation dedicated to innovating mindfulness-based yoga programs with a community-centered approach.
I bring a curiosity and an open heart to my exploration of yoga, combining asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, mantra and chanting. Having an optimistic nature and devotion to life long learning means I am constantly exploring and engaging with yoga in daily life.
Adjustments/Assists: Yes, I always check in with students at the start of class, offering a choice as to whether students feel like being adjusted on that particular day or not. I believe that verbal adjustments are a great teaching tool. In trauma-sensitive yoga there is no hands on adjusting, it's all verbal and we use quite invitational language. In general classes I offer hands on adjustments as a way of guiding students into a safer, sometimes deeper expression of the asana. I find adjustments can be a great learning tool when done with sensitivity to students needs.
Theming: I love weaving themes into classes, often it's a combination of philosophy/poetry, with some anatomy theory/physiology and breath/body focused awareness. I'm a total yoga geek, always reading, listening and studying different aspects of yoga and bringing whats inspiring me to class to share with students. I like to offer a communal intention for practice at the start of class and weave this throughout, providing an anchor for awareness.
Sequencing: I think intelligent sequencing is important in yoga classes, it feels good in the body and allows for the gentle opening/prep work before building to stronger, deeper asanas. My sequences work to move the whole body with a focus on specific target areas. I like to start with mindful, breathing and meditation practices before moving into slow controlled movement to warm up and prepare the body for deeper shapes, dynamic movement and flow. There's always a gradual runway to shavasana, easing students into stillness.
I get most inspired by people and learn so much from students experiences and reflections on yoga. Water - I've always been a water baby and know the ocean fully recharges me and lights me up. Anything nature based gets me inspired to bring sensory awareness into the yoga class - cultivating awareness of the textures, sounds, light and colours of the natural environment. Sound is a big part of my practice, singing, chanting, breathwork, lately I have been exploring combining more sound and movement.
I like to practice with a variety of teachers, this keeps me motivated and learning from different styles and traditions of yoga. This variety also keeps my home practice inspired as each teacher I learn from brings their own unique nuances and gifts to the way they share yoga.
I began with yin, and was interested in the more introspective elements of yoga. This moved naturally into pranayama and meditation. I practiced a combination of Yin and Kundalini Yoga for the first year. I love the slowness, wisdom and depth of yin and find the Kundalini Kriyas and breathwork to be powerful tools for creating space and clearing the body/mind.
My practice has slowly grown to involve more yang/dynamic asana. I love practicing different modalities of asana now, with some Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and of course my first love of Yin remains a constant. The Hatha practice feels like home as my teacher training was grounded in Hatha yoga with a focus on Patanjalis Sutras and the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga yoga . I feel my practice will continue to evolve over my lifetime to support where I'm at.
I have been blessed with some amazing teachers and mentors here in Melbourne, Dominique Salerno, of Australian Yoga Academy and Jo Buick of State of Being and Johannes Moyachedi of Dance of Life Yoga.
I love Donna Farhi's work and writing on yoga, she brings a depth of understanding to the practice that has been cultivated over a lifetime of teaching. Bernie Clark is another amazing practitioner writing great books on making yoga accessible for every unique body. Leslie Kaminoff's funtional approach to yoga anatomy is wonderful and easy to digest. Paul Grilley on Yin Yoga...I could go on, I'm a self-admitting yoga geek, always reading, listening, learning.
Sound is a big part of my practice, singing, chanting, breathwork, lately I have been exploring combining more sound and movement.
Coming to my classes you can expect a calm, consistent, balanced flow or restorative practice. Incorporating elements of pranayama, meditation, intention and philosophy. I often share aspects of theory in class that have been inspiring me each week, this could be yogic philosophy, Ayurveda, the science behind yoga, physiology, TCM, poetry, sound, all the inspirations.
I could happily teach slow flow, yin, pranayama and meditation all day everyday. These are the practices that resonate with me the most and it feels natural to teach what I love.
Yes, I love swimming, ideally in the ocean. I ride my bike and walk in nature often. I also love practicing QiGong - movement meditation.
The river, I am lucky to live in a place that is a short walk to the river, with natural bushlands around. The river is my go to place for walking, laying on the land and grounding. Being around water always gets me inspired.
Mooji, so we can laugh together, Amma for the hugs, Hazarat Inayat Khan for the sound and poetry.
I am exploring nature.
The snow leopard.