Blair Phillips

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I first explored yoga when living and studying in Melbourne and while it wasn't exactly love at first Downward Dog, I was definitely intrigued. It wasn't until I was travelling overseas and living in London that I really fell in love with the practice. By the time I was back on home soil I was well and truly hooked and thirsty to try as many different styles and teachers as I could.

I love to teach a nurturing and grounding practice where people have permission to explore the movements intuitively in their own body to find what best serves them.

Teaching & Certification

  • I completed my initial training with the lovely Kehry Frank at Vitality Yoga in Bendigo. It was a beautifully traditional course grounded in philosophy with most of our training conducted on a gorgeous property in the bush in mud brick buildings.
  • Since then, I've completed extra training in Vinyasa Flow through Australian Yoga Academy, Yin with the lovely Hugh Lee (who continues to be a support), as well as Kids and Teens Yoga and Yoga Therapy.

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: When necessary and usually with just a gentle touch to guide.

  • Theming: I love to theme my classes with yoga philosophy and i'm guided by whatever inspiration comes my way. That said gratitude and heart opening is a feature in almost all of my classes.

  • Sequencing: In Flow classes, I like to open the body slowly and gently, then build some heat before grounding down towards the end of class.

  • Music: My music matches the feel of the class and the sequencing. For Yin, I use ambient music without lyrics but for Flow classes, I tend to mix it up a little more.

On & Off the Mat With: Blair Phillips

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

I feel as though sharing yoga is a gift, seeing people leave class more grounded, calm and in touch with themselves than when they came in is an absolute blessing.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

My practice evolves and changes with the stages in my life. Lately I've been practicing more yin, slow flow and meditation as it seems to balance the pace of life with my little one.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

I've had many inspiring teachers, but lately a lot of my inspiration is coming from reading Donna Farhi's book Bringing Yoga to Life and using the inspiration in its pages to guide my practice.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

A nurturing and grounding practice designed to help you move intuitively and open the body gently and kindly.

Seeing people leave class more grounded, calm and in touch with themselves than when they came in is an absolute blessing.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

At the moment Mellow Slow Flow feels especially lovely to teach, it's earthy, deep and fluid. I can't get enough!

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Mainly yoga, although I'm often seen walking the streets of Ocean Grove with my daughter and our pup Rumble.

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

Always by the ocean, I'm never far from it!

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm on my mat.

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

Ha...maybe a giraffe, I am 6 foot tall!

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