Caitlyn Taylor

Student level

Since I was a teenager I've been driven by the big existential questions: Who am I? What is self? What is this consciousness thing we're all experiencing? I first explored meditation as well as both eastern and western philosophy. A few years later, a friend took me to my first yoga class. Yoga became the way I could bring the intellectual home to rest in the tangible.

Teaching & Certification

  • Power Living 200hrs
  • Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training with Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia
  • Yoga for Seniors with Australian College of Classical Yoga

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: I don't assist often due to the diverse and changing nature of people's comfortability with touch.

  • Theming: I love to draw on my own philosophical insights from the week to bring attention to both the contemporary struggles of our shared experience and the beauty of the yoga tradition to provide comfort.

  • Sequencing: I like to mix it up, sometimes we will work towards a key pose using carefully constructed anatomically intelligent sequences to get there, at other times just a steady and focused all arounder!

  • Music: Ambient electronic that matches the energy of the class as it shifts and grows. Maybe a dash of piano for savasana!

On & Off the Mat With: Caitlyn Taylor

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

The day to day practice of trying to live! In our individualised society we're so disconnected from community, from a sense of belonging, from ourselves. I'm continually motivated by the intent to bridge the divide between the self and other, to help others feel understood.

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

So much! Less striving to attain advanced asana, more considered and deliberate movement. It's slowed right down to be able to access more space, more connection, more transcendence.

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

I admire anyone that gets up there and shares from their heart. It is not an easy job and I have so much respect for everyone giving it a crack. I've practiced with many teachers around the world and I wouldn't be the teacher I was without the influence of all of them, even those I didn't "like."

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

Longer holds, slow and deliberate movement, deep breath, introspective contemplation.

I'm continually motivated by the intent to bridge the divide between the self and other, to help others feel understood.

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

Yin: the space is so damn rich and expansive.

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

I'm out in nature! Continuance, silence, spaciousness, life.

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

A cow for sure. When I look into a cow's eyes I can see the whole universe. Plus they just chill and eat all day.

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