I started Ashtanga Yoga when I was 16. I had been training in classical ballet since the age of 3 and loved the grace and musicality, but found the obsessive focus on body image and the unrealistic quest for ‘perfection’ to be very toxic. Yoga allowed me to connect to my body in a much deeper way whilst helping me to learn focus, patience and self acceptance through the breath.
Now, I love to bring this connection into all of my classes, encouraging my students to explore mindful movement, deep breaths and moments of presence to enable them to explore the deeper layers of themselves.
My classes are creative and dynamic with a deep focus on philosophy and meditation. I also strongly believe in taking Yoga ‘off the mat’ and always turn to Yoga philosophy for guiding my life choices and to help me be pure in my role as a friend, partner, teacher trainer and Mother.
Adjustments/Assists: I love to help students experience the effortlessness of true alignment, particularly in arm balances and inversions. I also love helping students to dissolve tension when I can see them clenching and using energy in a way that doesn't serve the posture.
Theming: I love theming, I believe every class needs a deeper reason for connection - this is what makes it Yoga. Some of my favourite themes are based on the Yamas and Niyamas, the Chakras, on self-love, letting go, finding stillness, the seasons and so much more.
Sequencing: Sequencing is really important to me, especially with a background in dance, I really want my students to feel grace and connection in everything they do. I like to work towards a peak pose, sometimes I do a ladder flow, sometimes I'll explore similar movement types to enable greater opening in a particular body area or sometimes my sequencing will be based around a particular theme such as 'Let Go.'
Real life. There isn't a moment of my life in the last 10 years + that hasn't been guided and influenced by the grace and depth of the Yoga teachings. Not to say I've got it all worked out, but simply to demonstrate how profound and relevant this ancient system is. Yoga makes me, me and gives my life purpose and meaning. The only point of getting on our mat and working on focus, flexibility, strength and connection to our breath is so that we can find this OFF the mat. That's why we call it a Yoga 'practice.' So I always try and make my teachings relevant, real and relatable so my students can get those 'aha' moments and take the teachings off the mat to navigate their way through life with the grace of Yoga.
Yes so much! They say 'the highest form of learning is teaching' and I can definitely attest to this. Particularly since running my own Yoga Teacher Training course and breaking down the specifics of asana, exploring philosophy and going through the art of cueing and intelligent sequencing- my own practice has benefited so much.
Wow so many, I just find the entire Yoga community so incredibly positive and inspiring. I love teachers who are authentic, who I really feel 'walk the walk' and take their practice off the mat. I love Masha from Happy Melon, Claudine and Honza from Yoga Beyond, Daniela Garza Rios from Yoga Barn, Bali and the gorgeous Lisa Carlyle from Lavana. But every teacher has contributed to my journey in some way and so I am grateful for every person who has stepped in front of me on the Yoga mat.
Connection, soul, creative flows, dynamic movement, moments of presence and always some inspiring Yoga philosophy.
I encourage my students to explore mindful movement, deep breaths and moments of presence to enable them to explore the deeper layers of themselves.
A soulful, playful Vinyasa Flow.
Walking, snorkelling and playing on the playground with my 2 kids. (Monkey bars are seriously underrated!)
A raw, rustic beach on the Mornington Peninsula with my bare feet on the sand and the fresh ocean air filling up my lungs. Ultimate reboot.
Tao Porchon Lynch- the 100 year old Yoga Teacher is so inspiring to me, not because she is 'old' rather than opposite, she seems so vivacious, joyful and full of life. She still teaches 6- 8 Yoga classes a week and at the age of 95 took up Ballroom dancing and now competes internationally! She says "Yoga is a dance within...and then something inside you grows so big, it spills out like champagne, that's when you dance on the outside." What a legend.
Liz Gilbert would be very interesting to meet. I find she has a way of putting real life feelings and ideas into words that I can really connect to and implement into my own life. I also find her commitment to and belief in the importance of of creativity really inspiring.
Maya Angelou was such a powerful woman but not in a 'power over' people way, but from connecting to her own true, deep inner truth. I find that so inspiring. She says "my mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style." Can't think of a better life motto!
I've just jumped out of the ocean, I have the sun on my skin, salt water in my eyelashes, sand between my toes and a few freckles on my nose. (Fun fact: I actually have the word 'sand' tattooed between my toes so that wherever I go in the world I always have 'sand between my toes' Haha.)
Probably a cat because I love snuggling people and moving in a slinky way. But I'd have to be a water loving cat!