Hana Dawson

Student level

I had just completed a full-time dance course and I was looking for a way to improve my flexibility and lose weight. Back then my mind was all over the place. Constantly busy and on the go. Saying yes to everything and never giving myself any space to be with thoughts or take care of myself. I treated my body like crap and I had very little sense of self worth.

At first I was turned off by Yoga because it seemed too airy fairy but I heard that hot yoga was a good detox, so i decided to give it a try. After trying a few sessions I realised how challenging it was! When I went into deep relaxation and listened to the teachers talk about Yoga philosophy and ideas, it was like a light bulb turned on and I realised how self destructive my life had gotten. The yoga philosophy and way of life really resonated with me. It sounds dramatic, but I started to question my place in this world and made some big changes in how I live. I never thought I would be a teacher because I'm super shy and hate public speaking, but here we are.

My teaching style is gentle but dynamic. I like to give lots of options to suit different levels and moods (because sometimes you just don't wanna do handstands and that's okay!). I want my students to get to know their bodies and really feel what they're feeling so I like to give time for exploration and movement through poses.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour with Trimurti Yoga (India) - Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Osho Meditation
  • The Yoga Social (Australia) - Prenatal Yoga
  • Antigravity Aerial Yoga (Australia) - fundamentals and restorative

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes. My aim is to adjust every student at least once per class.

  • Theming: I like to share a soft theme throughout class but nothing too intense. That way my students can feel whatever they are going through at that time and make their own intension for class.

On & Off the Mat With: Hana Dawson

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

Getting to know my students and seeing improvements.

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

I used to be so determined to be the most bendy, strong person in the room but now I don't care one bit. Now my approach is just do what feels good.

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

Space to slow down, move, and relax.

I like to give lots of options to suit different levels and moods (because sometimes you just don't wanna do handstands and that's okay!).

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

Moving meditation because there are no rules. Just listen and move.

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

Contemporary dance, pilates, adventure walks.

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

Chunky Move.

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

I dance.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

Red Panda.

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