Jennalea McInnes

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I started my yoga journey at the ripe age of 16 in school. I used the Nidra practices all through my late teens to early 20s to overcome anxiety and stress. I got in to a Hot Yoga practice at 22 and began a daily practice straight away.

I love to teach intelligent sequences that open up the body to gain mobility, flexibility, stability and strength. To move in ways that frees the mind and flows with breath, sometimes like a dance. I like teaching the why's and the how's. Yoga asana to me should be an advocate for longevity in healing and health.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour with Power Living
  • Yin Training with Mysan Sidbo
  • Laughing Lotus Immersion
  • Maty Ezraty Immersion

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Absolutely. My classes are very hands-on but I also love that at Good Vibes we provide people with an option (the yes/no cards) to empower them to make the choice that sits well with them that practice. I am a very tactile person, it's my nature to touch with intention of compassion and helping in mind. It's important to me that my students are gaining awareness of their body in space and to feel nurtured in their practice. An adjust can sometimes simply be a way to become more present and connected.

  • Theming: I always theme my classes. This year we have been in enquiry of "surrender" and what that means in our lives through the "good" and the "bad" times and everything between. What stems from surrender; fear and self-enquiry. This content is from self enquiry of my own practice/life.

  • Sequencing: Often based around the theme, could be an organ/system of the body, muscle group (strengthening/lengthening/gaining deeper awareness), peak pose, or we have "friday fast flow" and move faster, flowier this day!

  • Music: Oh man, I am a self-proclaimed "yoga DJ". Music is important to me and it's diverse. Some days we might flow to Prince. Lately, I have been bringing in more space in flow, moving to just breath then re-introducing music. Recently a lot of Four Tet, Rufus, tribal dance, piano (i.e. Nils Frahm), Arli and music with minimal lyrics. It really depends on the flow and the day. I feel music can really generate energy in the room and in my teaching. It can also inspire movement and creativity.

On & Off the Mat With: Jennalea McInnes

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

Life and all it's lessons. The heartbreaks, the losses, the gains, the heart growing, relationships, change, conversations. I am constantly inspired through cultivating my own awareness. I am inspired by empowering others, seeing people grow, overcome and transcend. I am inspired by discomforts, challenges and learning. I am inspired by the human body, how it's designed to heal itself and how we can get back to this profound understanding of self.

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

Much more gentle, slow and lighter in flow. I know when to child's pose!! Haha. And honestly, with teaching, you practice more at home or in the studio after class/between classes. Practice is always evolving and shifting depending on what else is happening in life. When I train weights, when I dance ecstatic dance, when I am in pain, when I am in love - practice evolves to a differently place each year. Where it's at now, is a pure intimate practice of self-care, mindful movement that feels nourishing and liberating. I love to sweat it all out on the mat and feel over the years have become softer in my approach to yoga asana. It shows as much less injury!

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

I adore Deb Langley (Laughing Lotus NY) and have learnt a lot from her. I ensure I get to my pal Ryan Mannix's class each week as we both love a good fluid flow, he's amazing. I enjoy a solid Dice Ida-Klein class for the intelligence in anatomy, deepening the work in the physical.

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

Strong, playful, fun, sweaty, messy, flowy, long savasanas, many anecdotes annnddd passion!

Yoga asana to me should be an advocate for longevity in healing and health.

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

I do teach all day everyday hahaha. Na, probably Vinyasa - I just love the rhythm of it. Coming up then bringing everything back down and creating balance in body and mind. Lots of focus on breath.

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

Movement is life! I train at the gym, crossfit/functional movement style. I like to dance a lot, go to weekly ecstatic dance classes, constantly stretching my body, hiking, free diving, gymnastic movement, riding my bike most days and I enjoy most fitness classes from pilates to boxing. I also am adamant that I will learn how to juggle this year!

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

The Ocean - to breathe, swim, meditate, journal, read, connect.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Charles Bukowski - his fierce and honest approach to his creative endeavours. Outspoken and witty. Inspiring authenticity.

Marcus Aurelius - Okay I know there's now a pattern of dead-men I want to sit with haha, but the Philosopher and stoic Marcus Aurelius would be a very inspiring dinner guest. His knowledge and perception of the world during a time that was extremely different to the one that we are now in, yet his philosophy on many topics remains to make a lot of sense in this age. I wonder how he would view the world now.

Paul Chek: Oh man, what an extreme human being, living large. A man in service, in purpose of love, conscious expansion, making huge impacts in peoples lives. To pick his brain and feel inspired by his approaches in physical, mental, spiritual health. He would be a very entertaining guest!

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

I am surrounded by my tribe who make me feel my brightest, when I am giving from a full cup, I get lots of sleep, eat clean and I am practicing at least 3 times a week.

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

A snow leopard!

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