Jodie Burton

Student level

I fell deeply into my practice in Koh Phangan on a yoga retreat and it was here that I was inspire by my teacher to complete my training. I had gone alone, needing something to help me to re-connect and came back yearning to explore the practice and philosophy more and to teach what I had learnt to others. I love to teach creative and strong vinyasa flows where we can collectively breathe, move and get out of our heads and into our bodies.

Teaching & Certification

  • RYT 200 hour at (Here) Yoga, Malvern with Nicky Grimsdale & Sarah Metzger and mentored by Nicky post-training
  • 300 hour with Power Living on Being of Purpose in Byron Bay
  • Yin training with Jen Crescenzo
  • Journey through Chakra Vinyasa with Shiva Rea

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Most certainly in Yin (who doesn't love a nice juicy assist in Yin!) but depending on the type of vinyasa class will depend on the amount of physical adjustments. Much more so in a Level 1 class or for beginners, and if someone is about to injure themselves then for sure, but I also thin the body has a way of finding the alignment that sits best.

  • Theming: I love to theme my classes, especially around the elements, chakras, breath and energy so I guess a lot of how the physical practice of yoga can affect us on a mental, emotional and energetic way and how we can use that to re-connect to ourselves.

  • Sequencing: Nearly always to a peak pose or working to a theme e.g. working with a fiery sequence or a very fluid sequence.

  • Music: Pretty random and varied to be honest! I create playlists to complement the type of class and intensity so could include anything from MC Yogi to Christian Loffler, Deya Dova to Leif Vollebek.

On & Off the Mat With: Jodie Burton

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

Other teachers, my students and the continual journey of learning that the practice offers.

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

I'm much more interested in the philosophy and psychology of yoga, sound meditation and I thin my own asana practice has developed through a more dedicated and committed practice although sometimes I feel I have less time to practice than I used to!

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

Yes - heaps - too many to list really! So many in Melbourne but my teachers Nicky and Sarah have been a huge influence on me. Keenan Crisp (was at Power Living Sydney) is just incredible and I have a huge insta crush on Steph Gongora!

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

Hopefully lots of fun, plenty of movement, sweat and a chance to simply explore your practice with no sense of pressure, ego or expectation.

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

Backbending sequences - all about opening up through the heart space. Every day. All day!!!

I love to teach creative and strong vinyasa flows where we can collectively breathe, move and get out of our heads and into our bodies.

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

I love the gym - rowing, running etc. More functional movement is something I have started to incorporate to build up more strength. I wish I could enjoy lifting weights but truthfully - I just hat it!! So I don't! I also love hiking - anywhere, anytime.

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

There is old tree that looks down onto the bay in Brighton where you can sit on one of its big old branches. I call it my meditation tree and just love spending even just 15 mins sitting there.

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

David Attenborough - who has been my hero for ever and ever. Barak Obama - such an interesting, intelligent and charismatic person. Oooh - I can't choose a third, I'll have to come back to that!!!

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

I am practicing a strong and fluid yoga class, hiking up a mountain in the Himalaya or jumping in the ocean in Byron.

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

Wolf. Easy.

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