Kristian Crowe

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So I was lucky enough to be introduced to the yoga practice through my family. I had practiced a few times as a teenager, due to exposure through performing arts, but my Aunty Tracy’s Yin class was the first time I felt a deeper connection to yoga (She is such an inspiration! Fab!).

Coming from a dance background I have always loved experimenting with the body and exploring a wide range of movement vocabulary. Although the foundations of my practice are firmly grounded in ‘Ashtanga Vinyasa’ yoga, I have always been a curious soul and enjoy sharing a more creative expression of the practice in my classes.

My style of teaching uses the process of self enquiry to illuminate and empower students to adopt a practice that is physically sound and that also works for them and their bodies. Although I understand that the practice can be deeply contemplative and introspective, I find a light and playful nature is crucial (for me anyway) to maintaining a consistant and committed yoga practice. Yoga asks us to find presence, and nothing commands presence like a shared human experience rooted in joy! Long live yoga with heart and soul that allows us the freedom to laugh and live our best lives.

Teaching & Certification

  • Ashtanga Yoga Paris - Gerald Disse, David Swenson, Ron Reid, Linda Munro - 200hr RYT
  • Inyoga - Sydney, Nicole Walsh - 125hr RYT
  • Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training - Blue Spirit, Costa Rica - 300hr
  • The Heart of Vinyasa - Duncan Parviainen, Noelle Connolly, Dustin Brown, Chris Wilson - Melbourne, 300hr Advanced YTT

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: As I have trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Jivamukti yoga, assisting has always been a big part of my offering as a teacher. I also teach privately (one on one) and have spent a lot of time working with different bodies and honing my skills when it comes to aligning the physical body in a way that feels non-invasive and informative to practitioners.

  • Theming: Giving the practice intention and purpose beyond the physical is very important to me, as it is the reason I fell in love with yoga. My themeing is succinct and purposeful, revolving around different elements of yoga philosophy. From the sutras to the eight limbs, seasons, elements, words, quotes and things that are meaningful to me, in order to speak with authenticity.

  • Sequencing: Peak pose? Balancing? Strengthening? To sequence in waves or not to wave? Vinyasa Krama is the main focus of my sequencing. I personally enjoy building a practice around a particular asana or a set of asana. Preparing the body for a certain level of support or opening, depending upon what is required.

  • Music: The music I play in class (if I use music) is often dependent on the type of environment I am trying to create. It is usually minamilist and I try to avoid lyrics where possible (Sidenote: if a song really makes me feel something then I am often compelled to share it. For example: Forest of Gold - Mazde, have a listen!).

The most important thing in a playlist for me is finding the perfect arc; beginning slow and steady, building in intensity or mood, dreams being lived all over the place and then savasana vibes. There are no rules with music, just respect people’s right to space within the practice. I try to avoid noise pollution if I can, but even that is subject to perspective.

On & Off the Mat With: Kristian Crowe

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

For me it all comes back to the humbling practice of yoga. The depth of the practice on and off the mat unfold over a lifetime.

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

I would say my practice has become more a procession of self enquiry. A deep listening and then a moving from that place.

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

Every teacher I have ever had has taught me a valuable lesson! Sonia Ama, Ron Reid, David Swenson, Annie Carpenter, Dice are all so humble and beautiful in there devotion to the practice of yoga.

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

You can expect a new appreciation for the work of the practice and a playful approach to this beautiful tradition. I really love the yoga practice and my teaching is all about sharing that love in an environment that’s is conducive with growth and compassion.

My style of teaching uses the process of self enquiry to illuminate and empower students to adopt a practice that is physically sound and that also works for them and their bodies.

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

Vinyasa, because that word encompasses so much!

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

Dance, body weight training, biking, swimming.

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

Royal Botanic Gardens or anywhere close to the water.

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

I am dancing.

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

I was once told I look like a seagull, but I will go with a dog.

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