I started practicing yoga well over a decade ago to help manage my stress levels associated with my senior roles in corporate affairs and public relations. Having experienced the incredible benefits of these practices first-hand, sharing them seemed like to me an absolutely necessary thing to do.
I bring the deepest energy of my heart to my teaching. For me, Yoga is about connection...connection with Self, with Community and Earth. And I see it as my responsibility to help raise the consciousness of human beings (animals, it appears, already have it sorted) by guiding students to that place within where the mind is a little quieter and the heart is a little louder.
My flow classes are slow to medium but strong. They are underpinned with Yoga philosophy and often include references to funny stories or musings relevant to my own life. Pranayama and meditation are a non-negotiable in my classes and my Flow and Yin classes will often incorporate embodiment practices inspired by my studies of Restorative Yoga.
Wherever possible I also like to incorporate mantra, chanting and sound healing practices into my teaching. I strive to create a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for my students and aim to ensure they are given every opportunity to drop-in to these powerful, life-changing practices.
Adjustments/Assists: In Flow...sure, sometimes. But mostly only when I can see breath is stagnant in a particular part of the body - less for the sake of what I think a pose should look like. Also, in my Yin, Restorative and Meditation classes I will often incorporate essential oils teamed to the theme or focus.
Theming: Definitely. Theming will often relate to either new things I've learnt or discovered or something that I feel relevant to my own life or practice. If I am feeling like I need more of "something" in my life, then chances are someone else does too. We're all in this together, right?
Sequencing: Target area/s in the body or a repetitive type/style of movement that can be experienced in a number of postures. I also love working with the energy body.
My own journey through this Earthly plane.
Since becoming a teacher I've learned the importance of filling my cup back up before I give to others. For this reason, I have found I am meditating more than I ever have before and also infusing more restorative practices. I've also recently discovered that a good old fashioned chinwag with a dear Yoga teacher friend is as satisfying as a 20 minute practice on the mat. #satsang
Amy Leonard-King, Judit Varga, Gena Kenny, Jen Cresenzo, Cecily Chun
Me in my rawest form. Expect tenderness, compassion and energy that is drawn from the deepest part of me. Expect to be guided but also to be given opportunities to tap into your own intuition and become more attuned to the language of your body. Sometimes bad jokes and at times bizarre mental tangents that only I get (haha), sometimes silly mistakes in sequences or sides... but whatever happens know that I am always in the room.
Expect to feel supported, nurtured and safe and at the end of the class, just a little more connected than you did when you walked in the room. This is enough if you let it be.
Wherever possible I also like to incorporate mantra, chanting and sound healing practices into my teaching.
Restorative Yoga. An incredible practice to get past the mind and into the body. A deep restful practice we are all worthy of.
Gym and Clinical Pilates.
Krishna Das, Michael Singer and my husband, Daz. Because I really want him to meet them!
I am alive with laughter.
The Lion. Because I need to believe I am powerful.