Tracy Hambly

Student level

Meditation is a beautiful kind of social activism. Often the people that come to meditation are disatisfied or disillusioned with their way of life and seek change. I was no different!

My meditation journey began as a teenage girl, when I was struggling to cope with inner insecurities and fears. These often manifested as anxiety and depression, so I sought to change my unpleasant inner experience to a happier one. I found a local meditation teacher whose compassionate and loving spaces supported me during this difficult time and this work led to my love and fierce passion for spiritual connection.

Now, 6 years later my desire to create change for my community is strong. This drove me to create Looking Inwards, a meditation project in outer east Melbourne. I love weaving creativity, philosophy, and healing group work into my classes. This allows me to create a warm and sacred space for students to look inwards, blossom, and be themselves.

Teaching & Certification

  • Diploma of Meditation and Mindfulness Teaching at the Australian College of Classical Yoga (200hr) with Swami Shantananda

Teaching Style

  • Theming: All my classes are themed with the philosophy of oneness. The content I share are mostly readings from artists and philosophers, stories and anecdotes, and exercises for creative self-work.

  • Sequencing: Moment of silence, group check-in, guided meditation practice/creative work, silent stillness, reflection and discussion.

  • Music: Soft piano, tibetan flutes, nature sounds, vocal harmonies, all from beautiful Sounds True playlists.

On & Off the Mat With: Tracy Hambly

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

The need for supportive and nourishing spiritual spaces in my outer eastern community. People are calling out for real discussion and a desire to be truly heard. Looking Inwards’ classes are about bringing gritty and life-changing meditation to people and less pretty yoga.

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

I practice no-focus stillness meditation each day, and that’s no different since I began teaching. There is a natural deepening sense of love for the world within and without, that’s for sure.

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

Larissa Haramis, my first yoga teacher.
Jess Huon, whose talks always touch my heart.
Jack Kornfield, his guided practices were some of my first as a young girl and have seen me through difficult times.

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

Love, love, love!

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

My restorative meditation class, just to see the beautifully tender, inner-child innocent faces of my students at the end of each session.

I love weaving creativity, philosophy, and healing group work into my classes.

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

Gardening, as I’m a horticulturist by day.

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

The Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda.

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

Nigella Lawson, Jane Goodall, and Nai Palm; to soak up their feminine strength and authenticity.

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

I’m having tea in my garden with the plants and my 2 puppies.

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

African elephant (‘cause I’m South African!)

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