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Self expression and authenticity are guiding principles in my life, and these same principles guide my practice and teaching style. Whilst we need to understand correct alignment for the physical and energetic benefits of the yogasanas, I encourage students to find the stillness necessary to connect with their innate self-knowledge. By turning inward, as the sutras instruct, we learn how to listen and be guided in our practice. This experience eventually extends into the rest of our lives, as we connect with our intuition, finding, hopefully, some sense of acceptance, contentment and perspective in our lives.
Another guiding principle is to aim for balance in life, and I say aim because it often feels like no sooner have I reached some semblance of balance than the scales tip again. But with a practice of self acceptance, attempted equanimity, and loving kindness, the storms soon fade to calm.
Through sustained effort, relaxed concentration, and trust in ourselves, we learn the body awareness necessary to have a most fruitful practice. What that means to one person may be different to another, but the outcome is the same...an itty bitty bit more connection to self, an itty bit more connection to each other, and an itty bit more happiness in the world.
I began practicing regularly over 10 years ago at the Fremantle Yoga Centre in WA, and have since been informed by a variety of teachers, schools, and workshops. I have completed intense trainings with Agama Yoga in Dharamsala, India and my 200 RYT with Akhanda Yoga in Australia . Both traditions draw on a traditional, truly holistic approach to yoga, encouraging students to understand how to cultivate and channel energy through postures, and how this influences your health and emotional state. Both traditions are focused on the guiding principle of balance, creating balance in the flow of postures, between the feminine and masculine energies within, and of the yin and yang aspects of our physical practice.
My life has been enriched by the philosophical and spiritual implications of yoga, and it is a pleasure and an honour to share these with other practitioner in a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive atmosphere.