Yoga is an effective way for students to connect and find their true self. It takes children and adults away from the fast pace of their lives. They can be shown techniques to help them calm down and deal with symptoms like anxiety, anger and impatience. There are asanas, ways to breathe and ways to relax and meditate. For children it can be great fun, their imagination is stretched, they are opened up to their creativity. It is a very educational, holistic gift..

A chant that I find uplifting is the Invocation to Taittiriya Upanishad

Om
Saha naavavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karavaavahai
Tejasvi naavadheetamastu
Maa vidvishaavahai
Om shaantih shaantih shaantih 

This has such beautiful words. It asks for what we all wish for, working together with a view to humanity as a whole.

How long has yoga been an important part of your life, how long have you had a dedicated practice?

In March 2014 I visited Tiruvannamalai for a two week yoga workshop. Previous to this I had attended very few yoga classes. It was very much something I felt I had to do and went with two teachers from Perth and five female participants. The trip was quite amazing and following my return many changes seemed to happen to me involving synchronicity.

I wanted to return the following year but realised that for a similar cost I could learn how to teach yoga, and what a great way to understand it on a much deeper level. Therefore, in March 2015 I began my teacher training at 8 Limbs in Leederville.

Since beginning the first module I began a daily practice lasting generally one and a half hours. I look forward to this each day on waking up, it is never a chore.

What are your qualifications / what is your teaching experience / any specialty areas of study or experience?

I am a registered nurse as well as a bowen and massage therapist. This gives me a good grounding in anatomy and physiology. I completed my yoga teacher training in February this year with 8 Limbs. I anticipated I would be working with older adults but have found myself drawn to work with children.

I commenced yoga teaching in April this year. I have a mum who attends with her 9 and 11 year old children. She is very happy to do the poses I set for her children, although I do make occasional changes to her routine for an added challenge. I find this experience very rewarding and educational for me as well.

I have also run a short course for an arty friend wanting to have an exhibition based on her interpretation of the chakras. I compared modern interpretations to the ancient Indian teachings. We would look at one chakra at a time, then following massage and other bodywork modalities, plus flower essences she would go and paint on the particular chakra.

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How has yoga influenced, healed and helped you?

Yoga has had a huge influence on me covering all aspects of my life. It has become a primary constant in an ever changing world. When I get on my mat each day I endeavour to let go of everything else happening around me. This allows me to be open to that gentle voice inside of me and grow to understand myself on another level.

Many doors have been opened to guide me. I believe that I have grown in confidence and am also calmer than I used to be. I am forever grateful to my body for the way it supports me through the asanas especially when I consider what limited exposure it has had to this way of being.

What is it you feel most passionate about sharing with your students and why?

I receive great pleasure from sharing and encouraging others in areas I feel passionate about. This may be yoga, art, health or healing for example.

Yoga is an effective way for students to connect and find their true self. It takes children and adults away from the fast pace of their lives. They can be shown techniques to help them calm down and deal with symptoms like anxiety, anger and impatience. There are asanas, ways to breathe and ways to relax and meditate. For children it can be great fun, their imagination is stretched, they are opened up to their creativity. It is a very educational, holistic gift.

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