Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love : Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone. Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together. For the pillars of the temple stand apart. And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
How long has yoga been an important part of your life, how long have you had a dedicated practice?
When I first entered the realm of Ashtanga Yoga in 2004, I was a gym enthusiast and was very grateful to have found a structured ‘stretch program’ to commit to. Since 2012, the year I completed my 3 year training with Gregor Maehle & Monica Gauci, I have joyfully found myself being able to sustain an unbroken daily self-practice.
What are your qualifications / what is your teaching experience / any specialty areas of study or experience?
I am a Registered Level 2 Teacher with Yoga Australia and have had continuing studies at workshops with teachers such as Graeme Northfield, Mark Togni, Santina Giardina-Chard, Dena Kingsberg, & Tiffany Cruikshank, to name a few. I enjoy the freedom that the structure of Ashtanga Yoga brings to my life but I also enjoy the playful and therapeutic benefits from styles like Vinyasa & Yin Yoga. I am blessed to have had some experience teaching those styles in varying arenas such as gymnasiums & corporations. I continue my learning of all aspects of Yoga and am passionately deepening my daily practice with expert guidance from my teacher, Dana Longton at Sage Yoga; who I credit for encouraging me to embrace my individuality from a place of authenticity, to seek and live my truth courageously – Seek the Sun Yoga.
How has yoga influenced, healed and helped you?
My first foray into the world of yoga was to incorporate it into my life as a stretch routine. As a physical routine, I found spaciousness and length in my body, not to mention more balance. It’s amazing how that word, balance, inevitably spilled over into the rest of my life, right under my nose. It was especially apparent when I encountered a difficult period in my life filled with overwhelming stress and grief. The practice of yoga during this emotional time allowed me to tap into reserves of inner strength and spiritually, it felt like I had come ‘home’ and was safe; precisely where I needed to be.
What is it you feel most passionate about sharing with your students and why?
I’m really excited to share with others that there is more to yoga than just the physical postures that we do on our mats in class. That yoga is just the tip of the iceberg. I am continually seeking to learn more and believe it to be possible to integrate the principles of yoga philosophy to practical day to day living. I’d like to share with others that yoga is not just for the bendy; it is certainly not a passing trend or hobby or a cult; and it is very possible to have a life-long yoga practice by incorporating higher limbed practices. In this way, I hope others can feel inspired to find their own journey of transformation.
In particular for me, during the course of my teacher training, chanting mantras had an uncanny way of instantaneously bringing me to my center, a place of peace. It is no wonder that that the special intonations and ancient sounds from chanting create energy vibrations that can replace negative energy with positive ones. I would love to share my love of chanting and empower others with this special practice one day.
Member of Yoga Australia and a Registered Level 2 Teacher