About Yoga Teacher Mary

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How I started to practice yoga?

My yoga journey started in 1989 at the recommendation of my physiotherapist (Robin Bolin) who treated my lower back problem.  Robin was also a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher and she encouraged me to learn to look after my lower back. My back problem was caused by kayak racing in my teenager years in sunny Hungary and my office-work life style.

The health benefits of regular yoga practice were obvious very soon. As long as I kept up my practice I was pain-free and was able to lead a normal life without operation and indulge in my passions of bushwalking and dancing.

I have been practicing in Iyengar style ever since, ocassionally attended other Hatha yoga classes for diversification.

What does yoga mean to me now?

Yoga has helped me to cope better with stressful situations, losing loved ones, changing jobs.  I feel better physically (softer and looser) and mentally after a practice session.

Thoughts on becoming a yoga teacher:

Yoga has been good to me and in 2009 I started to play with the idea to become a yoga teacher.  I felt that if I just put one person on the path to better health I have contributed something to the community.   I completed my teacher training in October 2010 and have been  teaching since then.

My teaching style:

I teach small classes in boutique environment in gentle Hatha yoga style.  My style is influenced by the Iyengar method where focus is on precision and alignment, using props to help the student to get the benefit of the pose.

My years spent as student in therapy classes made me a better teacher.  I am able to modify poses to suit the individual, to work with their pre-existing conditions.

It is important to be gentle with ourselves and accept where we are on a given day!

A typical class starts with warm up poses which lead to a variety of poses which increase flexibility, strength, stamina and balance.  I combine repetition with new poses to stimulate.

My aim is to teach in a safe environment where tranquility meets ability.

Continuing Education:

As a member of Yoga Australia (#1766) I am required to undertake professional development which I thoroughly enjoy and find it stimulating.

Since graduating I completed following courses:

  • Introduction to Ayurveda – Nature Care College – 2011;
  • Relax and Renew”® Trainer – Judith Hansen Lasater – Aug 2012;
  • Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Stress – Enlightened Events – June 2017;
  • Yoga Therapy for the Physical Body – Enlightened Events – July 2017;
  • Meditation facilitator – Adore Yoga – January 2019;
  • Teaching yoga for Seniors (over 65) – Enlightened Events – June 2019.

Thank you for reading my profile and looking forward to hearing from you.

My contact details: 

Tranquability@gmail.com – or – 0408 29 6670

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