My yoga journey started in 1989 at the recommendation of my physiotherapist (Robin Bolin) who treated my lower back pain. Robin was also a qualified yoga teacher in the Iyengar style and she encouraged me to learn to look after my lower back.
I have been practicing continuously all these years.
The health benefits of regular yoga practice were obvious to me very early on. As long as I kept up my practice I was pain-free and was able to lead a normal life without operation.
I completed my Hatha yoga teacher training in 2010 and have been teaching over 50’s, seniors and the not so supple since then.
My teaching style is:
- Detailed, focusing on alignment, awareness to move with the breath.
- Using yoga props to make the poses more accessible .
- Alternative poses are offered to suit the individual, which might mean doing yoga on a chair.
- Compared to younger cohort, the warmup takes a bit longer.
- There is a strong focus on standing poses to improve balance and to strengthen the legs.
- There is variety within a class and from class to class.
- I aim to creates a safe environment where everybody works within their limitations on the day.
- The class finishes with relaxation and sometimes a short meditation is also included.
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.
As a member of Yoga Australia (#1766) I am required to undertake professional development which I thoroughly enjoy and find it stimulating.
Since graduating in 2010 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’s) – Enlightened Events – June 2019;
- Chair yoga teaching, specific demography of aged care – January 2021;
I am looking forward to hearing from you.