Yoga Teacher/ Studio Manager
I am passionate about teaching yoga and want everyone to experience the benefits that I have received from my own practice; increased strength and flexibility, a deeper connection to self, increased confidence and a sense of happiness and joy in life.
I was interested in yoga and meditation from a young age but it wasn’t until I became a mother in my mid-twenties that I actually took my first yoga class. After bending over to fold a nappy and feeling something go in my back, I realised that I had to learn how to look after my spine and my body so that I could look after my daughter. I took my first class and never looked back. It didn’t take long for me to realise that yoga is not only about the body, it is also and even more so about the mind. Yoga helps us to travel through life with grace, joy, equanimity and love. A daily practice can transform your own life and the lives of those around you.
I found my love of yoga in London whilst working in Public Relations and the shift from student to teacher happened when I moved back to Perth. For many years I taught yoga part-time. My desire to open a studio was finally realised in 2016. I am very excited to see what the future holds for us at Glide Yoga and look forward to being a part of a yoga community that values the ancient teachings of yoga which means union or connection.
I was reluctant to start yoga thinking that I needed to do ‘harder’ exercise like you do at the gym. I lived like many others by the mantra of no pain, no gain and saw yoga as a soft option that wasn’t challenging enough for the body. How wrong I was! It didn’t take long for me to work out that yoga is as much for the body as it is for the mind and I began to experience a calm peaceful mind. I actually didn’t know that it was possible to calm my overly active mind. I felt happier, more centred, more relaxed…. It was a total revelation.
Wanting to know more about the philosophy of yoga I started my teacher training course with no intention of teaching yoga. Along the way I discovered that I loved teaching. I love seeing my students shine and embrace the tools that yoga gives to manage life better.
I enjoy seeing students release themselves from their day-to-day worries as they focus on being present in their own bodies, moving through postures without putting pressure on themselves to push or improve. I don’t care how deep you go into a pose, all I care about is how it makes you feel. Grounded, safe, centred, alive and peaceful. I want to guide others in learning how to let go of the conditioning and competitive approach to life and learn to be happy in your own unique skin.
My new mantra is ‘Go to yoga! Life is happier with yoga’.
I walked out of my first vinyasa class five years ago and was hooked. I remember walking out of that class feeling as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and I received a few minutes of peace in my mind that I had been searching for a long time. Yoga has provided space for me when I've been challenged with life stresses and has helped me through various mental health struggles. I love laying out my mat and letting my breath initiate every movement my body wants to practice. As both a nutritionist and yoga teacher, I have a passion for a holistic lifestyle as a preventative health approach and this is what inspires my yoga practice and teaching.
My teaching style can vary, often it can be powerful and challenging whilst other times its nurturing and soft. I believe in a strong focus on breath and alignment, however, I understand our bodies are all different and you are your own teacher on the mat. I truly hope to create a safe space for students to feel comfortable finding their own rhythm and flow on the mat, where they're able to enjoy the practice in their own way.
My first memory of yoga is vivid. I was just a young girl and I'd come across this amazing little book of my Dad's by none other than the legendary yoga guru, BKS Iyengar. Filled with photographs of the Indian yogi in what appeared to be some pretty crazy contortionist poses, I was extremely curious and quickly grabbed my brother and together we made shapes on our lounge room floor. It wasn't until years later that I began my practice when I was pregnant with my first child. Having heard the numerous benefits for pregnancy and birth, I attended my first yoga class fifteen years ago and was instantly drawn by the energy, sense of community and after glow. I thrived on the physical challenges, but the real gift of yoga was how it enhanced my life well beyond the physical.
Yoga has become such an important part of my life, it completely realigns my state of mind, bringing me 'home' time and time again, revealing habits and patterns, encouraging me to be more adept at 'letting go'. One of the focus points in Vinyasa is tying the breath to movement. This has a profound effect of quieting the mind and bringing a calm awareness, the perfect antidote for our fast paced modern lives. Yoga has given me the impetus to look at myself honestly and gently. Its had an enormous influence on my life and my relationships.
I consider it a blessing and a privilege to have the opportunity through yoga to walk beside and guide students as fellow travellers in life's sacred journey. I bring to my yoga practice a lifelong passion for sharing and nurturing spiritual growth in others.
Beginning a regular yoga practice in my mid-fifties has given me a deep appreciation for the possibilities of discovering new challenges, joys and mastery at any age. I am witnessing in myself and students the profound vehicle that yoga can be for creating strength, flexibility and vitality, as well as longevity and 'youthing' that comes from within and radiates outwards. I experience and observe in students and in my own life, the results of a practice that goes far beyond exercising and toning the body.
Yoga opens the heart, increases mindfulness in daily life and cultivates more gentleness, peace, kindness and compassion. Stretching beyond one's previous limits brings such wonder and satisfaction and this is such a joy to witness.
Vinyasa means the connection of breath and movement. My classes have a strong focus on this to internally cleanse and bring you into the present moment. I will guide you through a creative sequence of asana poses that bring sthira and sukha (steadiness, strength and ease/flexibility) to your body and mind. These qualities help in creating space to find balance. I have experienced so many positive effects through the practice of yoga and meditation. Just to name a few include greater presence, awareness and confidence, and a wonderful increase in my health, vitality, gratitude and joy for life.
I am inspired when I can see the benefits of yoga in students, mentally, physically and emotionally. When they too can journey a truly incredible transformation and connection to self. I enjoy sharing from my own experiences and helping others to deepen their yoga and meditation practice. Through my caring nature, I hope to make students feel comfortable and safe through guidance of proper alignment, breath and movement. I have a passion to share my knowledge on using yoga and meditation as a way of living a holistic lifestyle, and as a therapeutic approach to overall well being, healing and self care.