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 when Annie suggested we open a studio together. 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 was introduced to yoga ten years ago after being dragged to a class by my best friend. I assumed that it would be super easy and thought that sitting still and meditation was not made for me. My best friend knew me better than I actually knew myself and I have been practicing yoga ever since. My practice guided me through the stress of my midwifery studies and taught me to breathe through life. After a few years of work in the hospital I decided to change my lifestyle in order to find a more holistic way to take care of people. I left France and went travelling completing my yoga studies at Byron Bay Yoga Centre. I am also a qualified midwife and pre & post natal yoga teacher.
My teaching style is both challenging and nurturing. I teach a powerful and soulful flow focusing on breath and postural alignment. My aim is to create space where students can cultivated a deeper understanding of themselves and leave feeling balanced, strong and centred.
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.