Yoga + Meditation
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
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Yoga for me, goes beyond fancy poses and getting upside down. Each time we practice, we have the opportunity to discover parts of ourselves that we may not even realise are there, by witnessing how we are on the mat as a mirror for how we are off the mat, in everyday life. We can gain deeper insight into who we are, if we are open and willing to notice. It’s all here… disguised as a headstand, lunge, backbend, deep stretch, animal pose, warrior pose, making shapes, or the final surrender.
And aside from all this, it just FEELS so good!!
I completed yoga teacher training at HYA Yoga Studio and Training Academy at Miranda, Sydney. I practice and teach Yin Yoga, Vinyasa flow and meditation.
The first time I went to a Yin class, I couldn’t wait to get out of there!
I had only just started practising yoga and never knew anything about Yin. I wondered what we were doing, why we were on the floor and why we weren’t moving! Clearly I didn’t get it and clearly I needed it!
I didn’t go back for a while, but a few months later I decided to give it another try. This time I floated out of class, feeling really light, calm and peaceful. Ok, this time I kind of got it!
Today, Yin is my favourite style of yoga to practice and to teach! Funny how things turn out!
I love facilitating Yin because it is an accessible, nurturing practice that allows students to slow down, take time out of their busy lives and enjoy the spaciousness that is created.
In a modern world where busyness is common and stress has become a state of being, the stillness practice of Yin is an opportunity for calming the body-mind and reconnecting with that peaceful place within.
I see how positively it impacts the lives of my students, how it has become a self-care practice for many of them, and it is an honour for me to hold this space.
I also love the mindfulness and self-awareness aspects of Yin. When we make these shapes we have the opportunity to learn about ourselves, practice presence and find comfortable in the uncomfortable (a mirror for life).
There is so much to discover and it is within the stillness that we can feel, hear and see more clearly. We can take these lessons and greater awareness off the mat into our everyday, living from a more peaceful and present place.
When I first started meditating many years ago, I didn’t know if I was “doing it right”, I felt “bored” and my mind was in a million places all at once. It was a challenge to be still and stay long enough.
Today, It has become an integral part of my daily practice. Even though there are some days where I really don’t want to sit still and the mind has countless ways to distract me from presence, I’ve noticed how it has transformed the way I feel and how I show up in the world. I’ve also noticed that I can come back to that peaceful place much easier than before. There is more spaciousness between the thoughts and a great clarity and calmness to the way I move through life.
I love facilitating meditation! I see how transformative it is for my students, and how light, calm and peaceful they feel after allowing this time for stillness and mindfulness. One of the best parts – it’s free and accessible to anyone, and you can be anywhere!