I started practicing yoga in 2002 to build strength for my running, tramping, climbing and swimming. Yoga helped me heal from the injuries that kept coming back through my sports. By understanding my body, I learned how to recover from and avoid injuries. So I kept going back. Over time, I noticed increases in strength and balance as well as stress relief.
I completed my initial yoga teacher training with Byron Yoga Centre in Australia and dove in to teaching. I enjoyed helping people benefit from yoga (no matter their old rugby injuries, dodgy knees, inflexible hips, or tight shoulders). Since those first classes, I've kept on training to refine my skills and knowledge as a teacher.
I teach a hatha style of yoga with a vinyasa flow to keep things moving. My classes focus on strength and a healthy range of motion without advanced poses or a lot of sweating. You can expect a different class each week. Feel free to come along even if you are new to yoga.
When you come to my class, my goal is for you to feel better in the way that is right for your body. I have an informal approach and encourage students to have fun and laugh along the way.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500). I completed my RYT-500 hour training at Byron Yoga Centre as well as Yoga Synergy's Anatomy and Physiology Course. Many teachers have inspired me along the way, including Kelly Fisher, Lynda Miers-Henneveld, Maria Kirsten, and the Yoga Synergy style created by Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss.
Before I began teaching yoga, I spent 15 years working in public health and social services. As my yoga instruction has expanded to restorative yoga, focused on stress relief and managing chronic pain/tension, I often draw on my previous work in managing and coping with chronic illness. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology, Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health.