My journey with yoga began many years ago. Born out of a mountain biking accident, while my injuries healed I discovered the joys of yoga. I found it fascinating to move my body mindfully and gently, yet still experience an intense workout within my body, leaving me feeling strong, relaxed, peaceful and full of vitality. I also discovered many breathing techniques which contributed to a sense of inner calm.
In 2006 I began the journey of watching, living and breathing the slow demise of my husband, James, from cancer. This experience gave me the great honour of nursing James and being with him when he passed away in July 2009. Heart wrenching to say the least, this experience changed my life forever. With yoga I intuitively explored on a deeper level the meaning of life and death.
In more recent years through two separate sporting injuries I broke both my hands and ruptured my Achilles tendon. Supported by my yoga practice and including pilates into my rehabilitation, I recovered from these injuries. Later my health began to suffer as my body had been placed under immense strain for many years – competing in various endurance sports, grieving the loss of my husband and recovering from injuries. I experienced some serious health conditions prompting me to reassess my life, make some changes and get better.
The events in my life and my passion to care for body, mind and soul as a whole have shifted my working career from the business arena to the health arena. Since 2013 I have been teaching Yoga and Pilates, sharing my insights of yoga to help others take care of their bodies and to create space to allow them to discover their own inner healing power and strength.
Initially being drawn to yoga for movement of my body, yoga has enriched my life in so many ways. Yoga sustains me. Yoga has helped me find peace and calm within. Yoga has helped me regain strength and energy to become emotionally resilient, physically fit and healthy again. Yoga has helped me to heal, grow and truly live again, enjoying life with an open heart.
Yoga has been a gift to me and I would like to share this gift with you. Come along and discover your yoga……
Yoga Australia Registered Teacher
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia Teacher www.traumasensitiveyogaaustralia.com
Advanced Yoga Studies Certification with Donna Farhi January 2015
Spinal Integration – A Yoga Intensive with Donna Farhi – Teacher Assistant October 2016
Origins of Alignment – A Yoga Intensive with Donna Farhi – Teacher Assistant May 2015
Yoga Australia Conference Delegate March 2016
Somatic Integration Course: Tools to Enhance Professional Practice
Certificate IV in Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology
Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology
BASI Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Certification
First Aid & CPR Certificate
Business Management Committee Member Gympie & District Women’s Health Group Incorporated
Diploma of Financial Services – Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF)
Senior Associate ANZIIF, Academic Achievement Award ANZIIF
Courtesy Award – Gympie Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship
Back In Motion Physiotherapy & Sports Physiotherapist, Cooroy – Pilates Instructor
Channon & Lawrence Dental Centre, Gympie – Personal & Business Management Assistant
Dobbrick Financial Services, Gympie – Insurance Account Executive
RACQ Gymipe – Membership & Insurance Customer Service Officer
The human body is designed to move with ease and grace. Both yoga and pilates offer ways to achieve this in a safe, supportive environment.
Many people ask me “what is the difference between yoga and pilates?” This can have a complex answer as it depends upon the teacher and style of yoga or pilates.
The main focus during a pilates class is on strengthening and stabilising core postural muscles of the body during all movement. Classes incorporate a structured sequence of exercises with verbal cues offered for the timing of inhalation and exhalation for each exercise, assisting the mind-body connection during movement.
The principles underpinning pilates movement are: awareness, breath, balance, concentration, centre, control, efficiency, flow, precision, harmony. These words also ring true for yoga.
Along with movement and maintaining positions (asanas) for a period of time, yoga classes include meditation, breathing exercises and relaxation. Yoga nourishes your body, mind and spirit, builds strength, flexibility and stability. Yoga allows you to develop a deeper awareness of how you feel physically, energetically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga assists you to be in the present moment with your body and to carry this into your everyday life.
Yoga helps you achieve and maintain unity and harmony between body, mind and spirit.
Some of the classes I offer include a unique blended style of yoga, pilates and relaxation. You are welcome to come along and discover yoga, pilates and relaxation for yourself.
Yoga has a serious of postures called Asanas.
Warrior II – Virabhradrasana II
This a beautiful feeling posture to stretch and open the hip area, strengthen the legs, enhance concentration and to feel balanced and grounded.