I never had any ambition nor plans to be a yoga teacher but one day, the yoga teacher at my regular gym class didn’t show up.
Familiar with a Power Yoga sequence from my home practice, I offered to take the other two students in the class through a practice.
That was the beginning.
Opportunities to teach kept arising, and eventually I found my way to yoga teacher training with Twee Merrigan & Prana Vinyasa. I did two modules with Twee before finally making the trek in 2010 to LA for a full Immersion with Prana Flow Master Teacher Shiva Rea.
It rocked my world.
And in 2011, I completed the study requirements for my Prana Flow 200 Hr Certification.
I’ve now been teaching for a decade – everything from one-on-one private yoga, small group classes, large classes, workshops and outdoor events, including a multitude of festivals like Wanderlust and NZ’s International Yoga Festival.
As my home yoga practice has evolved, so so has my yoga teaching style and methods.
I still draw on my Prana Flow Teacher Training, and count Shiva Rea, and so the teachings of Desikachar and Krishnamacharya, as my primary influence. However my teaching is now rooted in supporting students to connect with their own process of discovery on the mat.
When students make this connection, they discover that their bodies contain infinite wisdom that knows how to systematically release the accumulated tension of a lifetime.
It’s this connection to internal wisdom, above all else, that I seek to facilitate.
My teaching revolves around helping students to navigate the relationship between control and surrender while staying anchored to the breath, and observing in detail what is happening within the body physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically.
In essence, it’s all about Svadhyaya (self-study), Tapas (translated as ‘to heat’, focused on control) and Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender).
The teaching is about a process, not about the postures.
We still use postures in class, not as an end to themselves, but as a way to explore our internal world. It’s about the way we seek to control them, to surrender to them, and to witness ourselves within the posture.