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Jon Smillie Yoga Teacher

Yoga Teacher - Jon Smillie



Jon Smillie’s perspective in life and interests

I try to live a life of balance and presence, and the inspiration and practice that is the 5000 year-old tradition of Yoga is a cornerstone for this. I’m lucky to be in a position to carry this tradition forward and share it with others, especially given how much I always learn in return.

Training and major influences

My training and core practice is in Vinyasa Flow, however I practice with Iyengar teachers on a regular basis, and will take an Ashtanga class whenever I can get it! I’m interested in all of the faces of Yoga today, but am always aware we are part of traditions that are timeless.

Style of teaching

I’m inspired by Patanjali’s formulation of Yoga as a vehicle for stilling the mind, and bringing us to a place where we can experience life. The physical, energetic, and psychological practices of yoga are steps on that path, but not the endgame, so we can just enjoy them for what they are and where they take us. As a teacher my goal is to create a space where fellow Yogis can explore, experiment, and enjoy all these dimensions, but the eventual destination is theirs. I try to offer my students a challenge where I can, but always leave a place to stop on the way.

Jon’s dynamic Hatha classes at CYS are an invigorating practice designed to generate energy and build your capacity. You can expect an integrated Vinyasa-based sequence to charge up your batteries, with a progression through some more challenging poses that will enable you to expand your practice, and maybe surprise yourself too! Awaken and activate your Yoga practice with these dynamic classes.

Most recent inspiring experience

My regular Iyengar teacher practiced with and was trained by B.K.S. Iyengar himself on a regular basis over many years, and I recently learned he was actually with Guruji around the time of his death in 2014. It’s been a privilege to practice personally with someone who was so close to such an inspirational figure.

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What people are saying about Canberra Yoga Space…

"I have attended several other yoga schools but always felt uncomfortable due to being a beginner and the other yogis able to do more than me. When I found Canberra yoga space I was going through a very difficult time in my life, and beginners yoga course supported me and my emotional state at this time. I love my yoga practice and have signed up again for the beginners course. I really look forward to continuing yoga practice and personal growth. Thank you Monica and the great team at Canberra yoga space." - Rebecca – October 2016