One of my greatest passions is personal development and wellbeing. After an emotional / rocky beginning to 2015, I found myself reading anything I could about the topic and eventually found a relatively solid practice in yoga (having only dabbled in it previously, going along to a class with my parents when I’d visit them in Sydney).
I have worked as a barista for several years and have a deep love for coffee, spending a year in Melbourne in 2016 to further my knowledge in the coffee capital of the world.
While in Melbourne I tried a few studios until a work friend suggested Power Living- it was just around the corner from my workplace in Fitzroy and a lot of the teachers came by quite regularly. I was in love from the first class I took.
I signed up for the August intake for teacher training and in the meantime, I undertook their Modern Yogi Project to get a taste for the self-study (svadhyaya) that I would be undertaking as part of their TT program.
My aim for 2017 and beyond is to continue to my 500HR training with Power Living, but also expanding my training elsewhere as much as I can. Always a student, no matter how much I learn.
My teaching can be quite strong. My teacher from Power Living, Cassie Lee, teaches a strong practice, and I always felt my strongest in her classes so I think that influence bleeds through into my teaching. That said, I hope that I carry my students through it and know how to read their bodies if it’s too much. I am careful to make sure that I blend through appropriate anatomical alignment cues as well as philosophy- power yoga is more than just aerobics!
With all that in mind, I want to explore more styles of yoga and incorporate them into my teaching so that I have more to offer than power vinyasa.
Of course, going on retreat to Bali with my training was completely overwhelming and inspiring- beyond comprehensible words. I cannot wait till my next retreat.
But beyond that, it was the day of our final practical exam back in November, and our group had split in two to get through the last dozen of people a bit quicker. My group was halfway through our last teacher, taking us home with savasana, when the other group came in and lay down with us, including our teachers. I was between Leigh, one of my teachers, and Cassie when Leigh grabbed my hand. I reached out and grabbed Cassies, and before long we were all joined hands. It was so organic, magical. I will never forget that moment.