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Pippa Matthews – Yoga Synergy Yoga Teacher

Pippa Matthews - Yoga Synergy Yoga Teacher


Pippa Matthews’ perspective in life and interests

A ‘settler’ from Sydney, my love of nature lured me to Canberra where the Namadji National Park provides a wonderful playground for my cycling and hiking pursuits. Apart from the sheer physical fun and exhilaration of being in the outdoors, spending time close to nature helps me to reconnect with myself and reminds me of the inter-connectedness of all things and beings. As different as we may be on the outside I believe our essence is the same and this invites self-compassion and compassion for others.

Training and major influences

I began my yoga journey 17 years ago as a student of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, inspired by the constantly evolving teachings of Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss. With time I have experienced the benefits of a daily yoga practice and how they translate to a deeper relationship with myself and others on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

With a growing desire to share the delicious blend of nurturing and transformation that yoga affords, I completed my Yoga Teacher training with Yoga Trinity in Canberra. With the understanding that good teachers are also students I’m constantly striving to refine my own knowledge, yoga practice and teaching techniques. I have attained advanced teacher training in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, Core Yoga, and Pranayama and Meditation. I have completed a training intensive at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai/India with T.K.V Desikachar, and various workshops and retreats with Simon Borg-Olivier and Clive Sheridan.

My work as a psychotherapist has helped me to cultivate a sound understanding of how the disciplines of yoga and western psychology inform each other about the development of self and the maintenance of health in body, mind and spirit. With research confirming the links between neuroscience, psychology and contemplative practice I have a particular interest in the application of yoga in the clinical setting and more recently completed my training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, USA.

The knowledge that yoga is an experience of the body and the mind guides both my own practice and my teaching. However it is that our mind and body show up on the day, each time we come to the yoga mat we embark on an extraordinary journey of self discovery, self connection and self acceptance. With a regular yoga practice the gifts of this journey may be increasingly enjoyed both on and off the mat. They might be experienced as a general sense of calm, increased and more sustained energy levels, a greater ability to deal with stress, and less reactivity in interpersonal relationships.

Pippa Matthews’ style of teaching

I teach a style of yoga in which postures are linked by flowing sequences, with the breath being harnessed to energise the body and focus the mind throughout. My endeavour as a yoga teacher is to provide a safe space in which students can use their physical body as a vehicle to be in the present moment. Students can choose from various levels of intensity with which to practice a pose or sequence in any given class, depending on their changing needs.

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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