I have been involved with Yoga and Yoga philosophy for the past 28 years. My yoga practice did not begin in the usual way in the West, which is doing yoga classes learning the asanas or postures. It began with the yoga philosophy that I came across in the United States in the 1980's. I was drawn to the disciplined lifestyle of this philosophy which created way to live skilfully in this world. Yoga philosophy included every aspect of your life especially your interactions with others. Through this path I developed a focused mind and with a focused mind anything can be achieved.
In 1994 I enrolled into a 3 year Teacher Training program at a BKS Iyengar Academy in New Zealand. My extensive training in this program allowed me to understand the importance of watching the development of a student’s yoga practice and to view every class and every student with a fresh outlook. This means that I watch the development of our students and adapt classes to their changing needs and interest. No two classes are the same. I have taught in, Taiwan, United States, New Zealand and Australia opening a number of Yoga schools in different countries some of which are still operating many years later. I have taught in Brisbane for 15 and many of the instructors at various studios around Brisbane have been my students.
I believe that being a Yoga teacher is a calling for me, I want to demonstrate to others that their bodies can change and heal through a dedicated practice, even if that practice begins as one class a week and that we don’t need to age and suffer in the way many people do. I am always inspired to see the transformation of students as they develop their yoga practice, to see their bodies strengthen and become more flexible, to watch their stress levels and anxiety diminish, their minds calm down and begin to find some peace and see self-esteem improve.
My goal is not just to help people develop their yoga practice, it is to help them develop the discipline and focus to create the lives they aspire to and to work on being an example of this. Yoga and yoga philosophy offers and opportunity for people to grow at their own pace and in their own time and I feel privileged to be a part of that journey.
Since early years I’ve been interested in philosophy and cultures of Asian countries, especially India. I admired their belief that a person exists on many different levels – physical, intellectual, energetic etc. That’s why I started exploring those healing systems that would have a holistic approach and worked on the whole personality, rather than just parts of physical body, like in fitness or sports. I fell in love with yoga for its ancient wisdom and spirituality. In 2005 I was lucky to meet my first spiritual teacher, who shared this precious knowledge with me and gave me very good basics for further personal development. Thus, my yoga practice started not with visiting of group classes in studios, but with exploration of my body and mind through a personal practice, studying yoga literature and getting inspiration from my teachers.
Practising regularly, I started feeling positive influence of yoga on all aspects of my life: my immune system has strengthened (I rarely get ill even with a common cold), my mind became more focused and overall level of happiness and satisfaction increased.
Since 2005 I’ve taken numerous courses in hatha yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and other relaxation techniques in international yoga centres in India, Germany, France and Poland. I have eight years of teaching experience and certifications of the European Yoga Alliance (2010), The Art of Living Foundation (2010) and the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (2012). I am also registered by Yoga Australia Association as Level 2 (senior) yoga instructor.
I am very passionate about yoga and healthy lifestyle and I love sharing this precious knowledge with other people. As a Musculoskeletal Therapist, I have a deep understanding of body anatomy and possible functional impairments. I lead mostly relaxing classes with emphasis on holistic, therapeutic approach and individual needs of my students. My classes include: therapeutic yoga, vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, breathing practice (pranayama), deep relaxation (yoga nidra), and guided meditations.
I am very passionate about yoga and healthy lifestyle and I love sharing this precious knowledge with other people. I lead mostly relaxing classes with emphasis on holistic approach and individual needs of my students. Apart from hatha yoga classes I lead deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and guided meditations.
I’m currently studying Musculoskeletal Therapy in order to deepen my knowledge of yoga with profound understanding of human physiology and master advanced manual therapy techniques. I believe that combining manual therapy treatment and yoga, as a movement therapy, will allow me to help people on many different levels.
Kathie has been practicing yoga since 2008. She started at a university gym where her first teacher was well into her 80s. “Very quickly I realised there is something very special about yoga, I noticed both a mental and physical benefit to the practice”. When she teaches she likes to incorporate longer holds in her flows, giving one time to feel into their alignment. She also aims to teach the importance of breath to move and align the body and calm the mind. Kathie is experience in a number of yoga styles, which she weaves into her classes to complement the needs of the students. These include ashtanga, hatha, vinyasa, and yin. Kathie also has a PhD in psychology and has been trained to make her classes trauma aware. This means the classes are facilitated in a way that encourages individuals to develop a sense of empowerment in their practice and where space for meditation is supported.
Overall, she aims to hold space as people build both mental and physical focus, and dive deeply into self-discovery.
Patricia found the path to yoga to rehabilitate previous injuries in 2004 and embodied its healing power.
Patricia transitioned from the world of IT support to teaching yoga over the length of 12 years while studying under Kate Pell, Chantalah Webster-Tight, Nathan Tight, Julie Smerdon, Flo Fenton, Noah Maze, Simon Borg-Oliver, Betsey Downing, Param Satya and BJ Galvan.
She incorporates the influence of Iyengar, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow and Core Yoga into her teaching style.