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 to explore 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 practice. 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 to feel positive influence of yoga on all aspects of my life: my immune system has strengthened (I rarely get ill even with common cold), my mind became more focused and overall level of happiness and satisfaction increased.
For the past 11 years 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 five 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 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.