My first true introduction to yoga was in 2007 after a somewhat challenging, but in the end enlightening year. It was at this time I realised how critical a work/life balance is and that a prestigious job and money doesn’t necessarily equal happiness. Always a keen athlete, I found my high paced ‘work outs’ were not achieving the balance I required. It was through yoga that I began to understand that I needed to slow my mind down to my bodies pace rather then constantly bringing my body up to my minds pace. Unknowingly, Yoga opened an amazing journey for me and an amazing way to manage my anxiety which had long plagued my mental health.
It was during my first pregnancy that I started to incorporate a daily practice into my life and although I had toyed with the idea, it was not until after my second pregnancy and son was born that I decided to throw caution to the wind, stop waiting for the perfect time to study and ‘just do it’. What an amazing opportunity studying with YIMI turned out to be. I realised that I had only ever touched on what yoga truly is and through my studies began to shine some light on what my practice could offer me and in turn I could offer others.
Post graduating my 350hr teacher training I began organising myself hoping to offer teaching services in my local community. Finally late last year ‘Free 2 Be Yoga’ was off the ground and running Saturday classes at Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve. In conjunction with this I have also been teaching through a wellness program offered at my work place within the University of Queensland. I love that this program gives the opportunity to my fellow collages and desk junkies to move, breath and take some much needed time away from their workstations.
Of course my own studies are only just beginning. I hope to take further study in Pre/Postnatal Yoga and possibly other women’s specific issue. Bringing yoga to expectant and new mothers and helping them to connect with not only their own, but also their babies mind, body and spirit is a passion I hope to be able to pursue in the near future.