My mission is to guide and inspire you to get into the best shape of your life. I am dedicated to the genuine practice and authentic teachings of Ashtanga Yoga as taught to me by my Guru, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. I believe that anyone can get healthy and fit with a regular program of yoga and good nutrition and achieve personal transformation and self-mastery.
It is amazing to me how seemingly separate things can come together.
I finished school, went to university and studied Commerce (accounting and finance). It took me six months working in a bank to realise that lifestyle wasn't for me. What then looked like a waste of time now presents as gratitude in having some business understanding, an understanding of what drives our economy and being able to have discussions with my husband who happens to work in that industry.
While working in the concrete jungle I realised I wanted to be outside and working with people. I spent a couple of years feeding my adventurous spirit skiing, camping, bushwalking, rock climbing, and filling spare time in with different jobs. Eventually I found work as an Outdoor Educator and Corporate Trainer and loved this for the next 5 years or so until I burnt out with exhaustion from back to back trips. Today, I value all those skills I picked up along the way, and love to share these with my children. Children have a innate curiosity with the natural environment and they love to explore. It gives me great joy that I can share this with my own.
From Outdoor Education I moved to working in a retail store that sold all that wonderful outdoor equipment. It gave me rest, but still kept the adventure alive. There were still lots of trips camping, skiing, ski touring, and rock climbing. Sometime later I once again found myself working outside, this time in the field of Bush Restoration and Regeneration. Working close to the soil I find very grounding and I am keenly interested in preserving our natural environment.
It was while I was working in Bush regeneration that I first started practicing yoga asana, (though I had discovered yoga philosophy years before while I was in my outdoor education phase). I started assisting in a busy Sydney yoga studio and that lead to the next stage that continues to this day. I have been privileged with going to India 3 times to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Other wonderful teachers I have studied with include Sharath Rangaswamy, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Graham Northfield, and other non ashtanga teachers- Simon Borg-Olivier, Donna Farhi, Clive Sheridan and Shandor Remete. I have run workshops and retreats both here and overseas.
I love the exploration and adventure I have with myself through the practice and giving people tools to do the same. Now, I live on the Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. We have space to grow our fruit and vegetables and enjoy the birds, bush and beach. I am incredibly grateful that all these can come together and I can share them with my husband and children. I find time to practice Ashtanga yoga regularly. It helps to keep my mind and body strong and flexible. I am grateful to be teaching. Teaching is important to me in that it connects me to a message much larger than myself and helps to put everyday life into perspective. Students also, play an important part in keeping that learning alive for me.