Each of us has a story to share. I invite you into mine.
Psalm 139 reads “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”.
My journey to yoga began as a tired and weary primary school classroom teacher who needed time for herself. Time to think of something other than daily classroom conundrums, the never-ending to do list and time to slow down.
In 2008 I discovered the journey of yoga. I say journey as it is ever changing, no two practices are the same and along the way you meet and encounter others on their path, with their story.
For me, yoga was all about the physical practice – the asanas. They allowed me to move my stressed muscles in a way that gave me life, that challenged me and stretched my limits. I was hopeless at being still!
Yet in my restlessness, I began to discover how beautifully and wonderfully I am made. I marveled at the effect of subtle movements and the way in which my body moved and responded to yoga and to life in general.
Fast forward, ten years and I often not only enjoy mindfulness and mediation as part of my practice, I hunger for it. I’ve learnt and continue to learn to switch off, if only for a short time, those daily struggles that rise up in the stillness. I am still amazed at what I am able to do and I continue to marvel at the person I was created to be and I thank God for that.
Teacher training offered me the opportunity to explore this more fully and to share these intricacies with my students. I love sharing fun facts about the body and giving students the opportunity to discover something new and amazing about their body.
As a qualified children’s yoga teacher, I love that I now have the opportunity to share this with my students from a much younger age.
Two Worlds Collide
Along life’s journey as a classroom teacher I’ve had the most amazing opportunities to work with teachers and educators in different parts of the world – Philippines, South Africa, Timor Leste, Kiribati, Cambodia and India.
I am blessed to have had an extensive education where I learnt all about the whole person (in particular the child), the psychological, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual capabilities. In my travels I feel compelled to share this and my teaching knowledge and experience with those I encounter who thirst to build their own teaching practice.
I continue to do this today, currently working in the Philippines with teachers and educators from Manila to Surigao and a few places in between.
So what does all this have to do with yoga?
When you attend my classes, you aren’t just benefitting yourself, you are helping teachers and consequently students, around the globe who I work with. A large percentage of what I earn is spent on assisting teachers in the places I work, whether this is in the form of professional development or assistance with resources.
So as you move through a vinyasas flow, breathe through pigeon pose or rest in savasana, you are not only giving yourself time and space, you are helping out your brothers and sisters around the world with whom I work.
I guess you could say it’s a two for one deal!
- Level 1 Yoga Teacher (Yoga NRG – Tammy Williams)
- Children’s Yoga Teacher (Inspired Kids Yoga – Stacey Louise)
- Bachelor of Education – Primary
- First Aid and CPR (St John’s Ambulance)