I have been practicing yoga since I was a teenager. My first yoga class was in my final year of high school, to help deal with the stress I was feeling at that time. It was truly “love at first class” and the follow-on effect has been a dedicated daily self-practice, that I have kept up ever since. This practice has been the constant in my life, sustaining me through many different seasons.
Personally, yoga has supported me through thyroid cancer, surgery, treatment, recovery and remission. It has helped to keep me in balance when my body otherwise would have felt like it was failing me. It has supported me through pregnancy, childbirth and helped me to survive sleepless nights and the daily challenges that come with raising a child. It meets me when I feel energised and fit by challenging and strengthening me. It also meets me when I’m sick or exhausted by helping to gently restore my energy levels and immune system.
Yoga infuses my life with meaning. It teaches me to be quiet and trust, even if I don’t know all of the answers. It makes my body feel light, fit and healthy. It clears my mind and balances my emotions. It connects me to a higher source and purpose. It teaches me patience, surrender, humility and acceptance. It teaches me to love more fully. It teaches me to listen more carefully. It teaches me to breathe more deeply. It reminds me to pause when life feels overwhelming and to come back to what is true.
I am truly passionate about making yoga accessible to everybody, so that you can experience the greater sense of peace, joy, health and vitality that yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit.
My journey began when I attended a weekend meditation retreat way back in the ‘70s. I learned a sequence of eight hatha yoga postures and one breathing practice as preparation for meditation. For the next twenty years these simple practices sustained me through pregnancies, birthing, mothering, working and everything in between. I discovered that my daily practice was an oasis of stillness, refreshment and equanimity.
Training as a yoga teacher in 1998-99, I developed my interests in pranayama (breathing practices), vinyasa (the art of sequencing yoga postures), safe sound alignment and yoga nidra.
Further study with teachers such as Donna Farhi and Judith Hanson Lasater influenced on my teaching with emphasis on safe individualised practice and yoga as a tool for self-enquiry.
Life has brought challenging times to my doorstep such as a loved one’s terminal illness, seasons of grief, my own illness and surgeries. During these times I reached deeply into my yoga and meditation practices and gained deeper respect for their profound peace and healing.
Now, I love to adapt yoga from dynamic through to restorative styles depending on my needs and the diverse needs of my students.
~ smile, breathe, go slowly ~
As a Nutritionist and yoga teacher I love working with people to find the balance in their daily lives.
Yoga has been a big part of my own health journey as it has really helped me to reconnect with my own body and I feel honoured when I get to assist others to find this connection too.
Being a part of someone elses healing journey is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher.
My yoga fire was lit in my early twenties when living in Sydney. I was fortunate to attend classes with an amazing Iyengar teacher, Pixie Lillas. While there have been periods where I have wandered away from yoga, I have always returned with a sense of ‘coming home’.
In 2006, I completed Teacher Training with Senior Iyengar Teacher Alan Goode and have been teaching on and off since then. I continue a home practice as well as attending regular classes and workshops with Senior Teachers. I am a level 2 registered teacher with Yoga Australia and a member of the BKS Iyengar Association of Australia. I am also a social worker, mother of four wonderful children and grandmother of two beautiful boys.
The practice of yoga has given me immense benefits both physically and mentally and provided me with an oasis of peace in a busy and challenging life. Yoga is for everyone and every body and I am privileged to share my experience and knowledge with others.
I first dabbled in yoga as a teenager, but it wasn’t until around 5 years ago when I was doing my post-graduate study at university that I discovered Kristin’s classes and fell completely in love.
Yoga for me began as a practice entirely focussed on my physical body. Over the years the mental health benefits of a regular yoga practice have evidenced themselves to me time and time again. Yoga has supported me through some of the most trying times of my life and the positive impacts it extends through all aspects of my life continue to enchant me.
A dynamic vinyasa practice offers me a form of moving meditation that leaves me feeling both energised and relaxed. Gentle and restorative practices are here to meet me when I need to take more care of my self.
My daily practice is a constant, no matter where I am in the world or what else is happening in my life. It keeps me grounded and my body and mind healthy. The deep-rooted peace that yoga instils in me is what I hope to bring to my students.
My first ever yoga class was with Kristin, and I immediately fell in love with the practice. I will never forget walking out of my first class with that “yoga high”. It came to me at a time of high stress due to illness and through yoga I was able to cultivate stillness and a sense of peace in what felt like a crazy
period of my life.
I completed my Yoga Teacher Training in 2016, but have spent the last 2 years focusing on and deepening my own practise – now after travelling both overseas and interstate, I have returned to my hometown with a huge enthusiasm and focus on teaching. I would love to help you all along your journey, and find the space where you can feel safe, be still, slow the mind and open to receive, and I very much look forward to meeting and connecting with you all.
Shawna took her first yoga class in 1998 and explored various styles of yoga before training at Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in 2007.
Since then she has enjoyed learning from a range of teachers.
In 2013 she trained for 6 months, receiving a Cert IV equivalent as a breath work facilitator.
Shawna’s style of yoga is centred around guiding you inward, befriending your body, exploring sensation and connecting you to your breath.
Accessible to all levels, whether you’re a beginner or a long-time yogi you’ll stretch both body and mind leaving you feeling uplifted and expansive.