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 children. 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 ~
I have been a dedicated practitioner of yoga for around 20 years within the Iyengar method. I gained my first general yoga teaching certification in 2005 with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), and then went on to complete teacher training with Iyengar senior teachers, Alan Goode in 2005/6 and then Darrin McNally in 2011/12. I gained my Introductory Level 2 Iyengar teaching certification in 2015. I continue to practice regularly with senior Iyengar yoga teachers to continue to learn and grow in my yoga practice. My journey with teaching yoga is one that I have moved in and out of since 2005 but the practice of yoga has been and continues to be a consistent feature that has supported me during all periods of my life. Outside of yoga I work as a mental health social worker.
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.
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.
“Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.” Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois
Yoga crossed my path for the first time in 2006 in Singapore, in one of those massive gyms. In 2008, I moved to Egypt to a little town void of yoga teachers, trading my multinational banking career for a job in scuba diving. I soon realised I couldn’t do without yoga and started a self-practice group with a bunch of friends. You could say that that was the beginning of my passion for teaching yoga. After completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training in India in 2013, I switched jobs again and have been teaching yoga ever since.
Blessed to be able to share my love for yoga in South Australia during the warmer months, I escape overseas for the rest of the year. I spend a few months a year in Bali running yoga teacher trainings.
As a true multistyle teacher and practitioner, Ashtanga is my first love but can’t do without a good dose of Yin. Hatha and Vinyasa are no strangers either. I enjoy practicing and teaching all these wonderful variations of yoga asana and integrate meditation and pranayama into my classes as well. To me, they are all essential components of the practice.
My belief is that no one size fits all. An appropriate yoga practice exists for each person, each situation, each need and I aim to bring that across with a down-to-earth and authentic approach.