Name: Phillippa Gorwood
Phillippa first came to find yoga whilst living a hectic life in London in her early 20’s, she was practicing Iyengar yoga at a local gym and loved how calm and at ease the practice made her feel at a time when she was struggling to find her way in the world. In 2011, Phillippa began practicing hot yoga every day and, in 2013, returned from a 9 week intensive training with Bikram Choudhury in LA and her teaching journey began from LA, then Mexico and finally Darlinghurst, Sydney. Since then, Phillippa has trained with Trimurti Yoga School in India, Noah Maze, Simon Borg Olivier, Ana Davis and Dr Scott Lyons. With a deep interest in anatomy and alignment, Phillippa likes to teach a blend of strong, creative flow sequences with slow, mindful and intentional movement, guiding students to challenge the many perceived limitations we often set for ourselves on the mat and in our lives. Phillippa is passionate about helping students to access the mind body connection using pranayama, asana and meditation practices to build awareness of our thoughts and emotions and how they manifest into our physicality. Having just returned from a break after bringing her baby girl into the world, Phillippa is excited to share, grow and learn together as a family and a community.
Getting to know the crew:
What is your favourite Asana posture? Why?
Backbends – mainly Urdhva Dhanurasana – That profound feeling of energy shifting when releasing from a strong backbend and the balance of strength and flexibility to work into the pose feels like a cathartic release from all of the forward flexion we do in our daily lives. Opening the lungs and chest allows me to feel my breath more deeply.
Share with us a life turning point and the favourite lesson learnt?
The journey of pregnancy and the birth of my daughter – I learnt that I am strong beyond measure and capable of so much more than I think. To truly trust the process, let go of control and perfectionism and love so deeply it hurts.
What’s the best part of being in the PLAY community?
Being surrounded by like minded souls who are passionate about raising their own vibration and lifting each other up.