Name: Fiona Scicluna
Role: Adelaide Studio Manager & Senior Facilitator
As a fitness fanatic and once professional dancer, Fiona Scicluna was excited to find yoga – a practice where she could sweat, stretch, burn a few calories and get some Zen time. Well that was 12 years ago, and along with her daily meditation practice, Fiona believes both have positively changed every aspect of her life.
Coming from an industry known for its ruthlessness and competitive nature, yoga allowed Fiona to re-connect, remain grounded, and invite more compassion into her life. “Yoga has allowed me to find a sense of calm on and beyond my mat, and finally embrace my true self. Whether falling over on my mat or off of my surfboard, I love that I can let go of the idea of perfection, and just enjoy playing.”
Fiona’s journey in the dance world started as a passion and soon developed into a successful career spanning 15 years and four continents. Fiona has taken her skills as a trained dancer, children’s entertainer, and dance and fitness instructor to Germany, London, India and around Australia.
After living and working in the UK for 4 years, Fiona decided to return home to Australia. For the past 6-years she has been running her own business – Livelyhood – a performance program encouraging kids across Sydney to be healthy, active and happy. Fiona is also actively involved with Red Dust Role Models – a health promotion organisation that delivers innovative health promotion programs to some of Australia’s most remote communities.
Fiona completed her 200-hour teaching training with Power Living in 2014, and will complete her Yin teacher training with Sarah Powers at the end of the year. Along with her vast experience as a dance teacher, she hopes to draw on her vast life experience to deliver classes filled with vibrancy and fun, and at the same time allowing her students to reconnect and get grounded.
Getting to know the crew:
What is your favourite Asana posture? Why?
Natarajasana (Dancers Pose). I used to really struggle with this pose, as a dancer I thought that if any pose, this is the one I should be able to ‘try’ and make ‘look good’. Until I learnt (and still learning) to let go of control, did it actually feel good and did I start to finally open my heart.
Share with us a life turning point and the favourite lesson learnt?
My Nannu (Maltese for Grandfather), once said to be ‘Don’t to be too Proud’. It was in relation to my current job at that time, and it simply wasn’t working. I kept pushing and trying to make it work and he said to me that there is nothing wrong when something doesn’t work. Don’t hold onto it because of pride, sometimes you just have to let things go.
What sound do you love?
Water: the rain, the ocean, crashing waves….especially on rainy day sleep-ins or Nanna Naps.