Name: Sam Belyea
Role: Neutral Bay Studio Manager & Senior Facilitator
Sam Belyea was first introduced to yoga when her mum placed a yoga DVD on her bed, hoping it would be a way for her to slow down and calm her frayed edges. At the time Sam was drawn to the practice for its physicality but it was a much deeper resonance with its traditional teachings and philosophy that kept bringing her back to her mat. A trip to Bali in 2012 is where Sam’s love for yoga really began, lighting a spark that has only become more luminous and rich. Within a week of arriving home in Sydney she walked into Neutral Bay Power Living, a place that has become a second home for her.
Yoga has radically shifted Sam’s life and as such, Sam considers yoga to be her best teacher. Sam credits her journey with yoga that brought her out of a six-year struggle with eating disorders. As she continues to dive into the depths of the practice it only continues to expand the landscapes of her experiences, providing immense freedom of being and a blossoming of love and compassion with herself and every being around her.
Sam whole-heartedly believes in the essence of yoga and is passionate about the way it transforms on an emotional, spiritual and physical level. She felt a strong pull towards taking her Yoga Teaching Training in order to share its dimensionality with others. Since undertaking her 200-hour training with Power Living she has gone on to complete over 500 hours of training. She has continued training with Power Living in Advanced Assisting and Yin Yoga, studied with Simon Park in Prana Flow, as taught by Shiva Rea and her most recent exploration has been under Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons in Embodied Flow.
Sam likes to teach light hearted, explorative yet challenging classes which allows students to land in their breath, giving them the opportunity to break free of limited confines and expand their kinesphere of movement, awareness and ‘beingness’. Ultimately unlocking their unlimited potential and fully inhabiting a place where we are inextricably bound yet inexplicably free.
Getting to know the crew:
What is your favourite Asana posture? Why?
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – one of the foundational poses, which unassumingly requires whole body integration, every little cell of the body working together, and offering such a powerful, exhilarating and open hearted backbend. It always reminds me to be open, courageous and free.
What is your favourite colour?
Yellow – the colour of the sun, the source of life for this earth!
When you are not extending, bending and sweating what do you like to do?
Soaking up sunshine, diving into the ocean, connecting with family and friends, walking my dog and eating bananas!