What’s crazy about my yoga journey is that I never intentionally set out on a yogic path. My mom was a yoga teacher while I was in high school, but growing up I almost shunned the practice because it’s what “Mom did.” I only succumbed to my first class because it was a high school graduation gift and I felt bad saying no. I will never forget coming out of that studio, feeling yoga stoned, and asking my mom if it always felt like this. I now know it does.
It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles almost 10 years later that I felt the pull of a meaningful yoga practice. Without knowing anything about the spiritual or philosophical side of yoga, I ramped up my asana practice and began to feel a shift just from this dedication of getting on my mat. Even moving overseas didn’t deter my asana sessions. I moved to Australia in 2012 with one bag, a computer and a DVD box set of yoga videos to keep me busy. I honestly hadn’t ever considered the deep connection between yoga as I knew it (Asana only) and the deeper psychological intelligence and emotional study that the practice makes available.
Fortunately, I got a taste of this well rounded yoga approach when I discovered Power Living and I was intrigued…so intrigued that the itch to learn more was too strong to stay away. I signed up for my 200hr teacher training course simply to learn more, dig deeper and to find out if there truly was a connection. I never had the intention of actually being a yoga teacher, but the universe clearly had a different plan.
How would you best friend describe you?
CHEEKY. Constantly chatting up someone and making plans to go out for dinner or coffee.
What is your favourite book or movie?
The Big Lebowski. The Dude Abides.
What does the term modern yogi mean to you?
To be a modern yogi is to be mindful and willing to study yourself with the goal of deeper compassion and understanding. Not doing handstands.