I am a C-AYT yoga therapist. I obtained my first 200 hr. certificate from Ashtanga Yoga Victoria in May, 2018, my second 200 hr certificate from Solstice Yoga in San Agustinillo, Mexico in November, 2019, my 500 hr certificate from Ajna Yoga in Victoria in October 2020 and my 800 hr Yoga Therapy Diploma from Ajna Yoga in Victoria in October, 2020.
I have practiced yoga for much of my life, beginning by practicing from a book as a teenager and then starting formal classes at 30. I practiced Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram yoga as well as yin yoga for many years. While being blessed with excellent health myself, I have always been fascinated with the human body and how it works. I used to puzzle over questions such as why older people lost their mobility, why soccer players tended to have so many recurring knee injuries and why lower back pain was so common. I travelled to attend anatomy and yoga seminars with world renowned teachers. I learned a lot about the human body but still didn’t have answers to my questions.
After doing my first teacher training, I taught yoga only briefly as I soon realized I didn’t want to be guiding students through poses when they were having difficulty with basic movements such as hingeing at the hips. I had no idea how to teach students how to do these basic movements. I had basically given up on the idea of teaching when I decided to go to Solstice Yoga to learn about the Back Mitra. The only training that fit my schedule was a teacher training. I was entranced by the Back Mitra and its ability to heal and strengthen the spine. Upon my return home, I was drawn to the Yoga Therapy program at Ajna where I was introduced to even more methods to improve posture and mobility in the body. I felt like I finally had the theory and tools I was looking for and was inspired finally to teach and share my knowledge with others.