When did you start Yoga and why?
I started practising Bikram yoga in Oct 2012. I’d heard through a friend that it was a great way get into great shape. I grew up in the tropics of North Queensland and I’d always kept fairly active and fit, so I thought “Yoga in a heated room? Piece of cake!” boy was I wrong! It was challenging, it was dynamic, it was hard, really hard and it was hot, really hot! But I loved it. I walked out of my first class feeling absolutely incredible knowing I’d be back the very next day.
As my practise became more consistent, I couldn’t help but notice the benefits that I was gaining from my time in the hot room, strength and endurance, both physically and mentally. My discipline, determination, and self-confidence all began to flourish, not only in the hot room, but in all other areas of my life – I was hooked.
What made you decide to become a Yoga teacher and when did you graduate?
I had always felt that the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” had never gone away. I had a vast array of interests, skills and talents that never quite felt at home. I had indeed found places where they had soared, but I’d never landed in a place where my heart soared.
I remember doing my first 30 day challenge and thinking to myself; I can really see myself doing this for the rest of my life. There’s such profundity to be found within this practise. I wanted to share the things I’d experienced with anyone who was willing. I thought to myself – I’ll become a teacher one day!!
That one day came in 2014, I’d just transferred from the Gold Coast to Sydney and after “celebrating” my 8th year of working in banking, with almost half a life lived and not necessarily savoured, I knew I needed to make a change, to start living a life I was more passionate about. I looked up the next Teacher Training and within 3 months I’d taken that leap of faith and was on a plane to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. I completed my training in November 2014. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life.
How has Yoga changed your life?
Although there are still those days in the hot room that I absolutely struggle, I LOVE it, not once have I ever finished a class and thought “gee, that was a bad idea”. It has changed my life for the better, it has opened my heart and my mind and continues to give me so much.
I love that this Yoga is for everyone, it doesn’t discriminate. It’s a total mind, body and soul work out. You confront yourself in the mirror every day and before you know it, you really start to discover who you are and learn to love yourself from the inside out, just as we should! I am forever grateful that I get to share this gift and witness others on their journeys – it really does make my heart soar.
What is something non related to Yoga that you are proud of?
My beautiful friends and family, and of course my dog, Charlie, my constant reminder of unconditional love.