In 1998, after being inspired by Madonna’s yoga bug, I attended yoga classes for three or four years, on and off. My life changed in 2006 when I went to a studio in Kilmore Street. It was HOT, the hardest thing I had ever physically done, I lay down on the mat for 20 minutes during my first class and thought I was going to die. When I got home afterwards, had showered and eaten, I felt as high as a kite! I was bouncing off the walls. This yoga thing is a drug-free trip! My yoga addiction had begun.
Greta, Jess and Victoria taught me. Over four years there, this yoga gig seemed to be agreeing with me, my mental stability, focus, determination, and patience were improving and the emotional wellbeing that it brought me was a welcome relief! I learned that even though we teach yoga, we are always students learning.
I feel so privileged to have been on board right from the opening of Flow Hot Yoga, on the front desk. The girls have worked so hard to make Flow what it is and I feel very honoured to be a part of the really fantastic team at Flow. I love it; it’s like a sanctuary, a warm haven.
In Jan 2012, I went to Donna Farhi’s advanced teacher yoga training. This was a very humbling experience for me, to find that I wasn’t even doing down dog correctly and it taught me a lot about the importance of safe and proper alignment in the body and to practice with integrity, which meant that I had to ‘back off’ from a lot of what I had previously been practicing. Kind of begin again.
I also trained in leading Laughter Yoga, which I ‘fasillytated regularly, for three years.
While still being on the front desk (because I LOVE that!), I began to teach yoga at Flow in April 2012. I am at the very beginnings of teaching yoga now, with much still to learn, but I realize that as I student there is always much to learn as well. It is ever evolving. I used to say ‘I do yoga’, now I say ‘I practice yoga’.
As I am beginning as a teacher and am still very much a student, I attend to beginners in the class with care and understanding. I hope I can cheer you on, in your own continuous yoga voyage.