My Teaching Style
My style of teaching varies according to the needs/capabilities of the students.
A class should be inclusive, whether teaching a dynamic flow, or a restorative. I teach to the beginner student in the room, but always make it challenging for the more established student.
I think connection to breath is key, and that strong foundations are essential (I am a carpenter after all )
I encourage students to use asana as moving meditation, working to remain in the present. Treating ourselves with compassion, It's also really important that we have fun, and not take ourselves too seriously.
A child of the late seventies and early eighties, I grew up on the beach and in the bush around Newcastle, on the Australian East Coast, and had by all accounts a pretty great time.
In my teens and early twenties I worked as a musician (well, I worked wherever I could to support myself as a musician).. I moved to Sydney in my late twenties, playing in bands, and started working on building sites as a labourer.. And then with the patient teaching of a great friend and mentor began working in carpentry.
I started practicing yoga to help with an injury and found it actually did so much more, (including introducing me to the extraordinary woman that I married and now share my very fortunate life with).. About a year after doing my teacher training I moved To Byron Bay and shortly after began working as a teacher and then a teacher trainer, both internationally and in Byron. Aside from general class teaching with the public, I've also spent a lot of time teaching in residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes, which has taught me so much about the inclusive and transformative possibilities of yoga.
And now Sydney and Humming Puppy have called me back... I can't wait to see where the next chapter takes us!
Aims and goals for the future?
Hahaha..."if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans"... that said, I have a lot of things in my life right now that are amazing to me... so to be able to continue on this path, and be better at it.
The Ocean... Or Paris. If only Paris had a beach..
Favorite yoga posture/asana?
I begin every personal practice with Adho Mukha Virasana, for me it separates what came before with the practice. Sometimes that might be my whole practice. But also at the moment, I'm enjoying Garudasana.