Growing up on the land in North Queensland, I have always had a strong connection to the earth. Movement was innate - exploring barefoot with my siblings, climbing trees, wading through strange waters & only coming home once it was too dark to see snakes .
Yoga came later when I moved to Sydney & was searching for connection. It's what fascinates me on a daily basis - connection to ourselves, to each other & this beautiful planet we abide.
What to expect from a class with me:
I draw on many sources to inspire my teaching: From the cycles of the moon, to a new favourite lyric or quote, expect to be drawn into your body through movement & connect deeply to your breath. I love exploring the senses to reignite this connectivity. My aim is that you leave feeling closer to yourself & the world around you.
Pose that you hope is possible in this lifetime?
Hanumanasana! The story of the monkey diety Hanuman, with his huge leap across continents, only made possible by his devotion to Lord Rama is absolutely inspiring for me. I love the mythology but it also reassures me that one day with my own practice of daily devotion (tight hamstrings & all) I will be able to sit comfortably in the full split.
Most memorable yoga experience?
The first time I met my teacher Mick Barnes. I was astounded by his own yoga journey & utterly inspired to keep walking the path I had found that makes my own soul sing. The mantra "no mud, no lotus" is so accurate! I still love to go to his classes when I can, he is now almost 60, his dharma talks are littered with profanity & his dog Frank, the staffy, naps in the Shala while we practice (& gives me a good lick after savasana). Mick propels me forward every time I spend time with him, it's a physically challenging asana practice that helps me connect deeply to my body, to open my mind.
Extra virgin olive oil! Is that guilty? It's surely one of my greatest pleasures. Or tea... All of the tea in the land ever.
Tonsai, in the South Islands of Thailand. It's just the locals & you! There are no roads, no vehicles, the only way to get there is by long boat (& only if the weather is good!) The roofs leak, there are insects galore & it's just perfect.
Favorite yoga posture/asana?
Tadasana! Be still like the mountain. I could stand all day marveling at the magic of the human body standing upright on two feet.