My inspirations

I am grateful for the guidance & inspiration I have received, and continue to receive, from many wonderful teachers.

My brother Peter introduced me to the practice of yoga, and was my first teacher and trainer. My two year apprenticeship with Peter was in the Iyengar style. The alignment principles that are emphasised in this well-known practice have stood me in good stead, and have created a sound basis for my continued investigations. Over the years my practice has been strengthened and inspired by many other wonderful teachers including Nicky Knoff, Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater, Twee Merrigan, Simon Borg-Olivier, Kausthub Desikachar and Ruth Diggins.

Donna’s teaching opened a doorway into a more intuitive practice, in which my body was encouraged to find its own wisdom. Her very feminine approach provided a balance to the linear alignment of the Iyengar method.

Judith and Simon both have a deep understanding of the Iyengar tradition. They are both also qualified Physiotherapists, and therefore bring a Western perspective to this ancient wisdom, and another dimension to the therapeutic application of yoga. Through Judith I also discovered Restorative yoga, which has been a key practice for me in terms of letting go on many levels.

Twee brings a vibrant joy to the practice that is positively infectious, and her workshop on Chakra yoga gave me so much to play with. It inspired me to work on a more subtle level, and deepened my understanding of the very personal nature of practice. This understanding has led to a shift in my teaching, to a more open and explorative approach, in which there is more freedom to find alignment that fosters a balance between sthira and sukham (effort and ease).

Nicky’s teacher training unlocked the treasure chest of yoga philosophy, and introduced me to the joy of chanting. Kausthub’s seminars on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras have helped me to delve deeper into the various tools of yoga, including chanting, mantra and meditation.

In 2014 I completed a four year teacher training programme with the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (now SKY-yoga), under the guidance of my wonderful mentor, Ruth Diggins. I am currently enrolled in a three year Yoga Therapy Training Programme at SKY-yoga in Chennai, India.

All of my teachers have enriched my experience of yoga, and deepened my understanding of the purpose of this practice. I am grateful to every one of them for opening their hearts to me, and for offering love, guidance and friendship.

Many other people inspire and support me on my yoga journey. They include Wellington meditation teacher Peter Fernando, and Nelson based yoga teacher Sam Loe.

I have had the great pleasure of co-hosting yoga & meditation workshops with Peter Fernando. His friendship, teaching style and gentle encouragement have helped me to find a more holistic approach to practicing and teaching yoga.

Sam Loe’s unconditional friendship has given me the strength to work through some difficult transitions in my personal and professional life in recent years. I value our regular ‘yoga chats’ as an important part of my learning process. Sam’s ability to listen and communicate from her heart inspire me to follow mine more closely.