Working as a carpenter eventually took it’s toll on Sean’s physical body. Sean turned to yoga to help slow the degeneration, counterbalance the demanding day and to calm the mind.
Yoga is union and connection, not just to the physical, mind or breath but also to the earth and spirit. Yoga gives us the tools to keep building these connections and in turn to enjoy life. You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga, in reality the aim is on the process to reach the posture physically, mentally and spiritually. Classes focus on strengthening and lengthening poses, moving with the breath and building heat strength with a strong emphasis on alignment.
Observing positive changes to the body, observing positive changes to the mind, having the patience to know where you’re at and where you want to be, and knowing you’ll get there in your own time is key to yoga practice.
Anna’s journey to yoga began in dance class at 5 years of age. Fifteen years later, after making the difficult decision not to pursue dance professionally and embarking on a trip to India,
Anna decided to combine her love of Eastern philosophy with her desire to express herself through the enjoyment of simply feeling the power and subtlety of the human body. Anna studied Australian Yoga Academy’s 500hr Advanced Diploma of Yoga Instructing and has a degree majoring in philosophy. In 2015 she spent two and a half months working as a yoga hiking guide in Yosemite National Park, California with the not-for-profit organisation Balanced Rock. Anna’s fundamental goal in teaching is to bring her students into a state of Sthiram Sukham Asanam – a delicate balance of effort and ease where the student is truly present and alive. She aims to use philosophy as a weapon of stealth to promote a light-hearted and positive approach life.
Jemma is a yoga teacher who incorporates beautiful Vedic philosophy and stories into her flowing yoga class.
India is her second home, and it is here that she first studied yoga and Sanskrit. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Sanskrit at La Trobe University with a focus on translating the enchanting stories of the Srimad Bhagavatam and other key yoga texts. It is from this platform that she teaches, seeing all the branches of the yoga system as feeding into a central understanding. Jemma has no problem with the lycra-clad yoga fad, but personally she wishes to take her students beyond this superficial beginning and help them to situate themselves in an eternal spiritual practice.
A lifelong fascination with anatomy, neuroscience and meditation have given Grace Darling a unique viewpoint
Yoga is a way to Unity for Sean. – Unity of mind, body & spirit. He came to the practice after along hiatus from competitive sport and as a means to calming an ever-distracted mind. His practice is now a continual exploration into balancing the three key essences of being – the Body, the Mind and the Breath (spirit).
Sean believes Yoga to be for everybody no matter what style you choose. Having practiced across the Hatha, Ashtanga and Powerflow styles over the last 5 years has cultivated in him a strong body / alignment awareness and deep respect for the learning and benefits to come from a committed meditation and Pranayama practice.
Annabel approaches the yoga practice as a playground to explore our edges, encouraging compassionate self-enquiry to expand our boundaries. She believes the lessons we learn on the mat carry over into all aspects of our lives. Annabel began her teacher training in the satyanda style of hatha yoga in India, and has since undertaken advanced embodied flow training with Tara Judelle. Her classes are creative and fluid, blending together a beautiful balance of challenge and calm. They encourage self-awareness and connection through breath based movement, weaving in aspects of philosophy and meditation.
Growing up on the island of North Borneo, Stephanie has enriched her life with experiences that stimulateones being in the world. The journey of Yoga started for her back in 2009, and the transformation and growth that followed lead her practice to more deeper and holistic connections, influencing every aspect of her life. Hoping to impart this ability to transform mind and body through yoga, she started teaching Vinyasa and Hatha classes at an MMA gym in Camberwell. Her journey has now brought her to North Yoga, a place where she can impart what she has learnt and experienced to others whilst being a catalyst for personal change.