In the immortal works of Mr B.K.S Iyengar: “Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim.” My first experience on the mat was more than 20 years ago. I have changed a lot since then, and so has my yoga practice. But while the light of yoga has flickered at times, it has always survived to burn brighter.
I have returned to yoga again and again, most often through my own practice, but also with the guidance of amazing teachers including my first instructors Dianne & Peter Bison, Queenstown locals Peggy Preston & Greg Dorn, my teacher trainers Lance Schuler, Claire Priestly, and Phil Lemke, and more recently through workshops or classes with well known international teachers Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Kathryn Budig & Baron Baptiste. I have never practiced yoga without learning something, either from my teacher, myself or students. In fact, the more I learn about yoga, the less I seem to know, and the hungrier for knowledge I become.
I became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher with the goal of kindling the light for others. Helping them feel that same sense of connection to and joy in their strong healthy bodies.
Yoga can be strong or yielding, a fast flow or deep & steady, contemplative or playful. When teaching, I strive to find a balance between these poles. My teaching philosophy is expressed beautifully by Thomas Merton: ”Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”