I love the practice of yoga.
I really don't know where I would be today if it wasn't such a huge part of my life. I have been practicing yoga since I was a teenager. I went to my very first class with my Mum and have been going regularly ever since. I'll never forget my first teacher and how I felt each and every time I walked out of that yoga room... always better than when I walked in.
There was something powerful and magical about the practice. A beautiful opportunity to step away from the craziness of life and turn within. To get quiet. To listen. To breathe. To be.
I am from Sydney, Australia and have also lived and taught in beautiful Amsterdam which was home for 4 years with my husband (Ben) and where I had my first 2 home-births; our daughter Zuela and son Bowden. I recently had my 3rd home-birth, but first one here in Australia having a second boy; Rainer. I love birthing. For me they were the 3 most empowering and incredible moments of my life.
I have taught yoga, run workshops and hosted retreats throughout Europe and in England and am now back in my Mother land teaching here on Sydney's Northern Beaches and running Preparing for birth and the postnata; stage workshops.
I began my Yoga Teaching journey in 2010 when my passion for Yoga was calling me. I studied Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative with the IYTA (International Yoga Teacher's Association) in Sydney. My mentor was a Ryoho Japanese Yoga Teacher who introduced me to the power of working with meridians and organ systems. During my first pregnancy whilst living in Amsterdam I qualified in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga in London studying with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and I continued studies into Ayurveda & Yoga in the Netherlands with Tory Hyndman (a student of Dr Vasant Lad). I will forever be a student of Yoga and Ayurveda.
In a lighthearted and fun way, I use the wisdom of Ayurveda and every day life in my Yoga classes as a way for students to find balance in their lives and experience their true potential. I teach a range of styles and my classes adapt with the ever-changing seasons as they affect the way we move in our body and how the mind functions. My intention for my classes is that they are enjoyable, flowing, nourishing and accessible.
I believe that through particular yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and establishing a realistic daily routine we can keep our bodies and minds balanced, vital and healthy as we move through the seasons.
Conversations very quickly turn to pregnancy, babies and placenta's when I am around. It is my dharma to be working with women in this stage of their life. I have experienced the benefits first-hand of the use of yoga, Mizan therapy, castor oil packs and vaginal steaming to support women throughout their journey, in-particular for Pregnancy, Preparing for Birth and for the Postnatal Stage. We have lost so much sacred ceremony, love and care for women at these stages of life yet it is so important to be held, loved and nourished at this time. This is why we do what we do. And this is why we started Mother Nurtured so that we can nourish and nurture as many Women as we can.
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