Our stories connect us through our vulnerabilities
I am a life-long student of yoga where the obtaining of knowledge is an endless ocean of wisdom! Yoga is an ancient practice that began for me as a purely physical practice in a local yoga class which, at that time, seemed to provide me some real relief from a condition I was diagnosed with called complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I spent 13 years as a police officer and specialised in crime scene investigation. Needless to say, I have bore witness to the dark side of humanity. However, for me policing had been a strong calling, a passion and a purpose in my karma that I was meant to do for a while at least. I am proud and honour that time in my life. However my body reminded me I am merely human and can only, on many levels, endure so much exposure to trauma.
We all have a similar story that leads us to yoga, and we are all worthy of living our lives with joy. We can use our life experiences as lessons toward a deeper connection to understanding ourselves through the paths of yoga available to us.
A lot of people have a misconception that yoga teachers have it all together, living a life of peace and inner bliss, perched upon meditation cushions in stillness for hours at a time, have strong slim bodies that effortlessly bend into beautiful poses worthy of being on the cover of magazines. Well I'm glad to reveal that for the majority, this is not the case. It is often life's adversities that lead us deeper along the yogic path towards teacher trainings and workshops with those who have wisdom to share.
My curiosity to the workings of yoga that I experienced led me toward a deeper study with various teachers in Australia and India including Mark Togni of Gold Coast Yoga Centre, Tammy Williams of Yoga NRG Sunshine Coast QLD, workshops with Bryan Kest, Santa Monica USA, Simon Borg-Olivier, Sydney, pre & postnatal yoga studies with Anna Davies and the Bliss Baby team at Bryon Bay NSW, Heather Agnew of Trinity Yoga based in Canberra, Gopala Yaffa of Rainbow Kids Yoga, Krishna Sikhwal & Deepa Lakhyani Rishikesh Yog Peeth, Rishikesh India and Sarah Owens, Sydney NSW. Throughout 2017 and continuing in 2018, I am also undergoing my graduate certificate in Yoga Therapy with Enlightened Events studying with highly experienced teachers such as Kaye Tribe, Sal Flynn, Louise Godfrey and Annette Loudon.
The benefits of yoga go far beyond the physical and the effects are different for every body. For me, yoga opened a new doorway to healing and gratitude for life. Now I experience joy in sharing my ever growing and expanding knowledge of the ancient yogic practices with others toward enhancing an overall sense of wellbeing.
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured". B.K.S Iyengar