Evelyn is a yoga teacher with a focus on using yoga in a therapeutic context to address physical ailments and restoring and maintaining health. She has been practicing yoga since 2006 and teaching since 2011.
Evelyn grew up in Germany and moved to the USA to undertake her postgraduate studies. After completing her PhD in Earth Sciences she moved to Australia in 2000 to pursue her scientific career with CSIRO in soil carbon research.
Evelyn has always lived a physically active life through her passions for rock-climbing, running and cycling; as such, her first interaction with yoga was centred on practicing asana. Her practice quickly evolved through the inspiration of her first teacher Karen Gunter (Yoga Garage) and then Youngblood and Simi Roche (Adelaide Ashtanga Yoga Shala).
A series of injuries and accidents in 2010 and 2011 forced Evelyn to review how she practiced yoga and for what purpose. At this time, she attended a Yoga Anatomy and Kinesiology Workshop by Noah Mckenna (Sukhashanti Yoga). This was a serendipitous meeting of energies as his teachings of yoga asana strongly connected with Evelyn’s scientific approach on how to use yoga postures to not only improve strength and flexibility but to heal and rehabilitate chronic and acute injuries.
Encouraged by Noah’s deep knowledge and experience as both a yoga teacher and medical practitioner, Evelyn took long service leave in 2011 to spend time in Mysore, India, undertaking her yoga teacher training with Noah. With a focus on learning, practicing and teaching the full 8 Limbs of Yoga for its therapeutic benefits, Evelyn continues to undertake detailed yoga anatomy studies to enhance her ability to individually assess and assist each yoga aspirant.
Evelyn’s practice and teachings today include the dynamics she enjoys from her Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as popularised by K. Pattabhi Jois, whilst also carefully incorporating the hatha vinyasa sequence that Noah specifically created for slowly leading the student to more advanced poses without incurring pain or injury (“Sukhashanti Yoga”). Evelyn’s teachings reflect her understanding of yoga as a modern therapeutic science and an ancient spiritual system as a catalyst for personal and community transformation. Since August 2012, she has dedicated her time fully to yoga practice and teaching. Evelyn is a member of Yoga Australia and the Yoga Teacher Association of South Australia.