Gaynor Stanicic, founder of Mala Yoga, has an established daily yoga practice, having practiced Ashtanga yoga for over ten years. She has been teaching yoga for seven years.
After a car accident left her with a fractured vertebrae and in a full torso plaster cast for three months, Gaynor attributes yoga as the path to her recovery, healing the physical body, rebuilding strength and creating flexibility, as well the benefits the pranayama (breathing) practice brought for easing anxiety.
"Yoga is so much a part of my life. For me it has really been the one constant, through all of lifes changes and challenges. Yoga has been so rewarding for me, I have just wanted others to experience all that it can bring, so I naturally found myself teaching. The studio evolved from wanting a space to bring people in Fremantle together to practice. Ashtanga Yoga is a solitary practice, yet you feel unity with those around you committing to the same cause. So too the community is like the mala, yoga being the common thread, the beautiful souls you meet the beads upon the thread."
Gaynor has taught classes and conducted workshops in Fremantle, the Perth metro and throughout Western Australia. She travels to Mysore India to further her own practice and enquiry with Sharath Jois and continues to develop her teaching skills. Gaynor takes the opportunity to attend classes and workshops with internationally recognised Ashtanga teachers, including Dena Kingsberg and Graeme Northfield.
Gaynor completed Yoga Alliance recognised and registered 500 hour level teacher training, and is registered with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia.