I am the founder of purebalance Yoga and began practicing Astanga yoga in 2008 with Lewanna Janine Newman. I am ever grateful to Lewanna for introducing me to Astanga yoga. I fell in love with the practice instantly! I came from a very physically active background, having played basketball at a state league level and always doing some form of exercise. Even my degree was a Bachelor of Science with Sports Science and Nutrition as my double majors and consequently became an outdoor personal trainer and also worked for a physiotherapy clinic in the rehabilitation of motor vehicle and work related accident patients. My initial views on yoga was that it was for hippies and that people would just sit or lie down on a yoga mat most of the time. Oh how wrong I was! I would attend Lewanna’s classes and I would also practice at home so I became more familiar with the sequence. For the first year or so it was very much a physical practice for me. There was so much to think about in every posture, and having had no experience in yoga or meditation before, I was finding it very difficult to connect the mind with the body. Your body sends you warning signals when something isn’t right. Looking back on it now, a lot of injuries that I have had in my yoga practice (not including bad adjustments), my body was warning me on that day but I wasn’t paying attention and thus became injured.
From Lewanna’s classes I was in search for more and stumbled across The Yoga Space in West Perth. I attended a workshop knew that this was the next place for me in my yoga journey. It is here that I decided to undergo the Level 1 Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training course. The course is very intense and thorough, with numerous hours attending workshops, classes to not only practice in but assist and teach as well, and then all the assignments on top of that too! It is nationally recognised and I am a registered member of Yoga Australia. I wanted to do the course for two reasons; the first being that I wanted to continue to embark on my yoga journey. I wanted to know what peace and clarity was, not just on my yoga mat every morning, but off the mat as well. I wanted to connect my body with my mind and read the signals it was sending me. The second reason is because I wanted to teach others yoga and how life changing it can potentially be. All you need is dedication. As said by Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga yoga ‘Everyone can do yoga, only lazy people can’t do yoga’.
Yoga is my life. Since I began practicing yoga, I have been through some hard times; the continuous cycle of life that goes up and down. If it wasn’t for my practice and I wouldn’t be where I am today. Sometimes, yoga isn’t about the physical practice itself. Sometimes, it is simply just lying down on your mat, tuning in to how you are feeling, and just letting your body be. My teachers have nurtured me in my yoga journey, whilst at the same time encouraged me to step over the boundaries my mind had set in place. It is this way of teaching that I will be bringing to you. Every practitioner is a student of yoga. It is a journey, a lifelong journey that I am excited to be sharing with you.