Mandy Habener

Coolum Beach QLD
Australia

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Hi my name is Mandy,

I'm a yoga teacher, engineer, traveller and stand up paddling instructor,
currently living on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

I had my first taste of yoga in 2007 when I attended a Body Balance class at the local gym. It's a class I will never forget, the profound ability for yoga to provide a 'work in' than a 'work out' was obvious to me from that very first class.

At the time I was working as an engineering consultant, commencing my
climb of the corporate ladder.  I was also starting my journey into triathlon, which lasted for 6 years and finished after completing two Ironman distance events.  

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a highly ambitious person; it was certainly a contributing factor to the burn out that came from simply doing too much. It was during the periods of complete exhaustion that I came to realise that yoga continually picked me up each time I felt down, without fail every time it would bring me to a better place. With this realisation came a calling to go deeper.

During 2013 I travelled to Bali on a number of occasions to recover from
intense work projects and to explore my growing uncertainty about the path that I was walking. Each time I visited Bali I'd take myself on a self guided yoga retreat. It was during one of these trips after a deep breath workshop that I felt with absolute certainty that I needed to make some big changes in my life.

A few days later I read the 'Heart of Yoga' and enrolled in a course to
become a certified Group Fitness Instructor, this was my way to test the
health and wellness path without investing a significant sum of money into yoga teacher training. Before completing that course I was certain, I wanted to become a yoga teacher. 

At the end of 2013 I returned to Bali for 200 hours of alignment based vinyasa training with YogaWorks. After that training I travelled to Chennai (India) and studied yoga therapy, philosophy and vedic chanting at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim (KYM). I then continued on to Singapore and sought formal qualifications to teach Stand Up Paddle Yoga.

The incredible year of self-discovery continued, taking me all over the world.

Once I returned to Australia I established my first business waSUP Yoga &
Fitness, I then began teaching yoga and stand up paddle boarding in East
Gippsland.

Recently I returned to India (Mysore) to undertake a further 500 hours of
yoga training (Hatha, Vinyasa and Yoga Therapy) with Bharath Shetty at
Indea Yoga.

I now find myself living on the Sunshine Coast teaching yoga from a number of different studios in the area.

Yoga is my greatest passion; I truly believe that there is a yoga practice
suitable for everyone on this planet. I see our yoga mats as the perfect
training ground for life: always inviting the opportunity for self-enquiry,
growth and transformation.

My classes can be described as playful and creative with a focus on
alignment based movement synchronised with breath. In each class I aim to provide a fun, safe and supportive environment for each student to embark on their own journey of mindful movement.

Come join me for a class and explore the benefits of this incredible practice for yourself.

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