My journey into yoga came after years of participating in endurance sports. In long distance running, I experienced a link between peace of mind and achieving a state of flow. In yoga however, I learnt the Art and Practise of channelling and sustaining this peace of mind, both on and off the yoga mat. This learning continues and evolves.
My Yoga Teacher Celia Roberts, from the Biomedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation in Brisbane, would always remind us as students that that Greatest Teacher lies within, if we are willing to really and truthfully Hear Ourselves.
Having completed an undergraduate in Psychology in 2005, I have an innate interest in the science of the brain and embodied experience – and this is what drew me to my undertaking my Yoga Teacher Training from a Biomedical Perspective in 2019 at BIYOME - in which the approach focuses on the connection between the Ancient Science of Yoga and the Western Biomedical Model. Fascinating is the imperative evidence being given light by recent and current scientific western research; into what the ancient Yogis have known and evolved for thousands of years.
With Celia Roberts, we predominantly learnt and practised from the Iyengar -inspired Hatha Yoga tradition and Pranayama. We were also exposed to and experienced other approaches such as the powerful and releasing effects of Kundalini yoga and the healing effects of Yin, Restorative yoga – an approach which I experience as extremely helpful in managing pain, stiffness and inflammation. I refer to it as the go-to “Athletes” and “Seniors” yoga. As part of my course, I specialised in “Trauma informed Meditation” and how the effects of meditation can literally shift the physical and neural structure of the brain, which have been informed by effects of deep-seated trauma.