Like so many yoga practitioners, I find the human body and mind to be sources of intense curiosity and wonder. I'm fortunate because my passions and work coincide – I teach Iyengar Yoga, I teach anatomy and physiology to yoga teachers and other body workers in NZ and abroad, and I help people with injuries or medical conditions through the therapeutic application of yoga.
Yoga first became part of my life back in the 1970s.
In the 1990s, I was awarded my Introductory Teaching Certificate by the Iyengar Yoga Association of NZ (http://iyengar-yoga.org.nz/
) and a few years later, I gained my Junior Intermediate 1 Certificate. Through the years, I have been inspired and nourished by local and visiting senior Iyengar teachers, including Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti, and Rosie Holland. And I have benefited immensely from studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, the 'home' of Iyengar Yoga. There, I had the great privilege of learning at the very feet of members of the Iyengar family and community.
I bring my years of experience as a tutor of anatomy and physiology to each class and recently, I widened my knowledge base, completing the 3-year "Iyengar Yoga Therapy" course with Stephanie Quirk. In 2017, Ms Quirk came to Nelson, and I was able to reinforce my learning about therapeutics to better support students on their yoga path.
Known for its focus on precision, alignment, sequencing, and the use of simple props, Iyengar Yoga is adaptable for people of any age, of any body type, or with limitations of some sort. It builds strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and – just as importantly – awareness and equanimity.