When I first went to a yoga class 20 years ago I didn’t realise that it would become the focal point of my life. Forever a student, I love looking for new ways to understand and experience this practice. As a teacher, I encourage others to use yoga for self acceptance, to find strength physically, and to have fun along the way. In 2010 I began the journey of in depth study with Katie Lane, my teacher and mentor over many years. In April 2017 I graduated from the 300 HR Advanced Teacher Training with Noah Maze, giving me the 500 HR RYT certification. My classes combine creative sequencing, safe alignment, and a spirit of playfulness to energise and uplift. My restorative classes offer a calming, breath based, soulful exploration to ground and soothe. As an educator I love sharing my experience and passion for yoga, and I spent several years as a Travel and Tourism tutor. In 2016 I bought the studio I call home and am honoured to share this leadership role with Cara Butler. Over the last 2 years I have followed my interest and in part out of necessity, yoga as a therapeutic practice. Using it for my own injury recovery and supporting others with needs beyond a group class.
Title (Session 1) - Don’t despair the tear. How a hip labral tear has informed my practice, teaching and changed my life.
How a hip labral tear has informed my practice, teaching and changed my life. The last 18 months have been exquisite, devastating and informative in equal measure. This is the journey from bedridden and devastated to at peace and looking at yoga in a whole new way.
In this session I will share how an injury affects the individual (physical and emotional), and how it affects us professionally in the body movement industry.
so we can make informed choices in our yoga practice/physical movement classes.
Together we'll explore the industry expectations and personal responsibilities as well as different teaching considerations and the role of language. Can I still teach if I cannot do? Being your authentic self and sharing your story to support students by keeping it real can educate and inspire others. Skillful sequencing and planning, use of left side demonstrating, student demonstrations and using visualisation as a tool of tantra are all ways to continue your teaching journey through personal injury.
- Learn about the anatomy of the hip.
- Learn what a labral hip tear is.
- Understand external rotation and deep hip flexion.
- Discover how much repeated deep hip movements we doing in yoga/gym.
- Learn about poses that would indicate higher “risk” movements that can cause labral tears. (It happened in a yoga pose!)
- Learn what signs to look for in a students body.
- To surgery or not to surgery?
- Learn hip friendly choices and modifications for a yoga class.
Title (Session 2) - Seniors Yoga - create classes for specific needs and grow your business
In this session I will share with you an overview of the process we went through for becoming certified to deliver ACC accredited Strength and Balance classes in our Yoga community. Getting certified to be a Strength and Balance class provider involves a few hoops to go through however, ACC supported us through creating a replicable Strength and Balance program which gave our studio a new demographic of Yoga students.
There are special considerations when making a Yoga practice accessible and empowering to seniors. It can be quite a broad demographic with everything from an active and fit 65+ year old to someone who has no movement practice at all - so we'll cover ways you can test, plan and prepare for that. The session will also include a brief overview of Osteoporosis and poses that are contraindicated given a large percentage of attendees will either knowingly or unknowingly have the precursors and or existing conditions.
- How to deliver a mixed level class with more challenge for progression.
- Learn how to balance test and incorporate that into the class.
- Marketing tips for getting your message to the people that need to receive it.
- Learn why creating community is more than just movement.
- Discover key props, and sequence considerations for this program.
- Understand more about the capacity to get students to the floor.
- Understand the use of chair yoga.
- Learn how to structure pricing in a studio environment so it doesn't conflict with existing class passes and unlimited packages.
- Understand why the mindfulness part of yoga matters.