Our Teachers

Getting to Know Our Teachers - Tahnee

We thought it would be fun to interview each other so you can all get to know us a little better. Introducing Tahnee...

Name:
Tahnee 

DOB:
02/10/1985

Birthplace:
Busselton, WA

What does yoga mean to you?
Everything..... It's a process of learning to know myself, and through learning to know myself, learning to know others. And learning to be still, in the body & the mind. Basically a lot of learning! ;)

What's your favourite pose?
Savasana. 

What's your favourite colour?
Sunset-sky-pastel or the colour of the ocean in Far North Queensland. I'm always stunned by the colours of the natural world.

What's your favourite animal?
Tiger. And my Labrador, Evie. 

Life-changing experience...
Travelling for the first time, learning from different cultures and being pleasantly surprised how welcoming and kind strangers can be...

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by not knowing! And the fact that the more you learn, the less you know. Also by anyone passionate about what they do. I suppose it's people who keenly feel their dharma, their path in life that inspire me.

How would you describe yourself in a nutshell?
I've been called a manifestation of light and legs! LOL.

What style of yoga do you teach?
Vinyasa and Yin Yoga - though I'm inspired by so many styles and movement disciplines and I think that shows up in my classes.

Why do you think the world needs yoga?
Any mind-body practice would be beneficial for humanity, but I think yoga takes it to the next level by encouraging the union of the mind, body & heart. Plus, if we first do no harm (Ahimsa - Yama #1), there'd be a lot less drama in the world!

How has yoga benefited you?
I'm less black and white..... It's opened me up, broken me down, turned me inside out and made me all the better for it.

What's your weakness?
Hot chips! Corn chips! And stress.

Favourite bogan slang saying?
Flat out like a lizard drinking.

What do you think the world needs more of?
Love!

Dream country to teach yoga in?
I'm happy teaching in Australia, at Yoga for All, with the occasional trip overseas to get inspired and to study. I'd love to live in India for a while...

How did you get into yoga?
Well, my mama had hilarious books from the 70's that intrigued me, I loved the lion breath as a kid! Aaahhhhh! I always stayed interested, reading, practising different styles, though I was (am?) wildly undisciplined. A friend saw potential in me to teach and for that I'm grateful.

Favourite time of day to practice?
First thing in the morning, though I'm far more flexible in the evening (which my ego prefers!).

Favourite funny movie?
Wayne's World, Encino Man

Favourite yoga book?
Currently Iyengar's Light on Yoga or Gregor Maehle's Ashtanga Yoga Practice & Philosophy or Bernie Clark's Yin Yoga...

How do you bring balance back to your life?
The beach: ocean, sun, sand. Especially sun, I think I was a plant in a past life, I photosynthesise!

Favourite song?
Urgh...maybe Hear Comes the Sun or Come Together - The Beatles?

I sat on the beach and......?
Soaked some rays...

Favourite quote?
“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
― Anaïs Nin

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss

Getting to Know Our Teachers - Meet Lyra

We thought it would be fun to interview each other so you can all get to know us a little better. Introducing Lyra...

Name:
Lyra

DOB:
27/2/1986

Birthplace:
Telgte, Germany

What does yoga mean to you?
The word yoga for me means balance.

What's you're favourite pose?
Boat pose (navasana).

What's your favourite colour?
Turquoise

What's your favourite animal?
Panther, I love the way they move!

Life-changing experience...
One life changing moment would of have to of been when I meet Misue in Amsterdam, hearing her speak about how Japanese yoga has helped her connect body, heart and mind. She is around 70 now and started yoga when she was about 26, since beginning yoga she's only been to the doctor once and that was because she fell off her bike! When she tells you this storey she's wearing a big smile on her face :-) Her story made me feel that I was on the right path :-)

Who or what inspires you?
Nature inspires me; the fact that it's so present in the moment and forever changing.

How would you describe yourself in a nutshell?
Creative, brutally honest, very alive, live by my intuition 90% if the time, and always willing to lend a helping hand.

What style of yoga do you teach?
Japanese-inspired yoga incorporating the seasons, meridians and organs with a little touch of Lyra.

Why do you think the world needs yoga?
To help us more comfortably be ourselves and to remind us how important the breath is.

How has yoga benefited you?
It has helped me learn to accept myself, and that only by accepting myself can I be of service to others. I still struggle at times but I feel like I'm pretty close :-)

What's your weakness?
Hot chips!

Favourite bogan slang saying?
Up shit creek without a paddle (the German's love this one)!

What do you think the world needs more of?
Humans accepting each other just the way they are.

Dream country to teach yoga in?
Right now I love teaching in Australia.

How did you get into yoga?
I started practising yoga with my mother as a little girl, I then moved to Germany after my HSC and meet Kay, a German yoga teacher who for many years worked in the fashion industry. He would speak to me about how yoga gave his life purpose beyond the superficial world which inspired me to be a teacher and hopefully help other people see the beauty within themselves and everything surrounding them.

Favourite time of day to practise?
About 8:30 am

Favourite funny movie?
Wayne's World

Favourite yoga book?
At the moment it's 'Under the Quandong Tree' by Minima

How do you bring balance back to your life?
Taking my shoes off and dancing to whatever music randomly pops up on my shuffle list.

Favourite song?
Horse with No Name - America
Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest

I sat on the beach and......?
Watched the people walk by, and when they'd walked past, I watched the water tickle the sand.

Favourite quote?
"Be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi