The Studio

Meet Tess...

Hey guys - we've been running our brand new timetable for nearly a month now, and I know many of you are really enjoying the new classes and teachers, so we thought we'd better help you get to know them a little better...first up is Tess. Tess and I met at the old Hot Power Yoga studio; she's a totally lovely human and an absolutely incredible and dedicated teacher. Her Friday morning restorative class at 9:30 am is my absolute favourite!

Here's her interview...

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
I originally did my teacher training not knowing what would come of it. After enjoying yoga for many years I wanted to explore it more. I remember being in the Kimberley, WA for 4 months in 2009 isolated from yoga classes and having to form my own practice. I fumbled around with asanas that I could remember from classes at home but essentially I wanted to understand what it is I was doing and why. I loved the idea of learning more about yoga for myself but was also inspired to be able to learn and spread the 'yoga drug' around to others.

Why teach at Yoga for All?
For many reasons. Most of all I love the way I feel when I practice at Yoga For All, so I knew I would love teaching there. Tahnee & Lyra have created a space that carries a gentle, non-judgement and supportive feel. I like that there are no mirrors, the classes are smaller and that people can access yoga more readily through the 'by donation' philosophy. Plus all the teachers are pretty special people!

Favourite asana and why?
I have many of course but I particularly love Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose) followed by Savasana to enjoy the effects. I feel a sense of calm after that deep stretch into the side body. It targets opening in both the lower and upper body so you receive that full body experience.

Can't live without?
A great pot of Tea solves everything!

Life philosophy?
I can't pick one ....
Treat others in the same way you would want them to treat you.
Listen carefully to yourself, you usually know the answers already.
You want to do something ...get in & start working towards it!

Make sure you say hi to Tess if you see her around, and check out her classes.


The making of Yoga for All

It's not what you know, they always say, but who you know! And it's through a good friend that we are here we are today, preparing our little yoga space for launch in just a few weeks.  

The lovely Chris of Good Brother cafe (our friendly neighbours and purveyors of amazing coffee and food) led us to our space, and it was love at first sight. The arch windows, the intimate room, the high ceilings, the geometric beams, the street-level-yet-feels-like-you're-in-another-world vibe of the space, the beautiful Bowery building's long history. We were in. The builders have been hard at work, and we're currently setting up our lighting and fans, to prepare for summer's onslaught. The plumbing's done and the is underway, and then it's the sparkie's turn before we lay our beautiful bamboo flooring. We've done our best to source environmentally friendly fittings, flooring, and of course mats and props. We're excited to be using the following suppliers:

  • Embelton bamboo flooring from Churchill's Carpet Court, Parry St Newcastle 
  • LovEarth Yoga Mats from LovEarth
  • Manduka Cork Blocks (sustainably harvested) 
  • LED dimmable lights from Beacon Lighting, Kotara
  • Recycled/upcycled materials to create bolsters and straps (crafted by the uber-talented Lyra!)
  • Who Gives a Crap toilet paper (we'll do a blog post on these guys at a later date, very cool company) 
  • Homemade olive oil candles (we might run a workshop on how to make these if you're keen) 

We will also use a Durand water filter and encourage you to bring your own re-usable water bottle to refill, as well as supplying organic fruit and teas for post-class snacking. 

We often chat about what a daunting prospect it is to start to take on some of the bigger issues in the world, but hey, if everyone does their own little bit, well, it makes a difference! 

We've been working hard all day removing the old signage - think heat guns, ruined fingernails and I (Tahnee) even knocked myself in the face and made my lip bleed!

We'll keep you updated on our progress, and we can't wait to get some shots of our studio up on the website for you all to see. Classes start Nov 18, we can't wait to meet you! 

Out with the old (signage), in with the new!

Out with the old (signage), in with the new!