our teachers

Meet Tamara...

Tamara wandered into my class at Yoga for All and we just clicked. I knew I wanted her to teach here, to share her passion, and when the chance came to get her on the timetable, I jumped at it. As far as we know, Tamara is the only Hridaya Hatha Yoga teacher in Australia; I'm so excited to offer this less-well known style of yoga here in Newcastle and beyond delighted that the beautiful Tamara is the one sharing it with us. If you haven't made it to a Thursday night class yet, I highly recommend it! The Heart Space Meditation that follows is powerful and intended to connect you deeply to your true Self...if you're new to meditation it's a wonderful introduction, and if you're more experienced, the dynamic group energy can be profound. Give it a try!

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
I am passionate about a human being's ability to know how to be resilient, independent and find their truth. I think what inspired me to be a yoga teacher is being able to help facilitate and empower people to become the best person they can be. Yoga is powerful tool that anyone can have access to that can address the multitude of issues we each face in our life journeys. By using the physical body to express how we are feeling internally and learn how to relax, that's where the healing and transformations occur.
To me it is my service, an honour and a gift ... to truly share from the heart and not just to teach but to learn always.

Why teach at Yoga for All?
Yoga for All is an incredible community that allows equality and freedom. By taking away the challenge of a monetary value, individuals have access to Yoga and dive deeper into their own practice. It is genuine and authentic for both the teacher & the student. I also love being supported and surrounded by beautiful teachers that truly teach from the heart.

Favourite asana and why?
Chakrasana ~ The Wheel Pose.
Why? I love love the opening of the heart in this asana. I feel inner strength and freedom! I love the enthusiasm & the energetic rush of activating Manipura (navel) and Anahata (heart) chakras. But most of all I love the post-asana awareness. The body feels open, radiant & full of light!

Can't live without?
Coconut! In any form... fresh, oil, milk or water. I use it for absolutely everything!
( And I can't live without love )

Life philosophy?
"Only if one knows the truth of love, which is the real nature of Self, will the strong entangled knot of life be untied. Only if one attains the height of love will liberation be attained. Such is the heart of all religions. The experience of Self is only love, which is seeing only love, hearing only love, feeling only love, tasting only love and smelling only love, which is bliss". - Ramana Maharshi

This quote is by one of my beloved teachers. Knowing that the essence of who we all really are is love is ultimate freedom. The possibilities are endless:)

Transient

Meet Nat...

The magical Nat Brazil is the next Y4A teacher we're featuring; Nat is a prenatal yoga teacher extraordinaire, as well as a Purna Yoga-trained Hatha yoga teacher and mama to two very cute short people. So much talent; so many skills! Here it is...Nat's interview.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

After practicing yoga on and off for about 8 years, I began to notice a transformative change in my actual being. Initially this was purely very physical but gradually I noticed other positive benefits. I felt a deep yearning to incorporate it more completely into my life. Yoga is amazing because it accessible to everyone on all levels. One of the greatest misconceptions of yoga is that you have to be flexible to go to a class! I want to share my love of yoga!

Why teach at Yoga for All?

Yoga for All is a beautiful studio with a great ethic – it makes yoga financially accessible to everyone and has a great variety of different classes available from 6am til 7pm. What more could you ask for?

Favourite asana and why?

Trikonasana = Triangle pose. Love this asana because it is so simple but there is so much going on from the base, all the way up to the tips of the fingers. The balance of a triangle is beautiful and I like to imagine that I am suspended between the sky and the earth, being pulled in two different directions.

Can't live without?

Lemon and ginger tea first thing in the morning!

Life philosophy?

You never know what is just around the corner.

Transient

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 ...it 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.

Transient

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