WHY SHINY YOGA?
Have you ever felt that on the outside you're presenting a pretty fine picture to the world where you've got it all happening? But on the inside you're overwhelmed with stress and exhaustion from trying to hold it altogether?
Welcome to being human! And even though we don't often have these heart-to-hearts with most people around us, and despite the norm being that we are all (pretend) perfect, I'm here to let you know there's another way - a way where you don't have to hide yourself, or fix yourself. A meaningful, heart-filled way of living.
Because, we need to talk: depression is actually the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world. In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death among people 15-44 years of age and remains the leading cause of premature mortality. Mental health is real, and I understand, because I've been there.
I first came to yoga over 20 years ago, and way back then it was a sporadic practice to say the least, with no real commitment or passion. But that all changed in my early 20's when I moved to Sydney and started battling with major and severe depression. I mean severe as in 'not being able to get out of bed, go to work, or concentrate properly' kind of severe. Major as in I landed in hospital a few times and honestly was struggling with the wanting to stay alive part of life.
On the outside, I had it going on. I landed my dream job in the music industry right out of uni, and quickly worked with some of the biggest bands in the world.
But in reality, I was on medication, I was seeing oh-so-many counsellors and psychologists, and still, I was slipping. Then it all came to a head and I was offered some sick leave from my job to 'get better'.
I remember, clear as day, making a promise to my sister during this sick leave. I promised her that I would leave my house at least once a day, even if it was just to get a juice from the corner store. Because I knew, as did she (as does anyone battling depression), that leaving the house for me at that time was as big a deal as travelling overseas can be for others.
But I stuck to my word, and went out, just once a day. And it was at this time that I discovered $5 community lunch time classes at the local yoga studio.
I spent the first few weeks of those classes literally sitting in child's pose and crying throughout it all.
But then I started breathing deeply.
I started (eventually) moving.
Gently.. slowly.. lovingly.
These classes were the beginning of me coming back to me.
There was no judgement, just acceptance. There was no expectation, just love.
You might not have depression - or maybe you do.
You might not have anxiety - but maybe you'd benefit from finding some better coping strategies for everyday stress.
Maybe you're just going through the motions, and it's all..... ok.
But if you want to feel a bit better than so-so, if you want to know there's something more, and if you're sick of comparing yourself with others (and always coming off second best), we're going to get along well. Because: me too.
Yoga bought me back to a life worth living. I fell in love with it, and stopped hating on myself. And here I am, many years later, with a vibrant life that makes me shine from the inside out, in no small part due to this practice.
Yoga changed my life. And I know it can do the same for you.
Shiny Yoga is about real yoga, done differently: in class, in-person, or online. Let's connect xo
2005 - Samadhi Yoga / 200hr Level 1 Hatha Vinyasa + Yin Teacher Training
2006 - Samadhi Yoga / Prenatal Teacher Training & Kids Yoga Teacher Training
2006 - Samadhi Yoga / Mentoring Program
2009 - Baron Baptiste / 150hr Level 1 Power Yoga Teacher Training
2009 - BodyMindLife / The Art of Alignment Training + Assisting
2010 - YogaCoach / 500hr Level 2 Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
2013 - BodyMindLife / 200hr Level 1 Teacher Training
2013 - Sarah Powers / Yin & Yang Yoga Teacher Training
2014 - Off The Mat Into The World Facilitator Training
2014 - YogaCoach / 500hr Level 2 Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
2014 - Sarah Powers / Yin & Yang Yoga Teacher Training
2014 - The Yin Space with Mel McLaughlin / Yin Yoga Teacher Training
2016 - Mindful Self Compassion training - IECL
2016 - currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture (BHSc) at UTS
+ Certified Health Coach (via Integrative Nutrition NYC)
+ lululemon athletica Ambassador
+ Nike Key Employee (via Fitness First)
+ Published Yoga + Wellness writer for Australian Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen, & Australian Yoga Life
+ AcuEnergetics Level 1
+ current First Aid and CPR certified