Anatomy Training for People Who Don’t Like Anatomy (Yet) !

This year Movement by Design founder Luke Bryan and I have partnered to create and facilitate a new kind of anatomy training for yoga teachers.  Rather than asking teachers to memorize muscle origins and insertions or scripted alignment cues, we challenge teachers to think critically about what good movement means and how to achieve it.  We focus on teaching movement principles that hold true whether you are extending into a backbend or diving under an olympic lift.   So how did an Olympic Lifting coach and a yoga teacher meet and decide to develop training together in the first place?  Well, funny […]

2016 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings at Vitality Yoga in Bendigo

Vitality Yoga of Bendigo will host two weekend Yin Yoga TT’s in 2016. These two courses can be taken separately or combined for 30 Hours. Individual Yin TT’s: EB $425 and Regular $450 (includes manual and certificate of completion) Package Price for both Yin TT’s purchased together: $800 (must be purchased by Feb 19) Contact Melanie at Vitality Yoga for information and bookings: 404 Hargreaves Street Bendigo (Next to the Good Loaf Bakery) Bendigo VIC 3550 AustraliaPh: +613 5442 2081 Email: info@vitalityclinic.com.au Yin Fundamentals (15 hours) Saturday 5 March – Sunday 6 March (9am-5pm daily) In this course you will […]

Yin Yoga Summer Newsletter

Hello Yin Yogis! This is the time of year when I schedule next year, which is a little bit stressful and a little bit exciting all at the same time. So, I’m taking the opportunity to share the details of my final events of 2015 and to give you a preview of some of the highlights of 2016!   Class Schedule Changes: I have been with Ohana Yoga for over four years and I’ve watched this beautiful yoga community grow and then outgrow its cosy space in Albert Park.  So, Ohana is moving to Bay St in Port Melbourne.  The […]

Want more Yin workshops or training? Here’s what’s on for Spring!

As the brilliant dancer and choreographer Martha Graham said, “Movement never lies.  It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.” In Melbourne spring, the weather can be all over the place and I feel my own internal barometric pressure rising and falling like crazy!  One minute I’m wildly enthusiastic.  The next I’m flat.  One day I move fluidly and joyfully through my yoga practice, and the next everything feels like effort and struggle.  If the way we move does reflect our inner state, then maybe the way we move can also […]

The Anatomy of Growth

Before I left the U.S. over four years ago, I picked up Leslie Kaminoff’s best-selling book The Anatomy of Yoga.  I was preparing to make two major transitions.  The first was moving to Melbourne, Australia.  The second was to leave behind a decade of work as a documentary filmmaker to become a full-time yoga instructor.   I invested in a pile of books intended to really focus me on teaching yoga, some of which remain unread!  But The Anatomy of Yoga is compact, well-illustrated, and practical and I enjoy the way Leslie writes. I was particularly captivated by his description of the […]

A Weekend of Yin/Yang Yoga 10-12 July at MOVE Yoga!

I am incredibly excited to run a weekend of Yin and Yang workshops at MOVE Yoga 10-12 July, 2015 with international yoga teacher David Kim.  David is a Senior Teacher Trainer for LA-based YogaWorks studio and leads his own YogaWise Yin Yoga TT Worldwide. David and I met years ago at a Paul Grilley training and found that we had a lot in common!  Among other things we share a background in journalism which makes us want to investigate things – to understand not just the what but the why.  That spirit of inquiry compels us both to search for innovation within […]

Melbourne’s First 50 Hr Yin TT Immersion

Over the Easter Holiday in April, I partnered with Le Yoga Daylesford to host Melbourne’s first 50-hour Yin TT Immersion.  We spent five glorious autumn days in Daylesford practicing Yin Yoga and studying the principles behind the practice.  Each morning began with Yin Yoga and meditation, followed by a Q&A about the morning practice.  The rest of the day was divided between lecture on the anatomy and philosophy of Yin and learning practical tools for teaching Yin. In lectures we discussed how Yin Yoga influences fascia, mobilises the spine, enhances proprioception, activates the parasympathetic nervous system, and balances Qi flow in the major meridians. […]

What’s in store for 2015?

2015 is already off to a big start! In January, I led a “Yin and the Chakras” retreat in Daylesford which included dynamic movement, deep stillness, chanting, and meditation to enhance understanding of the chakras and coordinate the flow of energy along the spine. On our last day we flew like Dragons over sacred ground… If you missed out, join us for retreats in Winter: Yin and the Taoist Five Elements (Aug 14-16) and Spring: Yin and the Chakras (Nov 20-22) in tranquil Daylesford.  Contact Adrian Thia at Lè Yoga Daylesford for information and bookings. In January I also had the […]

First Level Two Yin TT

I am lucky that it’s my job to hang out with such amazing women!  This is the crew from my first Yin Level Two Teacher Training, hosted by Grass Roots Yoga in St Kilda.   We spent a weekend learning sequencing techniques based on Tom Myer’s myofascial meridians and the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  With all that creative energy in one room, inspiration abounds. Level One and Level Two graduate Amy Joy Barber shared, “I always come away with lots of notes and deep insights.” If you missed out this time, join me later in the year for Level […]

Level One Yin Teacher Training in June at Kula Yoga

Due to demand for Yin Teacher training, I am adding more trainings this year.  Next up is the June 21-22 Level One Yin TT at Kula Yoga in Hawthorn East.  Click on the flyer above for more details. All bookings are directly through Kula Yoga and can be made via email: info@kulayoga.com.au. I’m excited to be partnering with a new studio to continue growing Melbourne’s Yin Yoga community!