In 2014 I realised my long-term dream. I opened The Yoga Lounge Studio in central Wellington. My vision has always been to own and run my own Shala that has a sense of welcome and community, as well as providing an open, caring environment for my students. It has required determination and hard work to realise this vision – but I’m so happy with how the community has grown, how good teachers have gravitated to the studio – and how our students have deepened their yoga practice.
With the supportive community at the Shala and my own practice, I have developed a distinctive teaching style with my students that’s very holistic in its approach. I draw on all my life experience, study and professional background and bring these elements together into my classes and my practice. Working this way requires me to constantly evolve, learn and grow as a student, a yoga practitioner and a teacher. I love the challenge this brings and how it also contributes to my own journey. I am always seeking, looking to grow, and looking for opportunities to learn.
It is this same keenness that led me to find Ashtanga Yoga and my teacher – Mike Berghan to whom I’m so thankful for guidance over the years. I regularly attend workshops with the amazing Peter Sanson and feel very lucky to have such a knowledgeable guru to be studying under in New Zealand.