After practicing yoga for more than 5 years, Allie and Chris traveled to India and became qualified yoga teachers.
They experienced an Ashram in Goa, India, giving them a taste for Ashram life. 2 years later, they returned to India, this time heading to Rishikesh, located in the foothills of the magnificent Himalayas. Rishikesh is rich in the history of yoga and known as the Yoga capital of the world.
Allie and Chris delved into ancient teachings from current masters. The knowledge being passed down through generations. The experience was truly mesmerizing and provided them with remarkable tools to teach authentic yoga in Australia.
With an understanding that life in the West is vastly different to life in the East, Allie and Chris bring the perfect balance of traditional yoga with a Westernised touch. Each class helping to bring calmness to the mind and body whilst bringing tranquility to your life.
Read on to learn more about all the yoga teachers at Bodhi Yoga.
I did my first yoga class more than 7 years ago. At the time I suffered from anxiety and I remember always feeling more relaxed and calm after each class. Unfortunately, I didn’t continue until a couple years later when a friend of mine talked me into doing a one-month trial at a Bikram yoga studio, this is where I got a lot more committed to my practice. At the time I was a runner and had done a few half marathons, so I was about as flexible as a lamp post!
When I met my now husband, Chris, we began doing yoga regularly together. I was amazed at how my body changed by having a regular practice. Yoga very quickly became about more than just a physical practice for me. As someone who suffered from anxiety and had full blown panic attacks, I realised about a year into practicing that I hadn’t had any attacks and generally felt less anxious.
I have had so many people tell me they ‘aren’t flexible enough to do yoga’ and I have one thing to say NEITHER AM I! My flexibility has come a really long way since doing yoga, however, I’m still not the most flexible person and I still struggle to go deep in some poses. The most incredible thing about yoga though, is that it does not matter how flexible you are, that is not the point of yoga. Yes, a result of yoga is increased flexibility, but there is so much more to it and so many more benefits that I have personally discovered. Whether I am as deep in a pose as I want to be or not!
For me, the greatest thing yoga has taught me, is that yoga is for me, yoga is for the personal benefits that I feel and so it should never matter if you are ‘flexible’ or not.
I can honestly say I love all forms of yoga, be it Hatha, Flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Bikram, you name it I love them all. One that I am particularly fond of though would be Yin yoga, which is a form of Hatha where you hold poses for 3-5 minutes. I find the mental challenge in holding poses for that long really rewarding and the deep stretching feels amazing. Adding just one Yin yoga session a week to your practice will really help you in all other forms of your yoga practice.
In my classes, I try to focus on the breath, this helps you to bring awareness within yourself, so you begin to see the benefits both on the outside and inside. Join me on the mat for a challenging and fun class.
My journey in yoga started more than 7 years ago. I’d booked a massage with the wrong therapist who ended up being the right one. He told me my body would really benefit from the alignment yoga brings and recommended me to an Ashtanga Vinyasa class. I worked with a very experienced teacher for 6 months before injuring my hamstring and lower back very badly in an unrelated incident, forcing me to stop all exercise for some period.
After almost 6 months without training I had a friend recommend me to Bikram Yoga. At this time in my life Bikram was fantastic. I loved to be pushed and Bikram certainly delivers that. Every class was a serious challenge! I worked around my injury and slowly but surely increased my strength and flexibility.
During my first 5 months into my Bikram journey, I also met my now wife and partner in crime, Allie.
We stepped up our practice to 5 times a week and soon decided to head to India and participate in a 10-day Yoga teacher training retreat. We joined around 50 other budding Yogis, who were all at this retreat for between 4-26 weeks completing their full time yoga certificates.
This amazing experience stuck with us until we eventually headed back to India to complete our teacher training certificates, 2 years later. After researching Rishikesh (India) as the mecca of Yoga, we headed to the foothills of the Himalayans to begin our own teacher training journey.
As I reflect on my time in India, it was one of the most rewarding and yet extremely challenging times. I’m so grateful to have studied under some of the best yogis the world has to offer. As a fully certified yoga instructor, my journey into this yoga world has been one of the most enlightening experiences of my life.
The forms of yoga I love are both Hatha and Vinyasa. Both are so different but have many benefits. Some like to hold poses for lengthy periods, others enjoy the flow. I encourage you to trial all different forms as my body loves all types (it never used too!)
If you are looking to start your yoga journey or take your practice to the next level, I look forward to sharing, connecting and guiding you on your yoga journey. My classes bring the technical, strength side but incorporate the traditional Indian yoga rituals making it a divine experience. I also love to share my knowledge and love for yoga during our weekend and extended retreats.
Jasmine has recently moved to Brisbane from Sydney, where she trained and worked for Power Living, benefiting from coaching and mentoring from the senior facilitation team. She has currently undertaken 400 hours of teacher training.
Her love of yoga and its ability to transform lives led her to also undertake further training in Yoga Therapy, using key yogic principles to work with an individual to overcome mental and physical health problems.
Jasmine teaches a strong, dynamic practice that provides a lot of insights into the anatomy of safe and practical alignment, allowing you to fully understand the ‘why’ behind each pose. The classes will be challenging but also playful, encouraging students to try new approaches to their practice, physically and mentally.
Jasmine’s classes always come with a line of self-inquiry, encouraging students to go past the asana poses and exploring how to use yoga both on and off the mat.
See the schedule to join Jasmine on the mat!
Yoga has truly changed Emily’s life and now she just wants to help other’s experience this journey in full and step up into the best version of themselves.
Having come back recently from traveling and living overseas she has been inspired and intrigued to connect to what is truly important in life.
For Emily, Yoga is about really getting to know yourself. It’s about mind-body awareness, gratitude and Self-acceptance.
Her down to earth, bubbly personality is reflective in her classes which are fun, creative and challenging.
“Yoga is not about getting into that next pose but the journey to get there“
Debbie began practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to reduce back pain, increase flexibility and manage stress. In 2014, she attended a transformative yoga retreat in California, where she developed a spiritual connection to her practice and realized her desire to share yoga with others.
Debbie completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Ontario, Canada in 2015. Forever a student, she has continued to expand her knowledge, completing training in the Roll Model Method by Yoga TuneUp in 2016, and Restorative Yoga in 2017.
Debbie blends her knowledge of asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy, to inspire her students to experience the true joy of yoga both on and off their mats. She teaches a variety of styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Yin and Restorative. Her favourite pose is Wild Thing.
Since a very young age, I have always believed in the power of the mind on our body and on our life. My real experiential journey started in 2012 after my first Vipassana meditation retreat. During my entire academic career, I have tried to understand the link between ancient traditions and contemporary sciences and tried to create a bridge between them. I believe that to gain a full understanding of one’s behaviours, thought processes and physiology, a holistic approach needs to be implemented. During my Masters I researched the effects of yoga on loneliness and genetics. I strongly believe that alternative practices, may it be meditation, yoga, dance or music, can be used for therapy, prevention and rehabilitation in all domains of life.
I dedicate a lot of my time on contemplative practices and try to implement it in every aspects of my life. This is what I want to share with people and show how available these beautiful tools are in our society and how everyone can use them in everyday life.
Yoga and meditation have truly helped me gain a greater awareness of my surroundings, my body and my thoughts. Being a dancer from a young age, yoga has allowed me to bring focus into my body and allowed me to move with awareness to avoid injuries.
Life becomes more positive once you bring mindful awareness into your practice and into your everyday life. I wish this for everyone. Yoga is a great tool to understand ourselves deeper and recognize what is best for us, in the demands of today’s society.
Through my years in school I loved trying all forms of movement. When I left school I began working full-time as a apprentice hairdresser and wasn’t living the most healthy lifestyle. Due to repetitive movement as a hairdresser my body started to become imbalanced. I suffered from aches and pains alongside fatigue, headaches and IBS and poor posture. I knew I had to do something. A yoga studio had opened just down the road from where I lived. At the time I knew nothing about yoga but after the first class I was hooked. I signed up and started going 3 times a week and so the journey began.
What started off as a physical practice, which provided noticeable material changes, more importantly it changed the way I viewed my body image. I started feeling more confident, stronger and flexible. At the same time it also trained my mind to be focused, more resilient and to remember to breathe through the ups and downs of life.
My passion is to share my practice with others and teach the importance of movement and balance in our lives. My style of yoga will incorporate a strong element to build heat and challenge yourself alongside moving with ease and grace. I look forward to sharing and connecting the knowledge and wisdom Yoga has brought to my life.
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