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.
I stepped up my practice to 5 times a week and soon decided to head to India and participate in a 10-day Yoga teacher training retreat. I 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 me until I eventually headed back to India to complete my teacher training certificate, 2 years later. After researching Rishikesh (India) as the mecca of Yoga, I headed to the foothills of the Himalayas to begin my 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.
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.
Introducing Kelly Stansmore to the team! Kelly journeyed to stunning Rishikesh, India with the Bodhi crew and studied her 200 hr Ashtanga Vinyasa YTT under Master Mohet & Master Bipin.
She’s since been refining her art and has been practicing her teaching at various studios. You’ll find some more info on Kelly below and you can catch her at our 6.15am Modifies Ashtanga Class. Welcome to the Bodhi family Kelly 🙏🏼
Kelly, a primary school teacher during the day, discovered the gift of yoga to help manage stress and anxiety. It wasn’t until committing to a daily practice that she began to truly appreciate that there was more to yoga than just a physical practice. After completing a 10-day fasting detox in Bali, she was inspired to travel to the home of Yoga in Rishikesh, India, following her dream to become a yoga teacher.
Kelly enjoys the strength, concentration, and calmness that comes with all styles of yoga. She particularly enjoys Ashtanga yoga for the stability of mind that comes with synchronising the breath and movement through the physical and mentally challenging postures. With a long time commitment and dedication to her own health and well being, she is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with all abilities and ages. When you leave the mat, her wish is for you to see the beauty that yoga delivers within and around you.
Join her on the mat for a balance of strengthening and calmness at our Thursday morning 6.15am class.
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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“
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.
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