"Wellbeing for your Whole Being"
We at Centenary Yoga, are passionate about helping you to establish a regular yoga practice which will build your strength, resilience and flexibility. It brings benefits physically, emotionally and mentally. Yoga has the added and often unexpected benefit of enabling you to gradually release emotional blockages and habits in your life that are no longer serving you. Ultimately, by committing to a regular yoga practice, you will discover and harness lifelong tools that bring out the best You that you can be!
You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat and anything else you need. We are fully equipped with mats, bolsters, blankets and other props. Please let us know if you have any additional needs, injuries, or medical conditions that you wish to discuss if you are a new student with us.
We provide a registration form upon your first visit.
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Where to find us
Centenary Yoga is Located at the James and Janie Memorial Hall, 671 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road. Off road parking available. The hall is comfortable with airconditioning, toilets, carpeted floor, and fully equipped kitchen.
I found Yoga as a young mother of two boys, working as a high school science teacher. I'm not a sporty person; I loved the simple movements and the opportunity to reconnect with myself. I learned how to connect with my breath and not sweat the small stuff. By the time I was able to train as a Yoga Teacher (500 hours with YogaPhysio) I also had two little girls and practised safely throughout pregnancy. My boys are now in their 20s; I've practised Yoga for 18 years and have been sharing my love of Yoga through teaching for 8 years. My classes reflect my teacher Fiona's style of Hatha Yoga; combining Pilates for core strength, traditional Yoga, some flow and my own innovative sequencing & style. Every student is encouraged to build strength, flexibility and Well-Being through a practise which is gently active, focussed yet relaxed. I love Yoga for the way it makes me feel - energised and relaxed - and this is the practise I bring to students.
Who am I? I found the practice of Yoga and meditation in my early 20’s with Yoga in Daily Life in Brisbane in 1998. I started practicing yoga there, because I wanted to learn to meditate. I thought if I ‘reined’ my thoughts in, I would be ok. I was feeling overwhelmed by thoughts and sensations I was experiencing at the time; but not only that, I was seeking answers to questions – the big life questions. It was many, many years later that I realised, after discovering the mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn that I could only observe and accept what was there in me, rather than trying to control or deny. The thoughts, emotions, pain, joy and whatever physical sensations I had in my body, I could react to, or just accept. Recently I discovered the reason behind these sensitivities - that I am a HSP (highly sensitive person) – which is an interesting trait found in around 20% of the population. So, I am one of life’s learners and seekers and I have drawn on the wisdom of many teachers from varied yogic traditions… and I haven’t stopped learning since!
What I do? I am particularly interested in combining Yogic Philosophies with my background in Western psychology. Yoga and meditation are great tools for dealing with all of life’s challenges. I also see it as the ultimate act of self-care. I have an interest in mental health, womens’ health, life-stage transitions, and trauma recovery.
I offer compassion and support to students who want to experience a body-based transformation process. From personal experience, when you slow down, connect inwards, and listen to your heart and body’s wisdom, you have a clearer picture of what you need to be your most vital and peaceful self. My intention is to create a space for my students where judgements and distractions can be let go. Not only that, but to bring a sense of play; we all need play!
I have experience teaching 3 year olds right up to folks in their 70’s.
Why I teach?
In the past I worked in clinical medical research, counselling, art therapy, community activist and support roles. I became a yoga instructor because I know it’s my purpose to help empower other people by sharing with them the tools for good health, so that they can actively use these tools at any time!
Off the mat…I might still be on a mat somewhere (ha!) practicing Iyengar Yoga, reading a book or dancing with my kids (or whoever else dares come near me)! I love music, dance, creative work with paints and pens, forest rambling, ocean swims, travel and living my yoga with my husband and two kids who give me strong foundations.
I look forward to meeting you 😊
“That which we seek, is already present within us”
I believe yoga is much more than just the world’s best system for staying healthy. The practices and philosophies of yoga energize your body, mind and soul and lead to a deep inner happiness. Although I started practicing yoga 30 years ago, it was in 2012 when I began attending daily yoga classes that I truly experienced the full benefits of yoga and discovered changes happening on the inside. My teacher training began in 2015 with the completion of over 100 hours of “immersion” in an Anusara-based system under Julie Smerdon. In 2017 I completed a further 250 hours in a Vinyasa system under Jacqui Sellers. In 2018 I travelled to India and completed 300 hours in a traditional Hatha system at Shiva Tattva in Rishikesh. I started teaching yoga classes in 2016 with a style that combines alignment and flow with a sprinkling of philosophy.
I expected my first yoga class to be a flexibility test. Instead, I discovered ‘concentration’. I had had ADD. In yoga, I found I could focus and discipline myself. To my delight, I also felt a quietude and serenity that I had never experienced before. I noticed that just one class supported me mentally throughout the whole week. My attention span increased in all aspects of life and my compulsive behaviours decreased.
I went on to complete 350 hour yoga teacher training with YIMI. I was amazed at, and am continuing to deepen my understanding of Iyengar Yoga. Every action in the yoga practice is executed very carefully and precisely, as if making a wonderful piece of art. It allows me to enjoy ‘slowing down’ and ‘stopping’ more. It gives me time to experience asana slowly and fully at that moment. It connects me with parts of my body I had never been aware of. This is the yoga experience I try to share when I teach.
My yoga journey began over 13 years ago, studying under Trisha Shannon at the Yoga Room in Orange NSW (Iyengar yoga). I found Yoga to be an invaluable tool during this busy time in my life (which included the birth of my three kids). The many physical and mental benefits including flexibility, focus and the gift of taking time for myself kept me coming back and I was hooked.
Our family moved to Thailand and in June 2017, I completed my certificate of Yoga teacher training (200hrs) under Diana Mountanos at Pure Yoga, Pattaya Thailand (World yoga Alliance). This was a holistic and Intensive teacher training course that inspired my transition into the role of yoga teaching. I owe so much to the knowledge, passion and kindness of Diana and strive to match her energy and enthusiasm for the art. I also strive to match the unrivalled number of crunches which were added to some of her classes – future students beware!
I find Yoga is essential to stay centred and also in tune with what is happening in our busy daily lives. My goal is to help my students connect with the mind body and spirit. We are all continually learning and growing each day, I hope you will join me in this journey of self discovery and growth. I am looking forward to meeting you all and excited about this next chapter in our yoga journey at Centenary Yoga