My Yoga Ayurveda journey
Initially I was attracted to a Yoga practice in 1985 from the physical sensations. I could feel the exercise combined with the breathing cleaning out my blood stream and any blockages in my joints. I found it was the best thing for a hang over (in my misspent youth). Then I discovered the calming effects Yoga had on my mind and began to understand the spiritual gifts of self knowledge and balancing out any habitual behaviours. I soon came to understand what feeling in a balanced healthy state as opposed to an unbalanced state was.
At the time I was working in the city in a high powered information technology recruitment organisation at a desk, with no fresh air. This type of work takes its toll on the body and mind. Across the road in Pitt Street, Sydney CBD was the Vivant BKS Iyengar Yoga studio. It was at this peaceful studio in my lunch break that I learnt about precision, and calming my mind, digestive system and meditation. I remember Janet saying to me “the answer is in the breath” – at the time I did not know what she meant, but now I do.
My father who I adored and followed around as a child – modelled healthy living and nutrition – I fortunately recognised his behaviour as sign of intelligence and the path I wanted to follow. My mother used to say “without health you have nothing” – I rember a childhood logo I would see as the train whisked by – “what you eat today, walks and talks tomorrow.”
Yoga and Ayurveda – The Science of Life are traditionally practiced together. What is the point of doing a Yoga practice yet not respecting my dosha ( bodies needs ). Ayurveda has naturally been incorporated into my healthy living. I needed energy, health and vitality to do all those things in life, I want to do.
I now understand the strengths & weaknesses of my Ayurveda dosha or body constitution which is Vata/Pita predominantly air and ether. I have the knowledge to recognise any symptoms of imbalance. The seasons, travelling, diet, lifestyle, daily rhythms, ageing, lack of routine, cold foods, climate changes, stimulants etc. can all affect the body and mind of the vata dosha.
I consider myself an expert at treating the vata type derangement which is a common affliction in todays world. Yoga and Ayurveda are my life pathway and these proven traditions have shown me how to maintain my good health. This ancient traditional knowledge is invaluable and has been passed down from over 5,000 years ago.
My training in Yoga Ayurveda:-
1985 – 1990 Iyengar Yoga student, Australia
1990 – 1992 Teacher training in Hatha Yoga, the Vedas and Buddhist Meditation.
2004 – 2005 Yoga & Ayurveda Therapy, level I, Australia
2005 – Yoga & Ayurveda Therapy, level II, India
2006 – Ayurveda Home remedies, India
2011 – Ayurveda Refresher, India
2016 – Yoga Therapy, Australia