Teaching Yoga Classes at Lululemon Burnside Store

For the month of June, I was given the opportunity for a second time to teach the in-store yoga classes at the Burnside Lululemon store on Wednesday evenings. A few months back I had experienced what it was like to teach these classes at the city store and this time around I would be teaching at the other SA store situated inside a shopping centre with a very different demographic.

The Burnside store opened in November 2014 inside the Burnside Village Shopping Centre and they offer free in-store yoga classes to the community every Wednesday night. As my classes were well received at the city store I was invited by Lululemon to teach for the month of June and of course, I jumped at the chance to accept their offer. 

As it's a much smaller store than the city location the class size was around 20-25 each week which was a much more intimate and relaxed environment. I did have quite a few students who were brand new to yoga but I found that it was a mix of beginners/intermediate students which meant that I could add a few harder poses and vinyasa flows into my classes. Integrating breathing techniques and chakra/astrological meditations where a few added benefits for the students. 

I found quite a few students loved the relaxation at the end and would also be intrigued by each week's astrological meditation. So many students told me that it deeply resonated with them and explained why certain situations/events were playing out in their lives during this time. 

Thank you again, Lululemon for giving me the chance to teach the in-store classes which allowed me to learn more about myself as a yoga teacher and to deepen my style of teaching. It's such a blessing to be apart of an organisation that really supports and promotes yoga teacher's in the community.

Teaching Yoga Classes at Lululemon Adelaide City Store

For the month of March I was given the opportunity to teach the free in-store yoga classes at the Adelaide City Lululemon store. These free classes make yoga accessible for everyone to come along and try. As a yoga teacher I can’t tell you how great it feels to be able to give back to the yoga community by teaching these classes.

I had been briefed by the girls at the store that the class size was round 60 students. I was a little sceptical as surely they couldn't fit that many people on the floor space but astonishingly that's exactly how many people came to not one but all of my classes every Tuesday evening. At 5.45pm there was a crowd of people lining up out the front and when the doors opened a rush of people came though finding their mat in the space. Going into these big classes I had been told that student's were mainly beginners, either new to yoga or never having done a class before. 

I teach a gentle hatha flow style of class so this turned out to be perfect for this demographic that came though the doors each week. I noticed a few regulars returning each week and after every class students would come up to me asking yoga related questions, thanking me for teaching the class and asking me about my astrological themed meditations. 

I remember my first class that I taught a gentleman who had never tried yoga before came up to me after the class and thanked me as it was exactly what he needed in order to stretch his body and also it was at a pace that he could handle. He returned to all of my classes and would sit up the front eagerly awaiting for the class to start. 

As a teacher I learnt so much about myself and my style of teaching. Most importantly I learnt how to project my voice and be heard which was a huge accomplishment for me as I am quite softly spoken by nature. I also learnt what poses you can and can't teach in a crowded room with limited space between each mat. Let's just say holding balancing poses for too long will result in a domino effect if one person falls out of it and then falls onto the person on the next mat!

As March has 5 Tuesday's this year (which is quite rare) I was able to teach 1 extra class. My last class for the month was bitter sweet, I no longer felt nervous when I took my place on my mat in front of the huge crowd in front of me but I looked out to my students with confidence and a desire to help them on their yoga journey.

After reading my meditation and with the final word of 'namaste' I was surprised and overwhelmed to hear a round of applause and as I opened my eyes I witnessed the whole room giving me a standing ovation. Never have I experience this before and as a relatively new teacher it reinforced in me that I need to stay true to my style of teaching and that I am healing people on a much deeper level that even I wasn't aware of.

Thank you Lululemon for giving me the chance to share my style of yoga to the community and I hope to be back again teaching more in store classes.

 

YogAdelaide Festival, Botanical Gardens

I was fortunate enough to be apart of the YogAdelaide festival hosted by Lululemon in the beautiful Botanic Gardens. It was a day filled with yoga classes, yummy food and like minded people all coming together to practise yoga together.  I had the privilege of teaching children's yoga to little yogis of all ages. We were set up under the big umbrella's and trees, shading us from the heat of the day.  

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The kid's had so much fun bending and stretching their bodies. We played some yoga games, made animal shapes with out bodies, learning about our breath by blowing on colourful feathers and practised vinyasa sequences with floaty scarfs. 

Such a precious and beautiful experience to be able to teach this class and be apart of the wonderful festival that is YogAdelaide.

 

 

Desa Seni Yoga Retreat, Canggu, Bali

I was blessed to have been told about the Desa Seni Resort by one of my yoga students before leaving on our trip to Bali. He had told me about this wonderful place that he had stumbled upon by accident and ended up staying a week there. It caters for a higher end clientel as the resort is rated 5 stars. But if you can't afford the $200US per night then your welcome to come along to any of the yoga classes that they have on offer each day.

I got up early and took a 15 minute scooter ride to the resort which is located in Canggu, situated about 5 mins away from Seminyak. Driving up the dirt road to the entrance I was amazed at what was in front of me. A stunning landscape of manicured gardens with little huts dotted around, a tranquil pool area to relax and a cute little cafe with yummy meals to indulge in. I was greeted by the valet who took my helmet and showed me the way to reception. I paid $12AUD for my class, as I had arrived early I went for a walk around the retreat. It was like nothing I had seen before, an eco friendly, sustainable retreat complete with organic veggie gardens, houses and huts made from recycled materials, little stepping stones made up the pathways and a beautiful airy yoga pavilion up on the little hill.

My class was about to begin, a 75 min Kundalini yoga class with a wonderful teacher Daphna Dor originally from New York.  Her style was calming yet powerful as she led us through a deep and meaningful practise, working on the Throat Kriya. Surrounded by the beautiful gardens it was an incredible experience to be practising kundalini yoga here. She gently guided us through a breathing technique to start before going into the Kriya, one that was aimed at opening up the throat chakra, expressing out true selves in the world. 

Combining strong breathing with poses I could feel the effects slowly taking over my body, mind and spirit as I immersed myself in the practise. Her wealth of knowledge on the body mechanics gave more meaning and understanding to what we were doing in each pose. How it affected us on a mental, physical and spiritual level whilst engaging in each pose.

After the class I followed some of the other students into the lounge area overlooking the grounds, some refreshing lemongrass tea was being served and the comfy couches were a nice place to relax and unwind. I met some lovely people from around the world whilst drinking my tea and enjoying the peace and serenity of the resort.

Yoga classes at Radiantly Alive in Ubud, Bali

During my first week in Ubud I have some time to take part in some yoga classes at a few different studios around town. My last trip to Bali I had booked into a 10 day yoga retreat at The Yoga Barn which was just what I needed at the time. I was spoilt by the vast array of yoga classes offered there and I made the most of my 10 day yoga retreat. I didn't get to try out any classes at other yoga studio's on that trip so this time I was looking forward to exploring the other studios in town.

I had remembered walking past a studio called Radiently Alive and I did recall hearing some things from other travellers about their classes. I discovered they have a really affordable one day pass which gave you unlimited yoga classes for the whole day. So I got up early and went along to the early morning Iyengar class taught by Daniel Aaron, who happens to be the founder of this beautiful space. An inspiring 75 min class that also included a mini workshop which focused on a step by step guide to forward folding correctly. A strong start to the day with this powerful yoga practise that had me wide awake and feeling the heat within my body pretty quickly.

I stayed for the next class which was Hatha yoga taught by Sarah Holland, a beautiful teacher from Canada. This is the style that I teach so it was such a treat to do a class in a style that I feel most comfortable practicing. At the beginning she asked everyone to turn to the person next to you and say 3 things that you are grateful for right now. Then choosing one and using that as my intention for my yoga practise. Her style was fluid and gentle, a great mix of floor and standing poses and ending with a relaxing meditation. By the end of this class the heat of the day was creeping in and my tummy was growling for food.

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I went across the road to Bali Buddha for lunch. Relaxing on the couches as I enjoyed my healthy and delicious meal I reflected on the classes I had just participated in and was feeling inspired with a renewed focus by everything I had experienced and learnt so far that morning.

A couple of hours had passed and feeling well fed and rested I decided to head back to the studio for a Restorative yoga class taught by Rusty Davis another experienced and inspiring teacher from America. It's been quite a while since I've done this style of yoga and the amount of props I had around me made me wonder how we were going to use them all in a 75 min class. But I was pleasantly surprised as each one had multiple uses to assist in poses and aid in slowing the body down to rest in each one. 

I would highly recommend taking a class at Radiantly Alive as the level of teachers here is at a very high standard. It is smaller then some of the other studios in town but it has a warmth and openness that the bigger ones just can't provide. They have also just opened up their holistic therapies rooms offering an array of alternate therapies to choose from.