03 Nov Steph’s Story of yoga and Clarity
To some people, starting yoga classes can feel quite daunting. That’s why I wanted to reach out to you all and give you a little bit more info about myself and my yoga classes.
I’m a country girl, originally from Keith, SA. I’ve always had an interest in health and wellbeing ever since I was a teenager. There was always part of me wanting to know more. After spending a few years in an office job in Adelaide, I decided the lifestyle didn’t suit me and I wasn’t passionate about it. I quit my job and did a Personal Training course. After working at Goodlife at Burnside for a year, I moved back to the country where I set up my own gym called ‘Fit For Life PT.’
As a personal trainer, I soon worked out that the body and mind connection is so powerful. I realised that people can do a really good workout with me, but if they weren’t feeling good within themselves in their every day life, they’d struggle to get results. It would tend to lead to emotional eating, not feeling motivated to do workouts outside of PT sessions, etc. I felt like there was more to health and wellness than food and exercise and that there must be a better way to help people. I knew that helping people with their mindset and teaching them that they don’t need to train at high intensity all the time to get results would be powerful. That’s what led me to doing a Yoga Teacher Training in Bali in 2013.
I’ve always been drawn towards yoga. When I was about 14 years old, I use to set my alarm and get up early so I could do a yoga class that was on TV before school. I should add, I’d get up and do the yoga and then go back to bed until it was time to get up for school! I never knew anything about yoga, nor did I know anyone that did it. I just saw it on TV and there was something about it that attracted me.
I’ve been teaching yoga for a few years now, and through teaching yoga it’s deepened my understanding of yoga even more. Yoga has taught me the art of ‘being present.’ It’s taught me to be gentle with my body and mind and also taught me how intimately the body, mind and breath are connected. The beauty of yoga is that you never stop learning. When you roll out your yoga mat and start your yoga practice, it’s all about you. It’s not about the person on the mat next to you. Your focus is completely on yourself and being present. This is where we can learn so much about ourselves.
I sold my gym business in Keith in June 2015 and moved to Adelaide to connect with new people and continue to spread my love of health and wellness! I’m not only a Yoga Teacher, but also a Personal Trainer, Holistic Health Coach and Raw Food Chef. I run Health & Wellness Retreats, do Health Coaching and Personal Training. AND teach yoga at Clarity Massage & Wellness (which I’m thrilled about!).
The majority of people that attend my yoga classes have never done yoga before, so please don’t feel like you have to be an experienced yogi to attend my classes! I can ensure you that my yoga classes are safe for people at all levels and that I’ll do my best to make sure you feel comfortable. That’s the beauty of teaching yoga at Clarity. The classes are small and intimate.
The classes that I’m running at Clarity are:
7am Vinyasa / 9am Vinyasa / 10:30am Gentle / 5:15pm Vinyasa / 6:30pm Vinyasa
COST: $20 per casual visit of $180 for a 10 class pass ($18 per class)
We keep our class numbers low for maximum comfort, so to secure your place you MUST BOOK online, by clicking here.
* Vinyasa yoga is a flowing style of yoga that links the breath with movement. A Vinyasa class starts with focusing on being present and relaxing the body and mind, followed by pranayama (breath awareness), a sequence of yoga postures, and finishes with a few minutes of stillness.
* Gentle yoga is still a Vinyasa class and the class format is the same, but the yoga postures performed are more gentle and easier on your muscles and joints.
If you’ve got any more concerns, check out this Clarity blog of Yoga myths and FAQ’s (there’s no question too silly!)
I would love to see you at yoga class, even if it’s just to come along and see what it’s like. I often tell people that you don’t need a flexible body to be able to do yoga; it’s more about having a flexible mind and being open to giving it a try. 🙂
Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, my Facebook page or mobile (0427 716 139) if you have any questions at all.
Love, peace & gratitude,