Gifted the name Yvonne by my parents I grew up very much a country girl in rural South Australia, learning the gift of family, friendship and community. Marrying a country boy in my early twenties I settled to raise three daughters in the freedom that country life offered.
Radha is the name gifted by my spiritual teacher Swami Nityananada during my second visit to the ashram Shanti Mandir where he resides in India. This name Radha holds within it many meanings for me and is always guide to remembering on my path.
I spent the majority of my adult life working in the healing profession, firstly for many years within the realms of nursing, and then came, what seemed to be a natural progression into other healing modalities.
Knowing there was something missing in the business of health and wellness I came to understand the benefits found within the many “other” methods of healing, and the intricate weaving of dis-ease of the body, mind, breath and soul and the potential of utilizing the many tools of healing that I have been gifted over the years.
Study over time evolved from Nursing into the Manual Therapies of Massage, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, The Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage and Decongestive Therapy for Lymphoedema and other conditions, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine, and eventually into the study of Yoga and Ayurvedic Lifestyle practices. This gradual movement has led me from a career in Nursing into registration as a qualified Yoga Therapist… movement that is found within the practice of Yoga itself… . one of gross to subtle. These former studies inform my work as a Yoga Therapist allowing me to offer an integrated approach to health and wellbeing.
I come to this place of teaching with my own felt experience from the practice of yoga, and I am passionate about the gifts that yoga has to offer in this journey of self discovery. I bring with me the many tools that are found within the practice of yoga.
I am keen to empower others to understand the meaning that is held within one’s own state of being and to gift tools that enhance their own unique process towards wellness.
- Advanced Diploma Naturopathy
- Advanced Diploma Western Herbal Medicine
- Diploma of Massage
- Diploma of Aromatherapy
- Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy
- Therapeutic Touch Practitioner and Teacher
- Certificate I in Hatha Yoga (500 hours)
- Certificate II in Hatha Yoga (700 hours)
- Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Consultancy (300hrs)
- Bridging Course Krishnamacharya Tradition (300hrs Agama Yoga Centre for Health & Healing)
- Yoga Therapy (1,000 hours)
- Registered Nurse Division 2
- Registered Yoga Therapist – Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists
- Registered Senior Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist – Yoga Australia
- Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society
“If anybody can breathe, they can do Yoga.”
When you think of yoga does the vision of some scantily dressed young woman, standing on the shore of some great ocean at sunset, dressed in a little crop top and slinky tights come into your mind, or is it some hunk of a male, with lots of bulging muscles, looking amazing that you see?
There he is in some beautifully executed balance posture, defying gravity, effortlessly resting on one hand with legs seemingly in every direction, or maybe the young woman has herself twisted into a back bend, with her body in a position that simply looks impossible.
Our bodies are amazing….yet sometimes when we contemplate yoga there is an image that is often portrayed in magazines that jumps into our minds, or is it simply those feelings and thoughts that arise telling us “I can’t do that”.
As T Krishnamacharya says “If you can breathe you can do yoga”
Within the observances and Patanajli’s Yoga Sutras, we as teachers, discover the tools that allow us to teach in a way that steps each student, as an individual, towards their potential, according to their capacity. It is our role as teachers to empower them in their ability to achieve without disturbance in body, breath or mind.
As teachers we are reminded to “Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you…. to yourself, but as it applies to the other” (as it applies to the person in front of you) T Krishnamacharya
This has been my own personal experience. When I began to release expectations of how I wanted my body to be, to perform, and I let go of my own perception of what Yoga was and looked like, exciting things happened.
When I began to understand through knowledge, and my own felt experience, one that was guided by teachings suited to my own story and capacity, at both the physical and emotional level, so many things changed for me.
“When the time is right, the teacher appears.” The teacher who is appropriate for our learning at a particular time.
Gratitude is for the teachers of Yoga who have influenced my learning.
Ambika, my first teacher of Yoga, who lit the desire to learn more, simply because of the noticeable effect that one yoga class a week had on my body and my life, and her ever present passion and generosity in sharing what she loved.
Deb & Claude Pezet (Sadhana and Keval), fuelled an already ignited love for Yoga, introducing me to the study of Yoga, and to the joy of kirtan and ritual.
Barbara Brian, long time student of TKV Desikachar, who has been my teacher and mentor for the last 6 years. Barb introduced me to Yoga in a way that has empowered me to teach in consideration of what is needed for each student, whether they are in an individual session or group class.
The influence of the methodology taught within the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and the accompanying mentorship that is an important component of the teaching, has been an empowering and rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.
This is a path that is always being refined, redefined and refined, over and over again, always changing, always uncovering something new and always presenting an opportunity to learn more. It has been a process of remembering to be open enough to adapt to change, just as an appropriate Yoga practice for the individual is designed, to be adaptable to the change that is happening for a student.
Yoga Therapy steps a student towards healing, not only according to their personal desires, but teaches what is appropriate for the individual, incorporating the physical aspect of wellness as well as that of the mind and body. Alongside these observances other factors, such as Ayurvedic constitution, observation of the pulse, lifestyle and age are considered and become important in creating a holistic foundation to build the structure of practice and care.
My aim as a teacher and Yoga Therapist is to empower each student to believe that “I can do this for myself” (TKV Desikachar)
I continue to be a student of yoga with a passion to encourage others to understand their suffering and find simple ways to move towards wellness. Practice and classes are greatly influenced by the teachings and methodology of the Krishnamacharya tradition, using a deeper understanding of the sutras and texts to guide and inform my teaching.
It is with care that we, as teachers, are called to guide a student to step confidently, according to their capacity, towards understanding themselves as a whole…. such is the gift if these teachings.
The words of Barb when we first began study with her was “All I ask is that you try these things, have your own experience and then you choose what you keep and what you let go of”.
This is also my encouragement to you.
Have your own experience of Yoga taught in this way, then, over time there comes opportunity to choose those things that resonate, those things that have benefit. You choose what you keep and what you let go of.
It is always about choice, and that choice is informed by one’s own experience, right knowledge and guidance
Taking an intelligent approach means working toward your goal step by step”. T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice