My first encounter with yoga was when I was 3yrs old, sitting at the back of a class with my sister and our Tupperware snack containers watching our mother doing her stretches and wondering why we had to try to be quiet, I now realize the benefits she was experiencing.
I only came to learn these benefits after finding my way into a yoga studio in Dubai in 1997. The effect was immediate; I walked out of the class feeling a few inches taller, calm and collected yet bursting with energy. I was hooked.
After 12 years of practice and experiencing different types of yoga, I wanted to learn more which lead me to complete my teacher training. I still continue to immerse my self in new trainings, manuals and texts as I continue to learn and to be fascinated by the human body, mind and soul.
It was my love for fitness and competitive personality, combined with fatigue and hormonal challenges that lead me to my yoga mat.
Yoga became my passion. The more I practiced the more I wanted to get back on the mat. The more time I spent on the mat, the more I wanted to share this with others.
I began teaching from my own studio in Dubai before moving to Australia.
Off the mat I’m motivated to help people tap into the incredible potential of yoga. To some this could mean changing the way they stretch and breath before or after a gym session. It could mean incorporating gravity stretches into their daily lives or practicing a style of yoga beneficial to them. Or working on advanced yoga postures, meditation and pranayama (breathing).
Anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga without having to chant a single OM. But if you do, you might just end up loving it!
My goal is to always remain a student, because every other life in this universe is teaching me.
I first tried a yoga class in my early 50’s, so I’m not what you would call an early starter. I signed-up for to an 8-week beginner’s course hoping to ease some general body stiffness accumulated over a life of moderate but constant sport and exercise, all done with no real body awareness. I was also hoping yoga may be a sort of relief valve for the stresses I generated in my job.
For a while I felt I had been looking for something to give my life more purpose. I had previously sought satisfaction through buying new things and them selling them when they didn’t fill the missing something in my life. Maybe I was suffering from what has been described as “Affluenza”; loosely defined as buying things we don’t need and can’t afford to impress other people (who we may not even like).
Along came yoga, and my once a week class grew into several classes a week and, with mindful guidance by my teacher, on to pranayamah and meditation. I had found that “something” I was looking for and followed its path to my Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training in mid-2013.
I met Jac in 2014 at a yoga teacher’s workshop and thought the Antigravity yoga Jac was offering sounded interesting. Tried a class and loved it! Fun, challenging, opening and accessible; perfect. Going back again and again morphed into me doing my Antigravity Yoga Teacher Training in early 2016 and I’m now very lucky to be able to teach with and learn from Jac.
There has been no one or series of life challenges that brought me to yoga. I was and still am a very middle class, suburban male who enjoyed a moderate degree of career success and has usually been fairly healthy but never very athletic or flexible. Yoga has and continues to give me a healthy and fulfilling focus for my energy, both physically and mentally. Now, as a yoga teacher, I am grateful to be in a position where I can introduce and guide others along the same path.