As most of us do, I play many roles. I am a wife, mother, animal lover, employee, business owner, friend, confidant, Yoga teacher and a Flow Artist. I grew up in the Adelaide hills riding horses, was fortunate enough to live in the Barossa Valley for a while & currently call Nimbin home, where I live off-grid in a rustic dwelling surrounded by nature. I love spending time outdoors and watching animals – animal behaviour fascinates me and spending time in nature grounds me. Somehow I managed to survive the city (if you can call Adelaide of the 90’s & 2000’s the city), to obtain a Bachelor of Management and subsequently built careers in Human Resources and Technology Services. I have practiced Yoga for over 15 years and hold a Diploma of Integral Yoga.
I embrace Yoga and Play because they contribute significantly to my well-being and capacity to remain resilient. My favourite toy is the hula hoop. It helped me learn how to let go. As Yoga is a delicate balance of holding on & letting go, I find the two practices complementary. Delving into the fire dancing culture has been a whole lot of fun. It’s also deepened my focus (there’s not much room for error when you’re playing with fire), helped me face fears and connected me with amazingly resilient people. There is a meditative element to the style of Flow I embrace, it’s my therapy. Maybe it’s yours too – there’s only one way to find out! I look back at my life before fire and it brings a smile to my face when I’m reminded I still have the capacity to surprise myself.
I became interested in Mindfulness through the work of the Wake Up Project http://wakeupproject.com.au/. I recommend you all order some Kindness cards today and distribute them liberally http://wakeupproject.com.au/kindness-cards/.
I realised that my Yoga studies were the perfect preparation for Mindfulness – the underlying concepts are effectively the same, however the language is significantly different. There is a growing body of evidence advocating the benefits of Mindfulness and I’m fascinated by the effect of these practices on the brain.
Ahimsa (non-violence) is an importance principle to me and whilst I don’t envisage cultivating Ahimsa completely, I do my best. Ways in which I cultivate Ahimsa include;
- I eat a plant based diet and practice compassion to all living things. This includes self-compassion, a key Mindfulness principle.
- I source Yoga mats with great consideration of the environmental damage caused by mats which don’t biodegrade, as well as the health of the Yogi / Yogini.
- Ahimsa is the first principle I raise in beginners Yoga classes and I repeat it infinitum. There is a difference between pain and discomfort. Yoga teaches us to sit in discomfort, but should never cause us harm.
I’ve always been health conscious and have seen many changes in lifestyle in one generation. It seems to me that dis-ease has become prolific in our society which has sparked my interest in organics, neuro-toxins in food, and using food as medicine. I’m also very interested in some of the research that is examining the healing potential of the mind. The emerging results on the health benefits of Meditation (the 7th limb of Yoga,) are astounding.
I feel best when I share what I know.
Yoga has weaved into my life, tools for abundance. I feel these are essential life skills, the knowledge of which should be denied to no one. This is why I share what I know.
Australia Day 2018 found me at the Nimbin Bush Theatre for the Indigenous Survival Day Festival. It was a day of listening, connection, reflection and inspiration. Music, stories and friends gave the day significance and provided me with much to ponder. I was also randomly gifted some Bunya nuts.read more
Ironically, during mental health week I found myself in crisis. I had neglected my self-care regime at a time I needed it most and my nervous system was critically in need of support. I had reasons that I expect will resonate with you – usual story, when the project is delivered I’ll have time for that – well, my body and mind had other ideas and forced me to take notice! I found myself totally overwhelmed, shaking, crying and barely capable of taking a full breath (yes, at work – what fun that was! A practice in complete vulnerability.)read more
Living Mindfully allows us to respond rather than react, resulting in better decision making. Adopting a Mindful approach to life frees us from a cycle of emotional reactivity and turmoil. Yoga facilitates Mindfulness by offering various practices targeted at...read more
Yoga, Flow Arts and Fire Twirling We believe that Festivals are more fun when you’re part of creating the vibe. Our unique mix of Yoga, Flow Arts and Fire Twirling provides flexibility in our Festival contributions. From the fun antics of roving performances and Fire...read more
Penelope has developed sessions suitable for delivery in the class room, office, park or Festival. Yoga snippets provide a taste of various elements of Yoga. Some active, some less so, all will encourage you to discover your Yoga, and give you a basis for starting a...read more
Our mobile Yoga space provides an opportunity to nourish your mind, body and soul through Yoga, Play and Mindful activities. The indoor space provides for an intimate (max 6 people) Asana practice or a Meditation / Relaxation space for up to 10-12 people. At...read more
I love to practice and teach Surya Namaskar for so many reasons. Surya Namaskar is a specific set of postures, practiced in the form of a dynamic (flowing) sequence. Once learned, it's an easy go-to practice that you can turn to & receive immediate benefits from,...read more
Committing to a regular meditation practice is one of the key ways I care for myself. Research showing the benefits of meditation continue to confirm my commitment. Regular Meditators report being able to ease (& in some cases overcome) the symptoms associated with...read more
Pranayama, the 4th of Patanjali's 8 limbs of Yoga, means extension of the breath. Prana is energy, or life force, and ayama means to extend. Your energetic (or pranic) body connects your physical and emotional bodies, via the Chakra's. In Yoga, we use the breath as...read more