Lucilla Hammond – Yoga Student & Teacher. Owner of Joy Yoga
Wow, that was about 15 years ago now.
I, like many others, started to practice Yoga because physically it felt sooo good. What kept me coming back, & quickly beginning my own personal practice, was the realisation I could start to control my moods & emotional states better.
What lead me to teach Yoga was the life changing understanding of the power of this Ancient Art form. It helped me to interact & respond to Life differently, to begin to take control. And responsibility. That began to change everything. For the better.
For 7 years I took weekly Iyengar classes in Edinburgh (yes, sunny Scotland) where I lived at the time. It never occurred to me to take any more classes than that, as I did a home practice 3 or 4 times a week. My home practice was deeply nourishing & found I could tailor my practice to suit my needs of the day.
As an Australian I eventually returned home & began to experiment with the different types of Yoga around. And boy – there was a lot! So I had a lot of fun exploring a variety of approaching. And you know, they all have something special to offer. I love to mix these styles together, to tailor make a practice each day. Nothing prescribed. Nothing the same.
There is no right or wrong or best way with Yoga. It’s just whatever suits you.
In 2006 my partner & I did the big ‘Tree Change’ & move to a place called Mirador Springs, in Trafalgar, set in the Strezlecki Ranges in the Gippsland, Victoria. Here I began to study Yoga Teaching with the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne in 2007 where I obtained my advance diploma.
I have been teaching ever since. And I love it.
I love to bring humour, flow & creativity into my classes. I encourage my students friends to do the same.
I believe in self alignment & try to teach what it should feel like when aligned rather than what it should look like. I love the use of props to help students friends be comfortable. I believe in developing a great degree of comfort in the body, not go out of the way looking for the pain. This can be a very Western approach to our bodies. One we need to soften.
Yoga should feel Delicious!
I live on a slice of paradise called Mirador Springs, where my partner & I run a B&B self contained cottage, & gardens/cafe/venue. You can mix both of the above, here at this heavenly place. Check it out.
I have a great passion for personal development & love to share what has helped me along the way. Now, what helps me might just help you. If you’re in the area, get in touch.
Honor Beveridge – Friday Flow and cover teacher
I have come from a background of attending gym classes and running and cycling, all my adult life. Although I loved being active I found I was recovering less from each injury. This led to operations. During a stressful period in my life I was drawn more to yoga and began to notice the effects it had on my mind as well as the relief in the physical body.
I felt a strong calling to study Yoga in more depth.
In 2010 I began to study at The Australian Yoga Academy and obtained my advanced diploma. I also met Lucilla who became, and still is my mentor. This was one of the best decisions I have made for my own health and well being.
I am continually developing my knowledge and have attended workshops and courses here and overseas. I have experimented with some of the different types of yoga that is around. I believe however, that the most benefits come from a dedicated home practice so you can decide what is required for your own body.
I like to teach a gentle flow style of class to allow everyone to feel comfortable at their level of practice by gentle guidance and support.
Yoga is as much about the spirit and mind as it is the physical body. Like everything else, my yoga practice is constantly evolving, and I love to share the benefits with others.
From the late 1960s Clem has trained in meditation techniques in the Theravadan, Mahayana and Zen Buddhist traditions. During the 1970’s he extended his interest to the practices of Yoga and Tai Chi.
Over the last twenty years Clem has presented Tai Chi/Meditation classes at the Morwell, Moe and Churchill Neighbourhood Houses and the Gippsland Institute of TAFE. He has also presented a short course, Introduction to Zen Meditation, at Scope, Morwell and the Joy Yoga Centre, Moe.
In addition Clem is a qualified masseur; having completed his studies in Swedish Therapeutic and Myofascial Release massage at In-Touch Healing at Drouin in 2004.
His long term interest in yoga and mediation culminated in Clem undertaking the Satyananda yoga teacher training course in 2010-11. He completed his Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training in 2011.
Clem is an Accredited Satyananda Yoga Teacher and a member of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association (ATMA) as a teacher of meditation in the context of personal development and within a spiritual/religious tradition.
In 2012 he completed the Meditation Teacher Training course at the Gawler institute at Yarra junction and is qualified to deliver their Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation course.
Clem continues to develop his understanding of and explore the benefits of meditation and yoga through a dedicated home practice as well as regular attendance at workshops.
Deb Vawdrey – Cover teacher
Deb is new to the area. Previously she was living in Mornington where to practice and studied Yoga with Symphisis Yoga, completing her training in 2013.
This is what Deb has to say about Yoga:
Yoga has given me so much in the way of flexibility, strength, spiritual growth and self worth. I believe it has been the most significant influence on my life in recent years and given me a more open, accepting and loving outlook as well as improve my physical and emotional state. The people I have met through yoga have enriched my life and opened my eyes and my heart to the importance of inner growth and self love.
Yoga also provides me with balance and stress relief needed to cope with the pressures of my financial services business.
Since moving to the Gippsland region I have been blessed with many opportunities to further my teaching experience and get to know many of the wonderful people in the area who have made me feel at home in a totally new region.