Creator, Owner, Yoga Teacher
Styles – Hatha, Restorative, Vinyasa, Contemporary
What is yoga to me?
Yoga is action (‘Karma’ in Sanskrit terms)… the action we take as humans to arrive in the present moment involving our mind, body or soul or all of the above. We have the opportunity to connect and immerse ourselves into a state that is often hard to access in our busy lives. Through the power of yoga anyone can achieve that ‘feel good factor’ and I encourage people to explore and discover their potential while being mindful of their individual needs. It’s an ongoing learning process… learning to breathe, move, become present and still, be mindful or meditative… yoga is not just about practising postures (‘asanas’ in Sanskrit terms)… it is a journey for all your senses that is sure to affect your mental and physical well-being in a positive light.
As a passionate teacher, my goal is to guide you through your own journey, giving you freedom to practise yoga that suits your needs and goals. Combining traditional and contemporary yoga which incorporates a variety of styles with an emphasis on awareness of anatomical alignment and ease of movement. Classes themes, content and style vary every 2 weeks giving you the opportunity to explore different postures, movement sequences, and breath awareness. Guided mindfulness and meditation are also incorporated into each class giving your body the opportunity to relax and calm the ‘monkey mind’. In a holistic sense, I aim to offer students a little bit of respite from our everyday lives… even if it’s only for an hour, but with consistent practice you will reap many more benefits (e.g. increase of strength, mobility, flexibility, de-stressing, and the list goes on). At the end of the day, I always encourage people “to listen to your body’s needs and this is your yoga”!
I have been doing ‘stretching’ and ‘strengthening’ pretty much my entire life in a multitude of elite level competitive sports: gymnastics, pole sport, cheerleading and acrobatics. After pushing my body to extremes for 30+ years, enduring multiple injuries, surgeries, and continued battles with ankylosing spondylitis my body told me it had had enough. So, I found solace in Yoga and have been practising for a number of years. It has given me the opportunity to remain mobile, manage my ailments, and create a purpose for myself again. It has also opened up the possibility to practise mindfulness and relaxation… ultimately calming my often busy ‘monkey mind’. It has created a new sense of positive well-being that now resonates throughout my life.
I also knew in my heart my career path needed to take a new course, but just didn’t know what or how. In 2018, I had a ‘light bulb moment’ and thought that I could combine my 18 years of teaching experience along with my enthusiasm for nurturing the mind and body and share this with the wider community. So, I decided to quit my ‘day job’, qualify as yoga teacher (200RYT), and create a purpose built yoga studio… a truly serene space where the community can experience an aesthetically peaceful environment to practise a variety of yoga in.
Karma is my real name, so naturally I have called it Yoga by Karma. However, it is not only a name to me or my studio, but a belief in what goes around comes around… being good to your mind, body and soul could only resonate positive well-being through the rest of your life and others.
- 200RYT at Contemporary Yoga, Auckland, New Zealand
- 20hrs of training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI Yoga Program, 2019
- 25hrs L1 Yoga for Fertility, Baby Bliss Yoga, Australia, 2021
- 65hrs Prenatal and Yoga Teacher Training postnatal Yoga with Bliss Baby Yoga, Australia 2022
- ExerciseNZ SMEAEP endorsed yoga teacher
- Registered with REPs
- Comprehensive First Aide
- 3+ years. Contact yoga teaching hours (10-16hours/week)
- Bachelor of Arts in English, Theatre and Film
- Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honors
- Certificate in English Language teaching to adults.
- On-going life-long learning & research into evidence-based practices
- Rehabilitation coach
- Gymnastics coach & choreographer
- Youth respite care worker
- Private speech & language therapist & tutor
- Academic lecturer & programme coordinator
- English language teacher
- And all the rest 🙂
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– My dearest parents, Gina & Paul Rae
Yoga Teacher- Styles: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga & Aerial Yoga
What is yoga to me?
For me yoga is a holiday from the rush of everyday life that I can experience and retreat to everyday if I want. It’s a space where I am encouraged and taught to focus on the present, focus on breathing and stillness, really tune into my body and come away from the experience feeling both calmer and re-energised. My goal is to encourage this space holding and reprieve within the classes that I teach.
My practice started as a teenager, looking for something to keep my body active, that wasn’t competitive sports. It quickly went from just a physical practice to a full body and mind journey that kept me balanced through intensive aerial circus training and 5 years of backpacking, which still teaches me new lessons all the time. Having experienced the benefits a consistent yoga practice had on my physical, mental and spiritual health, inspired me to deepen my understanding and do yoga teacher training in India in my early 20’s. Now, being at a stage where I am able to facilitate and create a space to help others on their yoga journey, where they can experience some stillness and relaxation is such a blessing for me.
- Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200)
- Comprehensive First Aid
- Yoga Alliance International Registered
- REP’s Registered
“You are the universe in ecstatic motion” – Rumi
Yoga Teacher- Styles: Yin, Ashtanga & Restorative
What is Yoga to Me?
Yoga to me is a holistic medicinal movement that reconnects mind body and spirit. The word yoga also means “to yolk” or “union”. For me, I find yoga constantly brings me back into union and balance with myself, calming my mind, harmonizing my body and allowing me to connect to my spirit or soul. It is my belief that yoga is the balm our chaotic and often disconnected modern world is very much in need of.
I experienced my first yoga class when I was 18 and at university studying nursing. The classes were taught at a gym I was going to and I remember becoming quite intrigued by the postures and movement with breath. I had done rhythmic gymnastics as a youngster and Pilates during high school so I was familiar with my body in some ways. However, yoga brought in aspects of the self and the mind and connected philosophy and lifestyle as well as medicine to moving the body. I was hooked.
A few years later I found Ashtanga yoga which I loved and later Yin yoga which may have been the yoga that changed my life the most. Being a type-A personality, working as an emergency nurse for years and growing up in a very busy household had set me up with many patterns resulting in depletion. Yin yoga began to restore me in profound ways and I have been sharing yin with others since 2015 when I moved from Sydney to Cairns after meeting my now husband. I began sharing simple Yin yoga classes from our very large veranda and later opened up a small studio in the hills above the city. My incredible Ashtanga teacher began teaching classes as well and has continued on with the wee studio in the rainforest to this day.
I have always had an interest in health and health philosophies and I have continued to pursue ongoing self-study in Chinese medicine, and the more Daoist concepts of yin yoga, meridians, Qigong energy therapy and Chinese and western herbal and nutritional therapy. All of these interests blend synergistically together in the background behind the bodywork of yoga.
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” – Hermes Trismegistus
Yoga Teacher – Styles: Hatha, Slow Flow, Restorative
What is Yoga to Me?
To me, yoga is an ancient self-care practice, an act of exploration by which we come to know ourselves more completely in body, mind and spirit. The practice of yoga is also an opportunity to move through discomfort and into growth and has helped me through many transitions in my life. When we move mindfully in yoga, we can shift energies that become concentrated or stagnant within our bodies, allowing us to live with more clarity and ease.
As a teacher, my intention is to hold space for you to journey within and experience the true joy of yoga for yourself.
I found yoga, or should I say, yoga found me, while I was studying at university. Sitting for so long and staring at a computer screen each day was draining my life-force energy. I started watching YouTube yoga videos and practicing in my room with a floor space barely bigger than my mat. I had no ‘yoga gear’, the cheapest mat I could find at the time, and a yearning to move my body. After gaining a bit of confidence, I started a student trial at a yoga studio, and fell in love from there. Yoga has kept me grounded throughout my daily life ever since.
I particularly enjoy Hatha yoga, which has a focus on balancing the energies in the body. I also love Yin and Restorative yoga, which allows me to quiet the swirl of thoughts in my head and let go of any tension.
I have a passion for learning about human behaviour and have studied Psychology for 4 years. Having always been a spiritual person, I understand the importance of mind-body-spirit practices, such as yoga, for positive wellbeing and I hope to integrate some of my academic knowledge with the beautiful ancient teachings of yoga.
Since I started practicing yoga, I am more patient and compassionate, with myself and others. I am more intentional and mindful with my actions. I feel more connected to the world within me and around me. I have learned over time that yoga is not just a physical practice, it is about how you choose to show up for yourself, which shapes how you show up in the world, too.
- 100hr Hatha Yoga Teaching Qualification
- Bachelor of Science with Honours (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Arts (Major: Psychology, Minor: Gender Studies)
“The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke