500 hour Yoga Alliance Trained Yoga Teacher
Tina is trained in vinyasa flow, hatha, embodied flow, yin, mindfulness, meditation and aerial yoga.
My Yoga Journey.
Following my university studies in English Literature, I took an incredible life changing trip to Costa Rica where I completed my Yoga Alliance 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. I lived and studied at the yoga farm: an eco yoga project in sustainable permaculture. It was here, that I truly discovered how good our bodies and mind are supposed to feel.
Two years later I was ready to delve deeper into new way of teaching and studying yoga. I was interested in a more embodied approach to yoga rather than just technical alignment. I completed my 200 hour Embodied Flow Teacher Training in Bali studying under Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons. Embodied flow is an integrative blend of hatha yoga, somatics, mind-body centring, movement meditations, tantric philosophy, and science. It elicits the experience of stepping into flow as meditation in action.
Yin and Meditation
In the past few years I have become more curious about slower, softer yoga practices to physically and mentally balance out my love of dynamic flow classes. I was particuarly interested in the science behind the physiological and phychological benefits of yin and meditation which led me to complete my 60 hour training in yin yoga and mediation in Peru with Yoga Medicine’s Tiffany Cruikshank and Rashmir Bashmir. In a yin yoga class poses are held for 3 - 8 minutes each. Physically it targets the fascia tissue to release deep held tension. Mentally yin yoga allows to observe, go inwards and find stillness.
For me, these practices highlight the importance of introspection, self care and looking deeply in what you need day by day, moment to moment, season to season for your own personal nourishment.
Tiffany Cruikshank and Tara Judelle are my go to teachers. They are hugely inspirational, incredible facilitators and educators of yoga. I am currently blending the two schools, yoga medicine and embodied flow in to my classes to offer the balance of both a science/medical and an embodied feeling/sensing approach.
Aerial Yoga - Follow the link at the top of the page to find out about that story!
For me, yoga is a container to explore, understand, and analyse yourself and this wonderful world we live in. It is a set of practices; asana (physical practice), pranayama (breath) meditation and philosophy to live an intelligent life of freedom, strength and connectivity. It is a continuous practice, of finding your way, being perceptive and staying connected to nature and others.
As a teacher you are always a student and as a student you are always a teacher. I grow as a teacher with every class, student, exploration, and discovery on the mat and in my life. I am simply offering my part of the yoga conversation as I know it now.