The End Of One Era.... The Start Of Another
Alpine Yoga has been sold and Sonya James is the proud new owner/teacher!
I am thrilled to be able to pass the studio on to Sonya. With her knowledge and kindness I feel confident that you all will be in great hands. I will continue to work with Sonya and support her throughout this transition. The studio at 10 Clyde Street will remain the same with the props and rope wall. Classes will resume in the New Year and Sonya will be in touch to advise of any timetable changes. What a wonderful Christmas gift to all!
I discovered yoga here in Jindabyne about 10 years ago, after having battled a serious health issue, which had left me very weak and frail. Yoga literally changed my life! Having found the therapeutic benefits of yoga, physically and mentally, I decided to embark on a teacher training course with John Ogivili of Byron Yoga in 2010. At the time I had no intention of becoming a teacher, I craved more understanding behind the philosophy of the Eight Limbs (knowing asana practice is just one limb) and wanted to learn more.
My training with John Ogilvili was a style called Purna, meaning integrated or complete. Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, pranayama breath control and the yogic personal and social code of ethics, intergrating all 8 limbs (Ashtanga) of yoga the way it was originally taught, more than 3000 years ago in India.
Over the past 10 years, I have been blessed having the opportunity to practise yoga in Bali and Thailand. In 2012, I began to attend workshops with Blue Mountains Ashtanga Teacher, Paul Fletching, who studied in India under the master Shi K Pattabhi Jois. His teachings have helped to develop a deeper meditative state and awareness during my own practice. Further inspiring me to incorporate this style into my own classes.
2015 brought about an opportunity to teach here in Jindabyne. Being new to teaching, I found myself quite nervous. After a few classes I soon realised the benefits of sharing this ancient method of healing and wellbeing with others. Witnessing the effect it can have on students made it all worthwhile!
The practice of yoga is intended to be joyful and to lighten the heart and mind by calming and energising. I encourage students at all levels to build flexibility, strength and stamina of body, mind and spirit. This helps bring about a deeper understanding of the key yogic values including diet and lifestyle aspirations. Many discovering that yoga becomes for them a way of life.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar