SONYA JAMES

Principal Teacher

I  discovered yoga here in Jindabyne in 2006,  after having battled a serious health issue, which had left my physical body quite 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 as yoga had completely transformed my body and mind.

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. 

Since my introduction to yoga I have been blessed having the opportunity to practice yoga in Bali and Thailand.   In 2012, I began to attend workshops with Blue Mountains Ashtanga Teacher, Paul Frechtling, who studied in India under the master Sri 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.

The practice of yoga is intended to be joyful and to lighten the heart and mind by calming and energizing. 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


CARMEN JEREB

Casual Teacher

I have been in the “movement industry” since I was 10 years old. After 11 years of studying contemporary dance in Romania, I decided to share my passion for the movement of body by becoming a dance teacher while studying at university.

After emigrating to Australia I discovered yoga, initially in Sydney but more so after relocating permanently to Canberra. I have practiced yoga for the last several years and in January 2017 I completed my Level 1 (285 hours) Vinyasa Flow certified teacher training. 

Yoga allowed me to rediscover myself and my passion for dance and movement. Initially I found yoga to be just a physical practice, but soon I discovered its true nature.  The connection of my true essence – mind, body and spirit.  Yoga is a transformation of the self, through the self, to the self.  I feel blessed to share this awareness and mindfulness towards one’s inner self and inner happiness during my classes.