I am a qualified IYA*, IYTA* and Heart of Yoga Assoc. teacher with 40 years study and teaching experience. I lived and taught yoga at Sivananda Ashram (Beacon Yoga Centre, Fremantle) for 9 years where I was a student of Swami Venkatesananda and completed the first IYTA training to be offered in WA. Venkatesa worked hard to ensure that all of us, his students, received a complete training in the Eight Limbs of Yoga (astanga). After Venkatesa’s death, I continued my yoga studies with Sri TKV Desikachar and other senior teachers from the Krishnamacarya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai India, focussing on the study of vedic chant and yoga cikitsa (yoga therapy). In the mid-90s I met and travelled to India with Mark Whitwell to further my studies again at KYM & subsequently with Mark in Perth, Melbourne & Bali. Since 1994, I have been fortunate to receive profound meditation and compassion teachings from Tibetan master, Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibetan Book of Living & Dying) and other Buddhist masters, including Tsoknyi and Mingyur Rinpoches, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Pema Chodron & Dzigar Kongtrul. These teachings are the inspiration behind the Centre for Wisdom & Compassion Studies in Albany.
“I feel an immense gratitude to my teachers who had the patience to transmit the yoga & wisdom teachings of India & Tibet to me. The teachings have blessed my life with a deep understanding that informs all aspects of my life, transforming it into an ongoing path of discovery and wonder.”
My love of sacred sound culminated in the release of a guided CD for students in 1999, The Healing Sounds of Vedic Chant.
In December 2002, after many requests from students, I released a daily yoga practice CD for those wishing to establish a home practice – Do Your Yoga Bless Your Life. Tracks from this CD are available for download.
*IYA – Integral Yoga Association
*IYTA – International Yoga Teachers’ Association
I salute my precious teachers who constantly inspire and guide my work