Featured Teacher: Natasha
A former Public Relations guru, Natasha now channels her learnings through yoga. She first discovered it as a calmer form of exercise during pregnancy and hasn't looked back since. A firm believer in widening one's horizons for self-improvement, she rejoices in teaching yoga because it challenges her to share and explore new ideas with her students.
Where are you originally from?
I come from Melbourne, Australia.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching formally for almost a year.
Who was your very first yoga teacher and what was he/she like?
My first yoga teacher was an experienced yogi from India. He was a very enthusiastic teacher, who inspired me to continue practising.
How long have you been practising?
I have been practising yoga for the past two years.
Originally, what attracted you to yoga?
When I was pregnant with my first child I wanted to continue being active but needed to find a less strenuous form of exercise -- yoga seemed the perfect choice.
What motivates you to practise today?
Knowing the benefits of continued practice motivates me to keep up my daily routine.
How would you describe your personal practice?
I practise as much as possible, even if it means a short 10-minute session.
Before you became a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I taught English and worked as a media consultant in Public Relations.
What do you love about teaching?
I love sharing the benefits of yoga with as many people as possible. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction watching people grow physically and mentally with yoga.
What do you find challenging about teaching?
Opening up people's minds to new ideas, and building their confidence and strength, as they deepen their yoga practice.
Describe your ideal class (as a teacher).
A group of people who are open to learning about and developing themselves, through their yoga practice.
Describe a class that you would find challenging or difficult (as a teacher).
A class in which students have closed minds, and find it difficult to let go of fixed beliefs and embrace new teachings.
What teacher has had the biggest impact on your practice?
I think all of my teachers have had an impact on my practice in some way. It is difficult to single out a particular individual.
What is your most embarrassing moment in the studio (as a teacher or student)?
Thankfully, nothing that I can recall.
Where is the strangest place you've practised yoga?
I haven't practised in any strange places yet!
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
A lot! I practise and have been teaching Pilates, and I exercise regularly. I believe in holistic health and maintain a healthy diet. Being the mother of two small children, I am greatly involved in their personal development.
Describe your most profound yoga experience.
I remember being in a class filled with wonderful people, who were being led by a great teacher. During the sun salutations I felt as if I was floating, and that feeling stayed with me throughout the whole practice.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
I would probably be involved in the field of mind and body health in some way.