The profiles I publish from Hot Yoga’s two studios (Nelson & Wellington), the more I realise how blessed we are in New Zealand with a diverse range of yoga teachers.
Teachers have come from all different walks of life, and most emphasize that yoga is about far more than asana.
Andrea credits pregnancy with helping her make that initial leap, and her home practice demonstrates the power of yoga when we take it off the mat and into our moment by moment lives.
1. What style of yoga do you practice and where do you teach?
A fusion of influences from my journeys to far including; Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa flow, and most deeply Anusara. I teach at Wellington’s Hot Yoga of New Zealand.
2. How did you come to yoga?
Fresh from Theatre School, looking for a way to continue an embodied practice, and it gave me way more then I asked for.
3. When did the yoga bug really get you?
When I was pregnant with my first baby and couldn’t do most of the postures anymore. I finally realized that yoga was much more then physical asana.
4. How has yoga transformed your life?
It brings me home.
Back to my heart, my breath, and my connection to grace.
It has taught me the need for light, the essence of joy and the beauty of peace.. .and better then all of that, it has taught me how to feel that in every one around me.
5. What is your home practice like?
Planting seeds in my garden with my two year old, cooking for my family, seeing and being still with the love of my life.
Breathing when in conflict, witnessing growth all around me, and resting in my blessings every night.
6. When people ask you, “What is Yoga?”, what do you say?
Engaging in life.
Committing to the brave act of presence, every day. And as the wise ones say:
Practice is the path to Mastery.
7. What can people expect from one of your classes?
To find something wonderful about themselves.
To laugh, and enjoy being in a room of like minded souls. To work hard, find great strength, to feel deep tissues coming to life, and yet soften at the same time. We lengthen and open, connect and embrace the beauty of this human body we have been graced with.
8. What do you love most about teaching yoga?
All of this!!
9. What do you wish everybody knew about yoga?
10. What role do you see yoga playing in our world?
11. Anything else you’d like to say?
12. And finally, how do people find you?
I’m at Hot Yoga of New Zealand, located at 250 Wakefield Street (corner of Tory and Wakefield) here in Wellington. Give us a call on 04 801 9642.