Teacher Interview: KeiShana Coursey

Teacher Interview: KeiShana Coursey

KeiShana is the course director of our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training starting in July - just a couple of months away! This is a 100+ hour teacher training collaboration between Opti-mum and Contemporary Yoga and includes anatomy, physiology, asana, Ayurveda and...
Teacher Interview: Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal on Restorative Yoga

Teacher Interview: Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal on Restorative Yoga

In this interview, Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal share their passion for Restorative Yoga with their fellow teacher and our Contemporary Yoga administrator, Sandy Farquhar.

Neal: In essence, Restorative Yoga is a well-being practice. Of course all Yoga may be about well-being. Restorative Yoga is distinguished by the conscious use of props such as Yoga bolsters, blankets, blocks and more, to support the physical body.

Teacher Interview: Michaela Sangl

Teacher Interview: Michaela Sangl

This week’s interview is with Michaela Sangl – one of the most experienced teachers of yoga for children in New Zealand and the founder of Yogi Kids Professional Development.

Her primary focus is now sharing her wealth of knowledge with educators, yoga teachers, practitioners and caregivers.

Graduate Interview: Madeleine Lifsey

Graduate Interview: Madeleine Lifsey

We begin a series of Contemporary Yoga Training graduate interviews. Our first graduate interviewee is Madeleine Lifsey.

Madeleine completed her Contemporary Yoga 200 hour teacher training during 2020. She offers body-positive, rainbow-inclusive, inquiry-based children’s yoga over Zoom on Outschool.

An Interview with Amy Matthews and Olive Bieringa, with Karla Brodie

An Interview with Amy Matthews and Olive Bieringa, with Karla Brodie

Yoga teacher and trainer, Karla Brodie talks with Body-Mind Centering (BMC) educators Olive Bieringa and Amy Matthews during a BMC somatic movement education programme in Melbourne, Australia, February 2020.

Karla: Thank you for being here. Every morning of training we’re starting the day with a warm up so I have a few warm up questions for you both.

Amy: Okay.

Building Resilience – an interview with Donna Farhi

Building Resilience – an interview with Donna Farhi

In November 2020, in preparation for her January 2021 workshop in Auckland, Donna Farhi and I talked about resilience. We share the highlights of this interview below in a few shorter extracts.

What is resilience?
Resilience, self-love and care
Resilience and vulnerability
Resilience tools

Building Resilience with Donna Farhi

Building Resilience with Donna Farhi

Resilience is the capacity to bounce back that is dependent on having invested in one’s fitness over an extended period. Here, world-renown Yoga teacher of teachers shares what resilience means to her, and how we may develop a resilience as we face difficult times.

Creating Calm in Changing Times with Ayurveda (with delicious Chai recipe)

Creating Calm in Changing Times with Ayurveda (with delicious Chai recipe)

As we re-emerge from lockdown, we are stepping out into the midst of changing times. The seasonal change is upon us as autumn transitions into winter and we are all navigating impacts of coronavirus in our lives and worldwide.

Ayurvedic wisdom brings us back to balance with tips to soothe and strengthen body, mind, heart and soul.

Amy also offers a delicious Autumn Chai recipe!

The Power Of Your Authentic Voice

The Power Of Your Authentic Voice

Have you ever been told you can’t sing?

For those of us who have, there are a few paths we consciously, or unconsciously, choose: we either stop singing, or we contain our singing to the shower or car, or to when we’ve consumed the right amount of alcoholic beverages to let ourselves belt out the anthems of our youth.

Yet in my work, my voice is one of my most important tools I use in teaching Yoga. It’s not just what I say, but how I say it. Here I share my journey with reclaiming the power of my unique voice.

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