Steven had a strong sense of spirituality from quite an early age, and although he grew up in a devoutly Christian household, he became somewhat disenfranchised in his late teens. In 1996 he first travelled to India and began to study Yoga philosophy, which expanded upon and complemented his earlier beliefs.
In 2000 he took his first Yoga asana class on the recommendation of a massage therapist he was seeing to treat a recurring shoulder injury caused by intensive rock climbing. The injury went but the Yoga stayed, and in late 2004 he was selected to undertake a two-year, one on one teacher training apprenticeship with Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy in Sydney, one of the few yoga schools in Australia still instructing teachers in this traditional way. Both Bianca and Simon are members of the Australian Physiotherapists Association, and as such Steven’s teaching integrates modern medical knowledge with the traditional forms and practices of Yoga.
Steven has also studied at length with Clive Sheridan, having attending numerous weekend workshops, a number of week-long retreats, and 2 of Clive’s 3-Week immersions in India. His other teachers include Shandor Remete, and Shyam Mishra of Varanasi. He relocated to the Illawarra in early 2008, and brings with him a genuine love of Yoga in all its forms, and a desire to share this passion with others.
Steven taught extensively with Yoga Synergy from 2005 before moving back to the Illawarra in 2008. He then taught at Younga Yoga in Wollongong for 4 years before starting the Vinyasa Yoga Studio in mid-2012. He has been a teacher and speaker on 4 weekend retreats and has also run asana workshops and adjusting workshops (for teachers).
Steven generally instructs a flowing style of asana; he places a strong focus on control of the breath, which is regarded as the subtle link between the body and mind and the key to unlocking the full potential of any yoga practice. He also teaches strong pranayama classes, and has continued to study Yoga philosophy, particularly concentrating on how we can integrate the tools of meditation and inner focus to recognize the patterns of our individual mind, and in so doing experience the joy hidden in everyday life.
Joe likes yoga. No. Actually, Joseph loves yoga. Joe's classes are firm and focused, a moving meditation to allow a calmness to wash over the body and mind.
Sarah's classes are dynamic and flowing; if you need to get your energy moving then she'll help you get it done! And all with a wicked smile and laugh. :-)
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