ANNA JORGENSEN – FOUNDER OF THE YOGA HOUSE / SENIOR TEACHER
Her focus is to teach the benefits of yoga for everyone in a playful, happy and informative way that leaves the student with that “feel good’ vibe after her class.
KATE BONE – TEACHER
Kate has been practicing yoga since 2007 where she joined a yogalates class with her yogi mum. The relaxation and strengthening aspects of this practice alongside meeting like-minded people drew her into yoga for life…. traveling to India, living by yogic philosophy and always being anchored by a yogic practice both on the mat and in other lifestyle choices.
In 2011 she embarked on a one year intensive Ashtanga yoga teacher training program which wasn’t for the faint hearted! Kate was involved in a car accident in 2008 resulting in whiplash and lower back injuries, yoga was needed for both physical and emotional recovery. This teacher training included 10 hours of asana practice per week alongside pranayama, meditation, study of yogic philosophy and physiology of the human body. This transformational training was under the guidance of Jude Hynes of Auckland’s Yoga Academy – long term yogi and a student and friend of Sri K Pattabhi Jois.
Ashtanga yoga is traditionally a challenging yoga style practiced in a flowing way, a moving meditation. Emphasis is placed on getting on the mat with Jois’ famous quote being ‘practice practice and all is coming’. If you get on the mat change will occur in the body and mind.
At The Yoga House Kate teaches a fusion of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga meaning the class flows but emphasis is placed on preparing the body and mind for yoga practice, being in poses safely and allowing people with a variety of physical abilities to participate. Kate always remembers starting out as a yoga student… having weak wrists and the worst forward bend ever! Through many hours on the mat this has changed.
All students are invited to come along to Kate’s classes that balance effort and ease, strength and flexibility. The only prerequisite is that you come to enjoy practicing yoga in a friendly and safe environment as is The Yoga House philosophy.
RUTH GEIßLINGER – TEACHER / PRE-NATAL
Explain what it is about Yoga you love?
It makes me happy. Every time I finish a yoga set or class I notice how calm my mind is and how content I feel, it’s beautiful.
I also love how you can do yoga anywhere, you don’t need heaps of equipment and it doesn’t matter how old or in what shape you are. You can make your practice suit the moment: energizing, relaxing, working on strength or flexibility or just do some pranayama to decrease stress and calm your mind.
I love how many layers there are to discover. Just when I think now I’ve got it, I find a new aspect. It never gets boring. And it always seems to fit to what’s going on in my life.
What started you off on the Yoga path in the beginning?
I found a book on yoga in the public library when I was about 12. It was called “yoga for a strong back” and I bought a copy for myself after I had to return it. It was hard doing yoga on my own, without further instruction or a proper teacher, but I kept coming back to it. Yoga has been a part of my life ever since.
When I started working as a registered midwife in 2007, I offered ante- and postnatal care, as well as homebirths with 2 other midwives. I was especially happy to offer classes in pre- and postnatal Yoga and see the women benefit from it.
Being a mum myself now, it is and has been a wonderful journey, and I know women in my classes will benefit even more.
I’m very happy and excited to join the Yoga House team and look forward to meet lots of lovely ladies and babies.
What is your most memorable yoga moment?
Being on a one-week course about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It was a real eye-opener to me, how our mind and ego work against us if we don’t rein them in and that it is up to us to decide to do so. That’s when I realized that Yoga isn’t just a form of exercise but a way of living.
Being able to do a headstand is pretty cool, too. =)
What advice do you have for any new student?