Meraki Movement.Meraki (Greek: μεράκι) noun: the soul, essence, and creativity one puts into one’s work; the essence of oneself in one’s creations.
Movement is the universe, in constant creation.
Meraki Movement is you, honouring your story, creating change.Move your body.
Lead your own movement.
The journey… When I started yoga and meditation, it was my dirty little secret. I was in my early teens, living in a small town where if you go around saying things like “vinyasa” and “namaste” people assume you’re having a stroke. I had a dog-eared copy of Iyenga’s Light on Yoga and a very retro book of women in fluorescent leotards putting their legs behind their heads. I’d lock my bedroom door, then attempt to replicate the easier looking poses…
Eleven years and many wonderful teachers later, I made my way to the front of the studio and led my first class.
The practice… The practice I lead is all about encouraging us to embrace creative possibilities and confront the beliefs we have about ourselves. It’s not about nailing insta-worthy poses (though that can be fun too). It’s about mindful embodied growth. Creating. Moving. Story-honouring. Getting groovy with the constant movement of the universe. Learning how to keep your balance in change.
It’s about opening to new ways of being, while also thinking critically. No bandwagons. No BS. Just moving from your core, creating your story.
It’s also about having fun. I teach a strong, dynamic class. I tell stories, ask thought-provoking questions, and interweave philosophical themes drawn from diverse sources such as ancient texts, poetry, and The Simpsons. (Read my take on yoga philosophy 101 here). Much of this philosophy comes from a combination of contemporary critical theory, psychology, and the nondualistic tantra shaivism traditions.
The approach…I’ve completed teacher trainings in vinyasa with Power Living Australia in 2015, Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa, and in yin with Evolve yoga. I’m also versed in somatic stress release practices (30hr level I with Dr Scott Lyons) and energetic systems (Level II reiki initiated at Orion Healing Centre). The style of practice that I share further draws on things I’ve learned at teacher development workshops and mini-trainings with Annie Carpenter, Tara Judelle, and Cassie Lee.
I greatly believe that journeys in yoga asana and yoga philosophy can be deepened through dialogue with other modalities. Gems from training in physical theatre with Zen Zen Zo and butoh with Saara Ropella (of Kimera Productions) often sneak into my yoga classes.
Meditation forms a central part of my teachings. Under the guidance of Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine, I’ve explored the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, the illuminations of contemporary cognitive studies, and the wonder of dance.
The wheres and whens…I’m currently teaching a reduced timetable while I pursue a PhD on the subject yoga has taught me most about: the mind-body-affect-story connection. Contact me for information on upcoming classes and my semi-private sessions, and follow me on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.
- 7am Saturdays: Vinaysa, Brisbane Yoga Space.
Private and small group sessions
In these sessions, I tailor a practice specifically to your needs. This might mean customised yoga asana or a combination of philosophy, goal setting, meditation, creative activities, and yoga asana. These classes can be held at your home, a park, or my home. Contact me for more information.