Inward Yoga is a space for women to come together in ritual as we honour Universal rhythms, the divine feminine and the power of connection.
Our Western culture defines living as being more, doing more, on the endless spiral of busyness, hustling to move forward. Almost as soon as we strike one item off the ever-expanding to-do list, something else almost immediately replaces it. This habituated tendency is exhausting and oftentimes devoid of meaning. The cost is great. We begin to suffer. Our posture, mobility and strength become compromised with short-term and long-term pain manifesting in the body. We may regularly experience the unhelpful and unhappy by-products of mental fatigue, overwhelm, anxiety and sustained periods of high levels of stress. And yet we accept this as being the norm. That this is ‘the way it is’. The energetic pendulum swings too far one way, resulting in an imbalance. Our inherent masculine energy becomes dominant as we live from the head in a structured, results oriented world.
Drawing on the timeless healing art of yoga and the power of Eastern philosophies, we begin sowing seeds of consciousness to call in a life lived with a greater sense of presence, ease and joy. Meeting our practice and life from a receptive feminine space of gentleness, intuition and expression, we begin to harmonise the body, mind and soul, cultivating a meaningful connection to ourselves, which ripples outward to the world around us. As a result, we are better resourced to face and even welcome times of challenge, as the teachings of yoga invite us to embody a greater sense of acceptance and perspective, as we recognise the transient nature of life.
Ultimately our practice amplifies how we live in the world. With conscious awareness, we can begin to remember who we are as we reset from the busyness of life and invite our over-stimulated nervous systems to settle.
Yoga classes for women, nestled amongst the beauty of a private home studio in Beaconsfield Upper.
These days, it is not uncommon to be living with high levels of stress, pain, chronic conditions and/or injuries. If you are experiencing any of these conditions or injuries, please feel free to contact Kristie to discuss which classes may be best suited, and to find out how these presentations can be accommodated in class.
For the past ten years or so, I have woven the teachings and practice of yoga into my life. My dedicated practice has gifted me a deeper understanding of myself, others and the environment in which we live. This gentle, loving connection has shown me how to live responsively, consciously and how to find harmony with what is, moment-to-moment, in the ever-changing nature of life (of course, all of this is a continual work in progress!)
This connection and reverence for myself has not always been there and was borne from a sense of great disconnection. For as long as I can remember, I had always felt uncomfortable in my skin. I felt out of place in life, as though I was on the outside looking in. I felt incredibly shy, introverted, lacking in confidence, uncertain and insecure. I was completely unskilled and unaware of how to meet my hypersensitive nature. I continually looked outward, deferring my power to others, somehow hoping that something or someone would resolve the discord I experienced.
I explored a brief connection with the incredible practice of yoga in my late teens, however found sitting with the intensity of my emotions intolerable. This further alienated me, pushing me further away from my centre and inner compass. Yoga became a distant memory. I quite unconsciously found myself on a path of self-destruction, and in a misplaced effort to move further away from myself, I moved overseas in my early 20’s as I further explored my career as a Flight Attendant. Always pushing myself to be better and do better, I achieved a wonderful career highlight as a VIP Flight Attendant, working on a private jet based out of the Middle East. I worked, travelled and partied hard, living a lifestyle of indulgence and extravagance which only compounded the sense of disconnection, anxiety and unhappiness I experienced. The perfect fuel for a downward spiral.
Not surprisingly during my time overseas, my hypersensitivity became increasingly heightened and yet paradoxically I continued to push and achieve. I was creating a façade of who I thought I should be, instead of honouring who I was at my core.
During a period of downtime overseas, and in a rare moment of acknowledging my inner voice, I reconnected with yoga and began to once again teeter around the edges. I became close enough to acknowledge my shadow but not close enough to befriend to her. In my late 20’s, I returned to Australia. Yoga and meditation became a lifestyle experiment to better understand my hypersensitive nature and anxious tendencies which were beginning to tell in my physical body through chronic pain. This sweet, simple and quiet agreement I made to connect with my body, breath and intense emotions just once a week began to pique a deeper curiosity, calling me back to the practice and ultimately back to myself.
Life began to settle. I began to find my inner anchor. Tending to myself with compassion, kindness and forgiveness, I realised I needed to turn inward to experience the acceptance, self-love, sense of belonging and enough-ness I was so busily searching outwardly for.
These days, I have the incredible honour of being mum to two adorable, lively souls – Louis and Matisse, quite possibly my two greatest teachers. I am wife to a wisdom-filled, light-hearted tradie. Bee guardian. Lover of the outdoors – the bushland and the ocean. Faltering green-thumb. Dear friend to myself and others.
In the studio, I am a highly skilled, experienced, intuitive, perceptive and welcoming teacher. My nurturing teaching draws on the philosophy of yoga and my lived experiences, a passion for mindfulness, functional movement and the healing art of yoga nidra. I create a safe and welcoming space, guiding students to settle into their unique experience as it unfolds on the mat and how this flows into and is borne, from life itself. I empower students to move according to their unique rhythms and structure and in doing so, to rediscover who they are at their essence.
Australian Yoga Academy Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training (2013) 350 hours
Foundations of Yoga, Simon Borg-Olivier, Yoga Synergy (2013)
Applied Anatomy and Physiology with Simon Borg-Olivier Yoga Synergy (2014)