Long term meditation student of Dean Das, Siddha Nath lineage
Qualified teacher of Sivananda Hatha Yoga - with Joy Spencer
Certificate in Prescriptive Yoga Therapy - with Leigh Blashki
Certificate in Applying Polyvagal Theory to Therapeutic Yoga - with Dr Arielle Schwartz
Further training with Donna Farhi, TKV Desikachar, AG Mohan and Indra Mohan, Louisa Sears, and Graeme and Leonie Northfield.
Masters Degree in Womens Studies, University of Melbourne
End of Life Doula Training - Certificate of Completion, 2016, Melbourne
An eternal student and mother of two teenager children, Fiona has been teaching yoga and meditation for 23 years. She was the recent owner of Williamstown Yoga Studio (2009-2019), taught and mentored on the CAE Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching for seven years (2001-2007), has facilitated annual Yoga Retreats in Bali for the past 20 years, and she also has experience teaching in various community and corporate settings, including voluntarily at the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre.
Constantly evolving as a teacher, and with experience of many different yoga styles and traditions, Fiona weaves together a cohesive and integrated heart-centred approach to yoga and meditation. Her classes blend internally reflective practices with conscious breathing and gentle vinyasa (flowing) sequences, meditation, relaxation and yogic philosophy.
A key focus of Fiona’s classes is to assist students to delve beneath the outer layers of the self to reconnect with their true, natural, authentic selves – in other words, to come home - with loving care and tenderness.
Fiona writes: “To me, yoga is not only an amazing and wonderful journey of self-discovery, but an opportunity to ‘wake up’, to become more conscious of everything in life – the way we breathe, the way we move, the way we relate to ourselves and others, what we consume (eat, watch, read), and the way our minds work.
Yoga is not just something I do ‘on the mat’, but a way of life, something I have now integrated into every aspect of my existence, including how I parent my children.
When I was first introduced to yoga in the 1990s, I was not so interested in the physical benefits, but was searching for something to help me cope with the stress and anxiety (and a perfectionist streak!) of completing a Master’s Thesis. Yoga continues to assist me in navigating the challenges and uncertainties of life, whilst also helping to keep my mind strong, clear, centered and focused. My heart continues to open to the world, so that I feel a great deal of tenderness, love and compassion for all, as I start to experience everything ‘outside’ of me, as not separate from me. And my body remains firm, strong, grounded and healthy. I must admit that I am still endeavouring to let go of the perfectionist streak!
I now view yoga as a life-long journey and I am delighted and humbled to be able to share my love of yoga with students and my two children.
This quote, by yoga teacher Judith Lasater, sits above my desk and captures beautifully how I too, feel about teaching yoga: ‘I like to say that I teach for myself and practice for my students…I teach what is in my heart. I try to let go of my fears that I might not be teaching what they want…Instead, I offer the teaching as my gift…[and] I try to focus on my personal practice as a learning experience that will allow me to share yoga more purely with my students. This attitude helps me to remember to teach and practice in the spirit of yoga’ (2000).”
Fiona is grateful to all the teachers that have, and continue to, inspire her, including: Dean Das, Joy Spencer, Leigh Blashki, Susanne Calman, Louisa Sears, Greg and Tracy Cooper, Frank Jesse and Robert Byrne. Fiona is also deeply grateful for what she continues to learn from her students.
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