Yoga found Mick 8 yrs ago. As a result of injuries and the ensuing problems Mick found himself trapped on the medical treadmill with the professionals sucking him dry financially with their promises of relief. A masseuse Mick had turned through utter desperation told him that only he could fix his ailments and suggested Yoga.
He spent the next 2 years struggling with Ashtanga. He just placed himself up the back of the room and with the loving, slow, patient guidance of his first teacher the love affair began. She was a no fuss teacher. 3 times a week she would go through the Sanskrit names of the asana and call the breath. Slowly slowly slowly my teacher began to adjust and assist and encourage and just as slowly space began to permeate my body and into my life.
Now I am a Jivamukti teacher. In the same style of my first teacher I try to love, encourage, nurture and teach the students who come to class. I believe you only teach what you yourself can do. Knowledge can be a dangerous thing which enslaves us and stops us progressing as teachers. It can rob us of our ability to connect to the source of all things. My message to students, find yourself a teacher and develop a relationship.
Benjamin has been a regular practitioner of yoga for over 10 years, and believes that our yoga practice is an opportunity to access and heal the hidden parts of ourselves that limit our ability to live free and happy lives.
Drawing upon both ancient wisdom and modern science, students are guided through a dynamic sequence that encourages them to befriend and focus the mind, re-connect with the physical body, and become truly present within each moment as it unfolds. Trained in the style of Power vinyasa yoga, Benjamin aims to challenge the ego, explore self limiting belief patterns, and invigorate your mind, body, and spirit!
I was seventeen when my journey with Yoga began. It was at a small Shala located in the bush outside of Sydney with an old and very small Indian woman, who had a fierce wit, strong practice and taught me all about Tapas (heat/fire/austerity). I felt both challenged and nurtured by the experience; the resonance was strong. Soon after I met a teacher closer to home and have been on the journey for over thirteen years. I am blessed to have learnt from and practiced with some amazing and inspiring Yogis along the way.
It was ten years into my journey that I began sharing what I had learnt. It is important to me to explore and uphold the ancient traditions of Yoga and also to revel in the feeling of it- whether it a feeling of bliss, or challenge. It's the being- in yoga that allows us to transcend the masking qualities of the mind. For me, Yoga is not about gaining, but rather stripping away what is not serving (which is not always easy!). Through teaching and sharing Yoga, I witness transformations, and even in the simplest forms it's a joy to see someone who once sat in states of discomfort sit with ease.
My teaching is a dynamic style of flowing Hatha Yoga with pranayama and meditation intertwined throughout the practice to rejuvenate the body and spark the divine within.