Maddy is a long-time yoga and meditation practitioner, a passionate yoga teacher, and an established visual artist and mother to three boys. She brings the essence of these diverse parts of her life to Hara—along with her genuine curiosity for the experience of being human and the things that connect us, our environment, and our unique stories, to each other.
Maddy has a continuing interest and deep commitment to the study of yoga and meditation and also pursues her curiosity for Ayurveda as a complimentary health system to yoga. Maddy’s practice is based in a belief that we are all connected to each other and our environment, and that it is therefore essential to be aware of the changing influences around us and make personal alterations in order to support and care for ourselves.
Maddy believes that spending regular time in retreat is pivotal for deepening our relationship with ourselves, and she prioritises this as a part of her commitment to her own practice and teaching.
Julia has practised yoga and meditation for many years. Her personal practice is underpinned by an integral approach to the body, breath and mind and by the idea that "Breath returns me to centre. Nature nurtures my spirit. Finding moments of stillness each day ....... These are aspirations to creating balance and harmony in my self, for my family, and towards my community."
Julia believes the diverse experiences of life as a mother, traveller, actor, drama teacher, human rights advocate and passion for living sustainably on the earth all contribute to who she is and how she works with yoga.
Her specialisation in pregnancy and postnatal yoga grew with her own experience of practising yoga through two very different pregnancies and births and it is with much joy and a deep respect for this time in a woman's life that Belly Bliss Yoga was created.
Julia takes every opportunity to further her study and deepen her own practice and with gratitude honours the wise and generous teachers from whom she has learnt over the years both in yogic and buddhist traditions.
For more information about Belly Bliss please follow the link http://www.bellyblissyoga.com.au/
Jo is delighted to offer regular classes at Hara.
Jo's teaching is informed by a strong background in safe alignment principles and inspired by the tantric philosophies of yoga. Her practices focus on the enjoyment of our embodied awareness and remembering our own basic goodness.
You do not have to be good...
You simply have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
- Mary Oliver"