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About Sophie

I grew up by the ocean in a small town on the Mid North Coast and from a young age was instilled with a great love for the ocean, nature and the land.

After backpacking throughout South America, Asia and Europe, I returned to Australia in my early twenties moving to Sydney to study Journalism at Sydney University.

After a few years of living a really busy and fast paced life, working full time in the media industry I felt like I was skimming the surface and there was more I wanted to be doing.  I started to practice yoga and meditation – practicing initially for the physical benefits and seeking relief from stress and fatigue, I was surprised how quickly I started to feel the effects on a much deeper level.   Apart from feeling physically healthy, my mind started to become much clearer and I noticed how this sense of increased clarity, spaciousness and ultimately sweetness was rippling through all the other areas of my life.

Too good to ignore, I followed the feeling, left left my full time job and travelled to Bail to study intensively with Yoga Arts underneath Louisa Sear and Lucy Roberts.

Never having looked back, this wild and wonderful adventure has taken me around the world where I have learnt from some truly remarkable teachers and teachings.   I have deep gratitude for my teachers  Clive Sheridan, Louisa Sear, Lucy Roberts,  Mikela Gabrielides and Edo and Jo Kahn for sharing their wisdom, devotion and love for the traditional teachings of Yoga – whether rooted in Hindu, Bhakti or Tantric traditions. 

Early in 2015 on retreat in India I was blessed to meet a remarkable teacher, Sri Sakti Amma whose simple but powerfully profound teachings of love, service and compassion to all has supported me on a new level.  Since returning home from this trip, my passion to share these teachings and tools of yoga for service and yoga for therapy has become a major influence in the work I want to do.

It’s been a hugely humbling and rewarding experience being able to explore this through working for A Sound Life – a Sydney based charity bringing music, yoga and meditation as free services to underprivileged and vulnerable communities.  It’s largely through this work with ASL that I’ve learnt to relish the richness of this unique human experience.  To touch all moments – the beautiful and the challenging and to share this love with all that we come across.

I’m so grateful to be able to share my own experiences and learnings on this path so far.  I hope that if one day we meet, I can assist you in exploring what these powerful practices can bring to you on your own journey.

 

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Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,

the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings 

~ Rumi

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