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ABOUT US

Natalie Chandler – Owner/Teacher

Carry Om Yoga - Vinyasa, Power, Pregnancy Yoga

My name is Natalie. I teach Vinyasa yoga, hot/warm Vinyasa yoga, pregnancy yoga, mum & baby yoga, yoga nidra, yin yoga, & well woman yoga in Brisbane’s bayside Wynnum-Manly – group classes to folks of all ages, mobility & experience, plus private & corporate sessions.

I’ve practiced yoga for over a decade – like many people, on & off in the early years. When I found myself living in Bali, having started my own business (more on that later), I began to hit the mat regularly in a bid to unclench body & mind. Yoga-ing in the sunshine with 270-degree views of the rice paddies wasn’t a hard sell, & during a vinyasa class at the Yoga Barn, Ubud, I remember wanting to feel like this – the very best version of myself – always.

I considered doing my teacher training, but in addition to the usual naysaying voices – ‘I’m not bendy/strong/fit/self-actualised enough’ – I was regularly working 80 hours a week (yup, even in paradise) juggling freelance writing with my new fairly-traded leather goods business. I worried that leather goods were the antithesis of ahimsa (non-harming) & that the other yogis would kick sand in my face. I pushed the idea to the very back of the highest shelf & disappeared down the rabbit hole of delicious start-up highs & crashing lows.

Fast-forward four years, I decided to call time on my business. I’d had some amazing experiences – tearing through Bali on a scooter with handbags on my handlebars high-fiving toothless grannies; working with small, family-run businesses; creating products people loved – but I also found myself £40k in debt with pay-day loaners saying ‘Thanks but no thanks’. (That’s when you know your credit rating’s seriously down the pooper.) Throughout that period, when I didn’t give myself permission to see friends, date, sleep properly or eat well, my yoga mat was the one place I showed myself kindness.

Not long after, I did a foundation course with Hot Power Yoga (now LLiV). Without really meaning to, on the last day I found myself signing up to the studio’s 200-hr yoga teacher training. Having well & truly drunk the Kool-Aid, I also undertook my pre/postnatal yoga teacher training with YogaLondon, my yoga nidra training with Uma Dinsmore Tulli’s Total Yoga Nidra, & my Baby Yoga & Well Woman Yoga training with Birthlight.

What I’d initially convinced myself would be an occasional teaching gig scheduled around a ‘proper’ job became my full-time passion. Diving headfirst into sharing yoga, I was both terrified that here I was, yet again, taking a risk on the work front while also giddy with the joyfulness of helping people show themselves kindness on the mat.

I love teaching yoga to people from all walks of life, but have a particular affinity for working with women navigating body image issues, hormonal challenges, or life-changing experiences like pregnancy and motherhood. Yoga, in all its forms, reminds us that we are so much more than the circumference of our thighs & the jut of our collarbones, that we are now & have always been ‘enough’, & that we’re powerful, primal mammals.

Do you get intimidated walking into a yoga studio? Me too. Worried your balance isn’t good enough? I’ve fallen over while standing on both feet (sober, swears). Not convinced you have the physical fitness to last an entire class? I’ve fainted mid-class only to have the teacher announce to the room that I was ‘leaking energy out of my anus’. Who knew?

My point is, if you’re breathing, yoga is for you. And that your practice doesn’t have to be perfect to be glorious. Now get your arse on the mat already.

Namaste.

Andrey Ivanov

Being a software developer I’ve always tried to balance sitting all day in front of a computer with physical activity – football, futsal, jogging, cycling.

My yoga journey began in 2011 in Bikram yoga studios as something physical to do in between football seasons. I completed my teacher training in 2016, and today I teach hot yoga (26 postures), vinyasa flow and yin.

For me, yoga is a beautiful way of being that enhances life, encourages greater focus and improves quality of mind.

Yoga keeps us strong and makes us feel good. Im happy to introduce other people to yoga in my classes, and try to make my classes dynamic and interesting.
Sharon Wilks

I became addicted to yoga when my kids were little. Juggling myriad priorities, I love the sense of calm, clarity, and balance I find one the mat and how life unfolds with more ease and grace.

With a desire to spread the love and help others feel the calm sense of balance and ease yoga gave me, I embarked on my first teacher training in hatha yoga in 2006. Since then, I’ve trained in Core Yoga and Level 2 teacher training in vinyasa, yin and yoga nidra. I’ve also participated in numerous workshops and retreats.

I’m fascinated by how what we do with our body affects our mental and emotional state. I believe yoga is the key for people to unlock a better, kinder, more fulfilled version of themselves.

Claudia Piazza

I have been gifted the experience of many cultures, countries and professions. Underlying my journey has been a seeking for the deeper truths of life and yoga has been my portal into that dimension.

I teach embodiment. My classes are designed to help people be in their bodies and to develop the awareness and ability to remain present for all of the physical sensations, emotional fluctuations and thought formations that bubble up through the layers of the body-mind during the practice.

Students are guided to refine their sensitivity and ability to listen to what is happening in their body. To use the breath to clear away the contractions and tightness they feel and the light of their awareness to peel back the layers of conditioning so that they can begin to experience with more clarity who they really are.

My style is fluid, with attention to alignment and energy. My classes are designed to leave you feeling energised, calm and serene.

Sharon

Sharon Wilks

I became addicted to yoga when my kids were little. Juggling myriad priorities, I love the sense of calm, clarity, and balance I find one the mat and how life unfolds with more ease and grace.

With a desire to spread the love and help others feel the calm sense of balance and ease yoga gave me, I embarked on my first teacher training in hatha yoga in 2006. Since then, I’ve trained in Core Yoga and Level 2 teacher training in vinyasa, yin and yoga nidra. I’ve also participated in numerous workshops and retreats.

I’m fascinated by how what we do with our body affects our mental and emotional state. I believe yoga is the key for people to unlock a better, kinder, more fulfilled version of themselves.

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