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I am an experienced Secondary teacher, also having 2 years experience in a leadership role teaching Positive Psychology at a tough Western Sydney High School. More recently I have become a qualified Yoga teacher and Holistic Health Coach. My teaching career has highlighted the the importance of supporting students to build resilience and their capacity to develop a growth mindset, so that their experience of high school is maximised and sets them up for their best life outside of school. I see school as an intervention site for issues like stress and mental health challenges.

Building our students’ capacity to become self regulating and emotionally intelligent young adults is paramount. I fundamentally believe that our youth need help navigating the inner workings of their minds, habits and beliefs about themselves so that they can approach their education and life with mindfulness and awareness. This support will help to cultivate sustainable living habits and self empowerment. I believe that a holistic approach to education is the key to cultivating optimal health and wellness in our youth, so that they become lifelong learners, self-study through reflection and become functioning global citizens that our 21st Century world needs.

This said, I offer my expertise and practical strategies in stress management, mindfulness, health and wellness tips for a sharper mind, improved self-concept and positive relationships. I have outlined two available options:

FAMILY YOGA Wednesday night

This class runs every 2nd week.

Classes are 60 minutes long (one class per fortnight, for 5 weeks).

Always with a intention on safety, we build focus & mindfulness, to self and within the family.

In each class you will move in a variety directions, building proprioception, mobility & focus. You will also practice a variety of breathing techniques (pranayama) & relaxation/meditation.

There may even be some group/family activities too!

 

Term 1 Starts 12/02/20 - 08/04/20

Term 2 Starts 06/05/20 - 24/06/20

Term 3 Starts 29/07/20 - 23/09/20

Term 4 Starts 23/10/20 - 16/12/20

$130 - 1 parent & 1 child 

$160 - 1 parent & 2 children

Casual class $30 -1 parent, 1 child or $37 -1 parent, 2 children.

KIDS YOGA (6-9 yrs old) Monday afternoon

Classes are 40 minutes long (one class per week for 8 weeks).

Yoga for kids has a strong focus on safety, cultivating mindfulness and the ability to be reflective. In each class, your child builds their proprioception, balance & ability to focus. They will also practice a variety of breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation & meditation. 

 

Term 1 Starts 1/02/20 - 29/03/21

Term 2 Starts 26/04/20 - 15/06/21

Term 3 Starts 19/07/20 - 6/09/21

Term 4 Starts 11/10/20 - 6/12/21

Active Kids Vouchers also accepted. 

Use the code ACTIVE KIDS at checkout to book & pay with your voucher. You will be emailed with a request for a copy of the unused voucher & date of birth to complete the transaction. 

$85     Casual class $10

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BLISS NIGHT

Yin & Restorative Yoga experience

2021 dates:  

Saturday 17th of July

Saturday 7th August

Saturday 4th September

Hi Gorgeous people! 


Are you tired, overworked, and needed by everybody all the time? Do you need some YOU time!?

 

Introducing an evening of BLISS. An experience that is so divine, you'll want to do it again & again.

 

I'll guide you through a beautifully restful & equally rejuvenating Yin & Restorative Yoga experience. All you have to do is show up & let the bliss vibes flow!

 

Relax with gentle yoga, unwind & chat with friends & new people. And enjoy delicious plant based treats & herbal tea.

Sound like bliss?

 

I'm making this an intimate gathering, only 10 people tops. So get in fast!

 

Silence is golden! So, maybe you would like to come half an hour early to enjoy peace & quiet before it all get started. You can chill in the studio. Perhaps read a book, have a tea, journal, meditate or take an extra long savasana! It's totally up to you.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 90+ minute yoga 

  • plant based treats & herbal tea

Join: 5:30 pm (If you would love silent time) or join by 5:55pm

Start: 6:00 pm

Finish: 8:00 pm (ish)

To follow health & safety procedures within Covid-19 guidelines, please bring your own mat & props where possible. Once you have booked & paid, an email of what to bring will be sent closer to the date of the event.

Price: $40

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FREE TEEN'S YOGA CLASS: April 28th 5-6pm

Hello Teen parents!

If you are new here, I'm Ash. I have 10 years experience working with our sweet teen's, our future leaders & global citizens.

I know life with teen's can feel like a whirlwind, I've spent 10 years with them in my High School teaching career. But I'm sure you can remember what it was like when you were a teen yourself?! I don't think many of us would want to do it again (or only maybe if we knew what we know now right!)​

I offer a safe & fun space for teen's to move their body mindfully, cultivate compassion for themselves & others, to be open to new ways of thinking & being.  

It doesn't matter if they have done yoga before or not. I just hope they are willing to give it a go and be open minded.

If so, hope they can join my free class on Thursday the 28th of April, 1 week before the teen's yoga term starts (May 5th).

 

This is yours & their opportunity to try before you buy! This is something new for me, so please make the most of the opportunity!

There is no obligation to join the the whole term after this free class.

* Normally $20 per casual class *

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Morning Online Yoga- Mini yoga term (5 weeks)

Wednesday 7:00- 7:45am - 2022 Dates to be announced soon

Tuesday 9:30- 10:15am - 2022 Dates to be announced soon

(reach out to express interest)

This could be just the thing you need. A short 45 minute class to get you going in the morning, regardless of your current work/life situation.

We'll move & wiggle through the body as you listen to my humour while I talk to myself, and feel like I'm going a little loco teaching in the studio on my own. I have to laugh at my own jokes to make myself feel better! lol

Hatha yoga for adults has a strong focus on safety, focused & intentional movement & mindfulness. In each class you will perform a variety of poses and movements suitable to your needs, breathing practices (pranayama), relaxation & meditation. 

 

$60 per mini term *A minimum of 4 people are required for the mini term to run*

CHILLED NIGHT IN

2022 Dates:

Future dates to be announced.

Hi Gorgeous human! 


Are you tired, overworked, & needed by everybody all the time?

 

Do you need some YOU time!?

I bring the chill vibes to you with a beautiful yoga class where you can unwind in my studio oasis. This will be a relaxing and gentle yoga class, so no yoga experience is necessary.

Then followed by a delicious plant based meal & movie in the studio, drive in vibes but in my studio sanctuary!

Sound like heaven?

I'm making this an intimate event, only 7 people tops. So get in fast!

Don't we all know that silence is golden! So, maybe you would like to join half an hour early to enjoy peace & quiet before it all gets started. You can, chill out on your mat, read a book, have a tea, journal, meditate or take an extra long savasana. It is totally up to you, choose your own adventure!

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 75 minute yoga class

  • Plant based meal & treats

  • Movie in the studio

 

OBJECTIVES

To create a time, space and vibes for a person such as yourself to have time to relax and take it easy. To nurture & nourish your mind, body & soul.

Join: 5:30 pm (If you would love silent time) or join by 5:55pm

Start: 6:00 pm

Finish: 10:30 pm (ish)

To follow health & safety procedures with Covid-19 guidelines, please bring your own yoga mat & props where possible. Once you have booked & paid, an email will be sent closer to the date with what to bring.

Bring a drink bottle, wear comfortable clothing.

Price: $70

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Bespoke Yoga Collection 

This is for you if you want specific & bespoke curation of your yoga practice for your body , mind and spirit. A tailor made practice that gives you just what you need

 

Do you want a little more one on one attention?

Maybe yoga classes are too peoplely for you (I get you! No judgement)

Do you need a class that is tailored specifically to your needs?

A discovery call to assess your needs, intentions & potential goals

$225    

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FREE TRIAL ADULTS YOGA CLASS 

General class: Wednesday night  7 - 8:15pm

Moving Meditation (Gentle class): Thursday 7 - 8:15pm

Hey new friend, have you been thinking of trying yoga for some time?

 

Perhaps someone has recommended it, a friend, family member or doctor? And you might be feeling ready to give it whirl now.

It is totally fine if you're not sure if you'll like it & if it's for you?

Maybe you've done yoga before too, but are a little out of practice.

If you haven't taken a class with me before & wherever you fall on the spectrum of being a complete newbie to experienced, come & join my free class on Wednesday the 13th or Thursday the 14th of April 

 

This is your opportunity to try before you buy! This is something new for me, so please make the most of the opportunity!

There is no obligation to join the the whole term after this free class. You also have the option to attend classes casually, or once & done (but I hope not!) You can also join online too!

The Awaken yoga crew are the best. They are fun & welcoming.

* Normally $25 per casual class *

* Only for new students *

FIND YOUR ZEN- 18 SESSION PACKAGE

In this package we dive DEEPER again. Perhaps things have been going south for a while now & you feel like more time to really delve into the nitty gritty of your habits & beliefs is the right thing for you now. 

Maybe you are feeling that your work life balance doesn't even exist. In fact work is unsustainable! You feel overwhelmed and anxious most of the time. You are fatigued and running on empty. You are mentally & emotionally exhausted, which then impacts your mental health. Don't forget about the brain fog on top of that. You have lost all connection to your mind body & spirit. As well as your loved ones.

You try to eat well but have limited nutritional knowledge. Which then leads to self-loathing. On top of this the chronic stress is weakening your immune system, causing inflammation & toxicity in your body and you start to or have developed an autoimmune disease. I know these feels all too well!

What would life look & feel like if :

  • Stress didn't rule your life

  • You had vitality and bountiful energy

  • Deep, honest and vulnerable connection to yourself & others

  • A thriving mind that was strong and resilient 

  • A state of calm like the Dalai Lama

 

Can you picture it??? I can and it is magic!

Always focusing on my 3 principles of health & wellness: MIND, BODY & CONNECTION I support you through a lifestyle overhaul.

In addition to the previous 12 sessions (above), we will also cover;

  • Deeper nutrition

  • Spirituality & Rituals

  • Money

  • Detox - Minimalism continued

  • Conscious life - Eco friendly life

 

As well as other topics or pain points that feel more relevant to you and your circumstances. This is about you and your unique bio-individuality.

I'll guide you and help to keep you accountable to make the changes that you desire. In this 18 one-on-one session program over 4 1/2 months, we'll take a DEEP dive into your life. You'll learn how to make life shifting changes & develop new habits that bring awareness to your beliefs, stories and values so that you can live in alignment with your intentions. Bringing more grace and ease into your life.
 

If you prefer we can meet every 2 weeks. This 9 month time frame gives you quality time & space to curate the life you actually want to live.

FREE 30 minute Discovery Call, to find out if this is right for you?

 

These sessions are 50 minutes each, one-on-one in person or via zoom

Currently:

$1497

Payment plan available

EPIC KIDS HOLIDAY YOGA WORKSHOP 6.5 Hrs  (Age 6-10)

Monday 11th of January 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 3 x 30 minute yoga sessions

  • Make and take session

  • Light morning tea & afternoon tea (or byo depending on dietary requirements. lunch not provided)

  • Creative time/art making

  • Dance party

  • Reflection & gratitude

Same OBJECTIVES as above

Arrive 8:45am

Start time: 9am

Pick Up: 3:30pm

Yoga mats & props provided

$100  

Active Kids Vouchers also accepted. Use the code ACTIVE KIDS at checkout to book & pay with your voucher. You will be emailed with a request for a copy of the unused voucher & date of birth to complete the transaction. 

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KIDS YOGA HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

It’s one of the first times Jaida has loved everything about a workshop. She is usually reluctant to join in or too shy. But when I asked her what was her favourite part of the day, she told me “all of it”.

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KIDS HOLIDAY YOGA WORKSHOP (Age 6-12)

2022 Dates:

Winter Holidays; date announced soon

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 2 x 30 minute yoga sessions

  • Make and take session

  • Light morning tea (or byo depending on dietary requirements)

  • Creative time/art making

  • Reflection and gratitude

OBJECTIVES

  • Move the body & connect with the breath

  • Bring awareness to nourishing the body & mind

  • Cultivate mindfulness

  • Creative time

  • Learn to become reflective & develop a gratitude mindset

Arrive 8:45am

Start time: 9am

Pick Up :12pm

 

Due to Covid shenanigans, you may prefer to bring your own yoga mat, cushion & blanket. 

Price: $70

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KIDS YOGA HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

My 6-year-old loved her school holiday workshop. When I asked her what the best part was she couldn’t decide between eating banana bread, making a dragonfly during craft time or getting to learn new yoga poses. Ash is great with the kids and it’s something we will be coming back to next holidays for sure.

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NEW!!!

YOGA FUNDAMENTALS - BEGINNERS YOGA MINI COURSE

4 x classes Feburary 2022

Are you keen to try yoga but want to do it in a quite a safe space. Perhaps you don't like gyms (I don't either), maybe you want more one-on-one assistance?

This mini course is for everybody and all bodies.

Classes are 75 minutes long (one class per week, for 4 weeks ).

I'll guide you through the yoga fundamentals so that you can feel more at ease with stepping into a general class in a studio or a gym.

 

Hatha yoga for adults has a strong focus on safety, focused & intentional movement & mindfulness. In each class you will perform a variety of poses and movements suitable to your needs, breathing practices (pranayama), relaxation & meditation. 

DATES:

# 1 - Thursday 3/01/22, 7- 8:15PM

# 2 - Thursday 10/01/22, 7- 8:15PM

# 3 - Thursday 17/01/22 , 7- 8:15PM

# 4 - Thursday 24/01/22, 7- 8:15PM

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$100     student/pensioner $80

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SUMMER Yoga 2021/22

Wednesday 7:00- 8:15pm - Dec 29th, 5th, 12th, 19th & (possibly) 26th

This is for you if you are keen to yoga with me until the formal yoga term begins again on Jan 31st. It could be the perfect way to try my classes without the commitment of a 10 week term. And an even better way to begin 2022.

 

Yoga can have a profound impact on your life. Not just on the body, but the mind and spirit too.

I don't mind why you come to yoga, just know that yoga is here to support you and your needs, because you take what you like and leave the rest.

Hatha yoga for adults has a strong focus on safety, focused & intentional movement & mindfulness. In each class you will perform a variety of poses and movements suitable to your needs, breathing practices (pranayama), relaxation & meditation. 

 

$25 per class

*A minimum of 4 people per class is required for each class to take place*

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BLUE MOUNTAINS AUTUMN RETREAT

2022 Dates:

Thursday 21st -23rd of  April 

A little space for you to simply be!

For some a retreat is forced rest.

 

Sometimes we need to do that until rest & relaxation becomes a discipline & a regular part of our lives. But retreats & time out are also fun!

So if you are in need of a deep RESET & nervous system recalibration.

Have been putting others first & leaving yourself to last.

Need to shake up that autopilot system & take some time to REST & RESTORE.

This is for you friend!

The retreat is the perfect little RESET for your nervous system. It may give you just enough space to recalibrate your focus, & your mind & body for the days, weeks & even months ahead. Or until your next retreat!

Ultimately this is your retreat & your experience so choose your own adventure. You can join me in the Itinerary that I have planned or you can opt out, chill out or take yourself out. The things I have are simply an invitation, nothing is compulsory. 

This is a contemporary, clean & minimalist home, with a phenomenal view over the mountain valley, close to Cahills Lookout in Katoomba. 

This is an intimate retreat only 9 people total.

There are 4 rooms  & 7 beds, each room with their own ensuite. Woo Hoo! That means less sharing of bathrooms for us all. 

This is for you if:

  • You are stressed, anxious & burnt out

  • You want some time for yourself, to NURTURE & NOURISH your mind body & soul

  • You need a little SUPPORT & GUIDANCE to help slow down & reflect on your current habits & lifestyle. 

  • You love the idea of an retreat in the beautiful Blue Mountains

  • You've always wanted to try a retreat but haven't got a week to travel & the funds to try one overseas.

WHAT IS INCLUDED in the retreat:

  • Twice daily yoga, meditation & pranayama led by me. Dynamic & energising yoga in the morning & yin/restorative in the evening. Suitable for all levels of experience.

  • Delicious plant-based meals made by me. Including 2 main meals a day & snacks.

  • Group nature/bush walk discovering a range of picturesque spots in the Blue Mountains. Even as locals I know that the beauty of the Blue mountains is never lost on us too. OR; weather pending, group DIY self care make & take session or Art making. Maybe both depending on time.

  • You can access Katoomba, Leura & beyond if you would like to take yourself out on an adventure into these beautiful towns.

Arrive: 4:00 pm Friday

Finish: 10 am Sunday

Price: $470 - $520

 

$470 quad share room with ensuite, single beds

$520 double share room with ensuite, 1 double bed, 1 single bed.

 

The investment can be split over 2-3 payments if that is

supportive for you, please reach out.

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COMING SOON!

TEEN'S MENTORING

We know as adults that we wouldn't want to be teen's now would we, no way! it has hard enough in the 90's & early 00's for me let a lone all this new technology & social media!

I fully feel compassion for the teen's & youth of today, it is so much harder in may ways to be a teen now... especially with all of this new technology & social media! Nope no thanks!

As a High school Teacher for 10 years I genuinely know the importance of supporting our youth. This was always my favourite part of the job. it was always about building relationships & I was good at it too. I started as a Visual Arts teacher and slowly moved into leadership roles with student wellbeing & welfare. I was teaching & guiding students in Positive Psychology, I was a 'school mum' to yr7 & 8 students for 2 years at a very low socio-economic area & tough Western Sydney High School. It wasn't easy but I love it & I loved the kids. They were the reason I went back each day. 

 

In 2021 I was part of a team at a Blue Mountains High School that was creating a pilot program for students with extreme anxiety & other others additional needs & mental health challenges that impact their daily lives. We created this program from the soil up & it was a success, so much so that other schools are starting to do the same thing. With my team teacher I was responsible for 7-10 students from year 9-12, all with very complex & differing needs.

Over the years I've also run programs around anger management......

Now I bring a decade of working with teen's, my yoga knowledge, health & wellness coaching & NLP training into this space. This is impactful & individualise mentoring for your sweet teen, as it should be.

This sounds like a resume (haha), but all I want you to know is that I genuinely care for our future citizen. I want for them to be fully independent & clear thinking humans that have a positive impact of the themselves, people around them & the world.

 

My dream is for our teens to not only move through the transition of teen life into adulthood with more ease, grace and self compassion. But to also thrive in this period of their life! It doesn't have to be so hard!
 

These mentoring session will be completely tailored to your child & their needs.

This isn't just any talk therapy. I wave health coaching, wellness, art, yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, NLP & more into this safe space. This is a whole body & mind experience because we are an ecosystem not a machine. you can't just isolate one part of the body or the mind.

This is for your child if they are: 

  • Stressed & highly emotional (towards their school work/environment & or home life)

  • Lacking motivation with school work

  • Having trouble with relating to others (friends & family)

  • Anxious, overwhelmed or depressed

  • Have noticeably changed through teen years

Can you picture it???

Your child can calmly manage their school work & school life (it's a wild ride, I'm sure you remember too!). 

They are able to process feelings & emotions with more ease. Their mindset is strong & resilient.

They have a better understanding of themselves and who they are and what they want to become.

They are strong in their identity, they are compassionate & loving.

They connect with others & themselves with awareness.

 

Can you see it? I can & it's magic!

Always focusing on my 3 principles of health & wellness: MIND, BODY & CONNECTION I support you through a lifestyle overhaul.

Over the 6 sessions I can cover, but not limited to these topics:  

  • Mental Health awareness

  • Focus & learning

  • Relationships & healthy boundaries

  • Values & beliefs

  • How process & release emotions

  • Nutrition & exercise

  • Gratitude & Mindfulness

 

As well as other topics or pain points that feel more relevant to your teen's circumstances. This is about their unique bio-individuality.

I'll guide and help them to keep accountable to make the changes that they desire. We'll take a dive into their life & what is causing the most concern for them. They'll learn how to make life shifting changes & develop new habits that bring awareness to their beliefs, stories & values so that you can live in alignment with their personal goals. Bringing more grace & ease into their life.
 

In this 6 one-on-one session program over 3 months, we can meet every 2 weeks. This timeframe gives them quality time & space to curate the changes that best suit them and their unique circumstances.

FREE 30 minute Discovery Call, to find out if this is right for you & your child.

These sessions are 50 minutes each, one-on-one in person or via zoom. For Teen's in person is preferred as I can build a relationship with them better face to face.

investment $599

The investment can be split over 2-3 payments if that is

supportive for you, please reach out.