Specialist in: Yin Yoga
I have practiced yoga since my early twenties while I was a Dance Teacher in my motherland of Taiwan. My passion for Yoga became overwhelming so I decided to become a Yoga Teacher.
To achieve this I moved to Australia to study Hatha Yoga under Shanti Gowen, 2 years, full time on the Gold Coast. I am blessed to have studied under her as she imparted so many values upon me.
After my study I moved to Mackay to be with my now Husband. Since moving up I have taught various styles of Yoga at various studios over the last five years. I have undertaken so much more training during this time which has steered me towards my love of Yin and Restorative Yoga.
As per Tranquil Yoga’s mission statement, I will continue to study and advance my knowledge and skills under my mentors Jo Phee, Sarah Powers, Leslie Kaminoff and Judith Lasater. This is for the benefit of all involved with our studio.
I truly believe in the healing powers of Yoga for the mind and body. This is why I am creating this community to build happy healthy relationships with my students and also to create a better well-being away from the studio too.
Specialist in: Vinyasa Flow
In 2014 my two sons were diagnosed with autism. It was the biggest challenge I had ever faced, and it left me feeling incredibly stressed and overwhelmed. I was also suffering terrible backache from carrying my youngest son, who walked late. I was always someone who enjoyed being active but had never tried yoga. I attended my first yoga class as I thought it could help with both my stress and backache. I walked out of the room feeling amazing and continued coming to class regularly. Yoga changed my life both physically and mentally and it was an easy decision to make to undertake the teacher training at 8 Limb Yoga in 2015. Since finishing my teacher training, I have loved teaching students in the Mackay area. My passion is Vinyasa Flow as I love being able to continuously move my body with my breath in a fun and playful way, but I also enjoy teaching Hatha. Yoga has so many healing benefits and I love seeing other people feel these benefits from my classes. I hope to see you all on the mat soon.
Specialist in: Hatha Yoga
Join Karen at our donation based community yoga classes as she begins her yoga teacher journey, read her story below.
I have been on my yoga journey for the past 20 years. My first yoga class was when living in London and doing a lot of running. I found that going to a regular yoga class helped me to focus, deepen my stretching and improve flexibility. It really complimented and supported my busy and active lifestyle. Since that first class getting on my mat has become part of my life. Yoga has allowed me to develop not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. In January this year -2020, I made the decision to deepen my practice by undertaking Yoga Teacher Training at 8 Limb Yoga, Mackay. This was a challenging experience because not only did Covid–19 have an impact but I also managed to break my arm. These two situations combined highlighted to me the importance of my daily practice not only for my body but also my mind and soul. The importance of slowing down, being kind to myself and patience. Things take time! I experienced firsthand the Power of Yoga for healing and pain management. Due to my injury my practice moved towards stillness with Restorative Yoga and Meditation. Yoga has given me so much both on and off my mat, I would now like to give back to Yoga.
Specialist in: Hatha Yoga
Shannon is an accredited Yoga Alliance certified instructor with a focus on finding stillness and peace. Shannon’s teachings are rich in Hatha foundations with a special interest and certification in Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Myofascial Release. Shannon is a qualified relaxation massage therapist as well as a reiki practitioner and is committed to assisting others in their mind body connection. Ultimately wanting to help others find peace. Riddled with anxiety after the birth of her twins and a workplace bullying incident, Shannon set about finding peace within. Her teachings and offerings are reflective of her journey and her belief in the healing power of yoga.
The class starts in either Yang poses (standing poses - sun salute, balance or core work) to stimulate blood flow, detoxify and get rid of excess heat in the body. Finishing with Yin poses to calm the nervous system down.
This can be the opposite with Yin first then Yang depending on the lesson/teacher that day.
It is such a good way to build up physical body strength. It's fun but you also get the benefit of stretching out any muscle tightness. It's also calming for the mind.
Yinyasa Yoga is a set of yin poses sequence practice; staying at the pose 2-3 minutes. Start your morning with a nice opening up, ease the blockage in the deep muscle. Ready for the day with a calm and mindfulness attitude. Suggested for people who have done yin yoga practice before, less cue and poses explanation at the class. Allowing the practice in a meditative way.
Flow with Nadine
Nadine's vinyasa flow classes are a fun, energetic class, where poses are joined together to form sequences of movement. Although Nadine has a playful style, the class focuses on the breath & each sequence is joined with a traditional vinyasa.
Hatha - Sun and Moon
Alignment and breathing practice base by using props to support and open up and body. Hatha in Sanskrit means- Sun(HA) Moon(THA); the yang (masculine) and yin (feminine) energies, through asanas practice with different breathing techniques balancing and finding the harmony for the body and mind; each week we have different themes to focus on so that the students will works on each part of body.
Week 1 - Sun or moon salutation and Balancing.
Week 2 - Warriors sequence
Week 3 - Lateral and Twisting
Week 4 - Back bend
Week 5 - Forward fold and Hips Openings.
About 10-15 minutes mediation with Chakra guidance, elements of doshas, or Shamatha / Vipassana to lead students into the meditation.
Each pose stays for 8-15 mins, fully supported by the props; restorative yoga aims to open up the body, suits for the students suffer from past injuries, insomnia, emotional release, exhaustion, anxiety or you live a hectically paced life. This practice will nourish deeply of your body and calm the nervous and parasympathetic system down.
Through slow pace and passive stretch to stimulate, ease the knots in the deep tissue, muscle, and fascia. The class will have different themes to focus on; Chinese Meridian (Ash's passion), hips opening, shoulders release etc, to cultivate our stillness at the poses by holding for 3 to 6 minutes. All the practices are adopted and taught by Jo Phee and Paul Grilley (Sending the gratitude to my mentors).
Deep Relaxation Yoga
Blending Yin and Restorative yoga together, allows the body into the deep restorative and opening. Finish the class with Yoga Nidra. It is a nourishing and self-loved practice to wake up the deep consciousness.
Roll & Release
Ash learnt this Myofascial Tension Release technique from one of her favourite mentors – Jo Phee. By using different size or hardness massage balls to release the tightness in the deep tissue and muscles. Especially suited for people who have an athletic background. This class is booking essential due to limited numbers.
*All are welcome! Our classes can be catered for each student. Depends on how the body feels that day, so that we can start to practice listening to what the body needs. There is no specific levels on the class. In this journey we, together are learning from each other like a new born baby. No judgements, no young, no old, with different body figures, we are practicing love and kindness to ourselves and with the people within our lives.
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