Natalie holds a BSc in International Hospitality and worked as an event planner for a large ski resort in the Swiss Alps before extending herself into the science of mind-body connection.
She has been a practitioner of yoga for twenty years, and has been studying and teaching the science and art of yoga for the past ten. She is passionate about holistic well-being and connection of body, mind and soul. She finds inspiration in nature and has learned to surrender to the natural rhythm of life as it unfolds. Her teaching holds elements of humour, devotion and nurture, woven on a thread of intuitive understanding of how the body can connect to the mind and spirit. She is a loving and devoted Mama to her two daughters, it is her most valuable and enriching vocation, and she loves that they keep her real and grounded. Her favorite ways to spend time are on adventures while seeking a view, exploring new ways of understanding and good conversations. Life is good, full and sweet.
During the workshop we will share a practice containing postures of the primary series of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, with an emphasis on ujayi breathing (breathing technique), dristhi (focus and concentration through where we place our gaze point) and bandhas (core lifts to help stabilize and strengthen the pelvis, pelvic floor and abdominal muscles) and we will apply these principles to help us find a rhythm and connect to our inner landscape. We will finish with a relaxation and a discussion of some of the philosophical ideas behind breath, bandhas and dristhi. We will look at the opening chant and a shanti mantra
In the workshop we will explore a short movement based practice to connect us to our breath and body, and then we will look at several of the eight limbs of the Ashtanga Yoga system. In particular we will look at the Yamas and Niyamas and how we can apply them to our yoga practice, and to our everyday life. The sessions are complimentary but can be visited independently. The afternoon will be a deepening of some of the concepts introduced in the morning, however it is not mandatory to attend the morning session. We will look at the opening chant and a shanti mantra!