Yogi, Stacha has always had an interest in yoga, and she always knew that one she would teach others all about yoga.
“I brought my first yoga book when I was just fifteen years-old, and I practised in my bedroom.
And after learning just a few poses – I knew it was for me,
And so I tried to take classes whenever I could.
I continued to practise for many years in the different locations I lived; including the UK, Europe, Australia, and America.”
It was in Texas, USA, where Stacha graduated in 2009 with an internationally recognised Yoga Alliance Certification…
And, at the time she couldn’t have been happier!
This involved over two hundred hours of yoga studies, and it was something she had wanted to do for years.
“I could tell I was beginning to grow from the practice and I wanted to share this wonderful gift with others.
Once my youngest child finished high school, I realised that I would have the time to devote to the study and practice of yoga.
I guess you could say, it was the right stage of my life, and so it became a personal goal to be a yoga teacher.”
Since graduating, Stacha has taught around five hundred hours a year, as well as regularly conducting small-group workshops, including, ‘an introduction to yoga’, meditation, and ‘working towards doing a headstand’ –
“I take my mat from my home in Houston, Texas, to our home in Newcastle, which is north of Sydney in Australia, and I teach in both locations.
Every class brings a different feel and passion that rises within me – I feel privileged to share this with my students.”
Stacha realised that her ability to teach depended on so much more than just knowledge,
It was a journey I loved being on; exploring different paths, and I soon became very passionate about this 5000-year-old ancient art, science and philosophy that was first born in the Indus Valley civilization of South Asia.”
Stacha chose a yoga style that best suited her body-type, personality, stage of life, and fitness level,
“I decided on Yoga West University to complete my HATHA studies.
This included over one hundred and twenty hours of teaching techniques…
over thirty demonstrations; observation and assisting; anatomy and physiology; Sanskrit study of yoga terms; yoga philosophy lifestyle and ethics for the yoga teacher, and loads of personal practice hours, and more study.
This was done over a period of four months and over the two hundred hours that were required by Yoga Alliance, to receive my degree.”
Before I qualified in yoga myself, or even considered instructing, I was always a fan of yoga…
(Although, at this point of my own journey I was far from an official yogi, ‘so to speak’)
And I have been lucky enough to attend several of Stacha’s classes in America and in Australia.
I love how she teaches, and her classes are always packed.
Furthermore, Stacha has always explained that yoga is progressive and does so in a positive way.
And so as a beginner back then, I took it at my own pace – and realised by taking the pressure off myself I was able to challenge my body and mind connection.
I asked Stacha ‘what is yoga?’ she answers passionately
“–it’s a form of exercise based on the belief that by controlling the breath and keeping the body steady, one can control the fluctuations of the mind, and create harmony between the mind and the body.
Stacha continued to tell me that yoga participation has grown to an estimated 22.1 million people in the USA alone, and is convinced this is “Because it Works!”
Stacha believes that the more people that practise yoga, the better the world will become,
“Yoga is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, with benefits ranging from physical strength and flexibility to stress reduction…
From stepping on my yoga mat nearly fifty years ago;
I can attest that it has lead me to an extraordinary experience, greater self-knowledge and better health.
And so, I invite you to take your journey on whatever path leads you…
And find your pot of gold at the end of the yoga rainbow – Namaste”
I took on Stacha’s invitation literally and she was one of my inspirations, and still is.
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