We invite you to meet Dee, our resident dancing queen. Once a backup dancing for 50 cent, you will now find her sharing her wisdom and knowledge on Sunday mornings at 9am and Monday evenings at 6pm.
What drew you to working at The Space?
Before I moved to Karratha in Feb I was teaching my own classes in the Philippines. As fulfilling as it was and whilst it taught me a tremendous amount about standing in my own power, it was an isolating experience. The Space presented an opportunity to be part of a yoga community again, one where I can discuss the discipline with others who have chosen to dive deeper in the practice.
What has been the greatest lesson you have learnt as a teacher?
Adaptability, trust and safety. Our history is recorded in our bodies, someone who works at a desk staring at a computer 8 hours a day might have a little kyphosis or a previous knee injury might make it hard for someone to put weight on it, therefore postures and/or sequencing requires modification to cater for these differences. It's in most people's nature to push harder, try to look like the teacher or the person next to them so I have had to learn to offer cues to give permission to students to modify or take rest where necessary. At times I want to insist the modification/rest but I'm getting better at trusting students to know their edge and play with it. I also have learnt that ensuring psychological safety in the room is as important as physical safety due to yoga's ability to move emotions and aid in healing.
What has been the greatest gift you have received from teaching?
Community, expression and vulnerability. Teaching yoga is still the most heart opening and soul exposing practice I do in my life. See me in any other context and there is some element of a mask that I unconsciously put on. This is why I enjoy teaching different styles of yoga as it allows me to share parts hidden that is craving to come alive.
If you could teach the world one thing, what would it be?
Aside from teaching yoga, I work in mental health services and I feel like teaching people how to get quality sleep is an important basis from which all other strategies (eg meditation, movement, social connectedness) can spring forth from. If you are reading this and agree, look out for a special pop up 'yoga sleep' class that I'll be offering.
Describe yourself in one sentence?
I like to go rogue so you are getting two: "I'm not interested in whether you've stood with the great. I'm interested in whether you've sat with the broken" & "All who heal themselves, heal all who came before and all who come after."
Just for fun - The last thing you….
Ate: A banana
Drank: Green Tea
Listened to: Krishna Das
Read: International Traveller Magazine
Watched: The Big Bang Theory
You will find Dee teaching Power Yoga on Monday evenings and Align & Flow on Sunday mornings. x