Meet Trish

Meet Trish

Life in the corporate world took its toll.

Travel to work swallowed up spare time. Mental exhaustion extinguished motivation. When Trish looked up, she was in her 50’s and her once regular yoga practice had faded to a distant memory. Over the years she dropped in every now and then on a class, in a gym, in a run-down hall, perhaps a little at home but nothing became a committed practice like it had in the early days.

As the years went by Trish developed injuries and discomfort she’d never had before, arthritis crept into her left knee and plantar fasciitis crippled her feet for a time. She didn’t realise she didn’t know how to breathe.

Now in her late 60’s, there is one place that Trish is every Thursday night, without fail. Yoga.

Trish is testament to the power of showing up.

She’d never experienced slow, restorative yoga until she arrived at Yoga Emporium almost two years ago.  She was amazed at the power of yoga nidra, a practice where the physical body is led into deep rest while the mind remains alert.

In the early days the security blanket Trish had wrapped around her knee was obvious. No to pidgeon pose, no to kneeling for an extended period. No, my knee can’t do that. No. No. No. But yoga is accommodating, there are variations for every posture, variations for every injury or ailment you could possibly arrive with.

Then yoga did what yoga does. It worked.

Trish attempted pidgeon pose, a manipulated version to accommodate her knee and the result was empowering. Her knee no longer holds her back, physically or mentally. The security blanket has gone.

Meet Trish

Meet Andrew

Meet Andrew

When he first came he couldn’t lie flat.

He couldn’t lie flat on his back because it felt the way an extreme backbend would feel to you or me. The tightness around his neck and shoulders restricted his head from resting back on the mat. With his head propped up on a block, Andrew came religiously to yoga once a week. No more and no less. At the 6 month mark, the block became redundant. His head was happy on the mat.

A lot had to happen in 6 months for the block to become unnecessary.

A shift in the thoracic spine, erector spinae, trapezius and rhomboids in the back and pectoral muscles, anterior neck muscles and jaw in the front but the most important thing that happened was the showing up week in, week out. Andrew now comes religiously to yoga twice a week. No more and no less. He also brings his teenage daughter with him once a week.

Meet Andrew

“The main thing I take from yoga into everyday life is awareness. I am more aware of my body – my posture, the way I sit, stand and move. I am also more aware of my mind – my thought processes, my self-talk and my emotions.” Imagine being empowered with this as a teenager.


Meet Jayde

Meet Jayde

She’s a visual masterpiece of tattoos.

Perhaps they’ve all got a story or maybe it’s just because they look good. Jayde’s story starts with an unlikely job in the corporate world, a job she fell into, in the same company her mum and dad work for. A job with a secure pay check, good prospects but one that doesn’t deliver much in the way of satisfaction. The truth is she’s funny, she’s really bl**dy funny but don’t tell anyone at work.

She came to yoga because she had too. Plus she knew there was a lay-down at the end of class.

With a deep hate of exercise, sweating and a self-declared uncoordinated person, she felt she should do something that ticked the health and wellbeing box. Two years later and hot yoga is part of her routine. She comes now because of the unexpected benefits she gets, “I sleep better and I can deal with the stress of my corporate job. I’ve learnt to clear my mind. Yoga has been an essential part of my personal growth.”

Meet Jayde

Jayde is preparing for her first stand-up comedy gig later in the year. Perhaps a new career trajectory or just some weekend satisfaction. In the same way she loves arriving at yoga not knowing what the class will focus on, what she’ll find challenging and what she’ll learn about herself, she’s happy not to focus on the outcome but really enjoy the getting there.


Meet Cheryl

Meet Cheryl

Her arthritis is spreading.

Cheryl’s neck is the worst, her wrists are following, her knees are unforgiving and her shoulders are painfully restricted. The worst thing though is that she gave it to herself. She has slogged it out in the gym for years, lifting weights too heavy, running too many km’s and doing exercises that left her unable to move for days.

Her specialist has now told her she is reaping the “benefits.” Arthritis.

No pain, no gain.

The catch-cry slogan of the 90’s was rampant in Cheryl’s approach. She aimed to be healthy and her approach was hard, fast, sweaty and painful.  Yoga didn’t fit that approach so it wasn’t until an inability to do anything else given her injuries that Cheryl stepped onto a yoga mat two years ago.

Meet Cheryl

If you saw Cheryl at yoga you wouldn’t pick her for being the injured one.

She flows, she breathes and she’s happy because she sweats. The sweating satisfies her A-type personality. She walks away feeling like she’s done something. Yoga has developed her body awareness so she can move gracefully around her injuries while slowly restoring strength and flexibility to the areas effected by arthritis.

The heat helps the dull, lingering ache that is the hallmark of arthritis. The heat also creates a challenging environment, sometimes it’s hard to stay focussed with sweat dripping, sometimes it’s hard just to maintain deep breathing. More often than not Cheryl brings the baggage of her job to class with her but she never leaves with it.