Mandy came to yoga as a practitioner in 2007 seeking balance and improved flexibility. For the next five years she focused on climbing the corporate ladder and competing in long distance triathlons, using a regular weekly yoga class as a much-needed stretch and relaxation. The once a week class wasn’t enough, it didn't take long for burnout to hit. It was at this time that Mandy came to realise that immersing in her yoga practice continually restored balance and brought her back from being overwhelmed and exhausted. With this realisation came a calling to go deeper.
During 2013 Mandy put aside her engineering career and answered the calling by immersing deeply into the practice, study and teaching of yoga. She has since completed more than 1000hrs of formal training covering a range of different styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Therapy and Yin. For the last few years she's been teaching classes and workshops in various locations throughout Australia and Asia.
Mandy believes there is a yoga practice suitable for everyone. She views our yoga mats as the perfect training ground for life: always inviting the opportunity for self-enquiry, growth and transformation. She is passionate about sharing the teachings of yoga and has a particular fondness for sharing philosophy and the detail behind the poses. Mandy is one of our lead trainers on the 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training.
Her classes can be described as playful, creative, alignment based movement synchronised with breath. Mandy aims to provide a fun, safe and supportive environment for her students to embark on their own journey of mindful movement.
Getting to know the Zenko Team
Do you have a mantra/quote that you often turn to?
Here is one I love and recite before self practice:
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya | Lead me from the unreal to the real
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya | Lead me from darkness to light
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya | Lead me from mortality to immortality
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti | Om Peace Peace Peace
How do you fill up your love tank?
Indulge in a long yoga practice and spend time in nature. I also try to visit India each year for a few months to immerse in the practice and totally disconnect/recharge.
What advice would you give someone wondering whether to try yoga for the first time?
Just get in there and give it a go, and if you don't love your first class, don't immediately give up on yoga. There are many different styles and even more teachers out there with a practice to suit all, sometimes you just need to try a few to find the right fit.