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Sonya was introduced to Hatha Yoga in 2006 after having battled a serious health issue.    Having found the therapeutic benefits of yoga, physically and mentally, she decided to embark on a teacher training course with John Ogivili of Byron Yoga in 2010 to gain a better understanding behind the philosophy of the Eight Limbs of yoga.

 

Her training with John Ogilvili was a style called Purna, meaning integrated or complete. Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, pranayama breath control, anatomy, physiology and the yogic personal and social code of ethics, intergrating all 8 limbs (Ashtanga) of yoga the way it was originally taught, more than 3000 years ago in India.

 

Since her introduction to yoga, she has furthered her training incorporating a mix of Hatha, Ashtanga and Yin styles of Yoga with a big focus on breathwork throughout her classes.  With a keen interest in health and wellness, she is currently studying to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner and in the process of completing 1600hr Yoga Masters in Rishikesh, India. 

Sonya takes a traditional approach to her classes and personalised practice to suit her students needs. She has worked with people with injuries and illnesses, world class athletes, and has enjoyed seeing the amazing transformations of many of her students that began their yogic journey with her.

“The practice of yoga is intended to be joyful and to lighten the heart and mind by calming and energizing. I encourage students at all levels to build flexibility, strength and stamina of body, mind and spirit.  This helps bring about a deeper understanding of the key yogic values including diet and lifestyle aspirations.  Many discovering that yoga becomes for them a way of life.”

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