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Nice to meet you!

Hi, I'm Leah.*

 

I'm a multi-passionate yoga teacher who also enjoys podcasting and making videos.

I've spent most of the last three decades developing an understanding of the natural healing modalities of yoga, macrobiotics, ki cultivation and ki shiatsu and implementing them in my life. In doing so, I have overcome disordered eating patterns, healed a thyroid condition, carried a baby full term and birthed her naturally, whilst continuing to live an active life. When I'm not on the mat, you can find me enjoying walks with my dog Flint, doing parkour and dancing.   

My love of learning has meant that I'm constantly devouring books, podcasts and content on personal development, health and wellbeing and I love sharing what I learn with other people, i.e. You.

 

By sharing my knowledge and experience, I hope to inspire others to improve their own health and wellbeing. I believe we all have the power to heal ourselves, whether we are suffering from physical ailments or psychological disturbances. It all comes down to each of us taking responsibility for our own wellbeing and seeking out what we need most to bring ourselves back into balance.      

My goal is to help guide you on this journey. Through various modalities, I can work with you to:

  • help relieve headaches

  • ease back pain

  • heal from endometriosis or alleviate other menstrual/menopausal issues

  • manage a thyroid condition

  • improve digestive health

  • reduce brain fog.

 If you'd like to learn more about how we can work together, please get in touch.

* Learn more about my personal story below.

My qualifications

Yoga qualifications:

  • Ryoho Yoga Teacher Training (2007)

  • Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield (2008)

  • Zenergy Kids Yoga Certificate and Advanced Course (2014)

  • Zen Ki Yoga Teacher Training – Distance/Online (2015-2018)

  • Ryoho Yoga Teacher Training – Online (2021)

Other qualifications:

  • Diploma of Macrobiotic Counselling (Shin Sen Dojo, Sydney)

  • Diploma of Ki Shiatsu (Shin Sen Dojo, Sydney)

  • Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education) Honours

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Senior Teacher, Yoga Australia

  • Ryoho Yoga Association

My teachers

  • Andzej Gospodarczyk

  • Sensei Ken McLean

  • Janie Larmour

  • Loraine Rushton

My Personal Story

I was first introduced to yoga when I was 9 years old. I was seeing a speech therapist and, as part of my treatment, she taught me the yoga sequence 'Salute to the sun'. I have a memory of doing this sequence of movements in her treatment room and enjoying it, but once I no longer needed to see her, I soon forgot all about it.

I didn't really think about yoga much again until I was 20 when my parents became interested in doing yoga. I went on a search for yoga classes in our local area and discovered Ryoho Yoga in Manly. The classes were dynamic and challenging and were accompanied with a dialogue about health based on the macrobiotic understanding of the universe, the application of the five element theory and the principles of yin and yang. What initially started as a quest for my parents, ended up being a journey of self discovery for myself. Although I found the classes challenging, I wanted to learn more and eventually I was attending six to seven classes a week.

I moved away from Manly in 2002 to attend the University of Wollongong, where I studied to become a Physical and Health education teacher. I continued to practise yoga wherever I could and found different teachers. There was Leonard who taught Iyengar yoga at the Uni Gym, and later on, Russell who taught Vinyasa yoga at Younga Yoga studio. However, I was determined to continue my Ryoho yoga studies and, after moving back to Sydney in 2007, I was able to undertake my teacher training with Andzej, the founder of Ryoho Yoga. After I completed my training, I taught classes at Newport Yoga Centre, the Optus Gym at Macquarie Park and at Lunge Yoga in Manly. 

To complement my yoga practice, I have also studied under Sensei Ken McLean at the Shin Sen Dojo in Sydney and have attained a Diploma in Ki Shiatsu and a Diploma in Macrobiotic Counselling.

In December 2012 we made the move to the Barossa Valley. After settling in, I began looking for suitable venues to teach yoga classes and opened The Centre of Ki in February 2013.

Since then I have also completed a Diploma in Zen Ki Yoga by distance education with Janie Larmour of The Centre of Yoga in Sydney, as well as the Zenergy Kids Yoga training with Loraine Rushton.

 

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Phone: 0412 704 330

Email: leah@thecentreofki.com.au

Studio location:

22 Dean Street, Angaston

South Australia

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