Bridget joins us on Tuesday mornings, 9:20am, with a class aimed to nourish, a sanctuary to land within.
We're excited to welcome Bridget to the teaching team at East of Eden. Below she tells us a little about her yoga journey, what to expect from her classes, and...
Q: Tell us a little about your journey into teaching yoga
I read a book about yoga when I was a teenager, I had glandular fever at the time and had to miss a lot of school so I was raiding my mother's bookshelf for reading material. I experimented with the poses - they were super simple - and they made me feel better. I had this strange feeling that one day I would teach it, which seemed absurd, it wasn't a real job (except in Dharma and Greg) and I couldn't even touch my toes. But something about it felt deeply right, I felt a sense of 'coming home'.
I had an on-off love affair with yoga for ten years. In my late twenties I was at a turning point in my life and my local yoga studio became a sanctuary, where that feeling of 'rightness' came back to me and I just knew I had to become a yoga teacher. And so I did two yoga teacher trainings simultaneously (which I do not recommend - it was very intense!) and dove into teaching full throttle. Now about decade later I am still teaching, growing and learning... but at a more leisurely pace, with more time to relax and do other things in between.
Q:What can people expect from your Tuesday morning class?
I hope that the class can be a sanctuary and space to nourish. So that people who come can find that sense of coming home, of landing into their bodies, which I now understand is what 'embodiment' is.
I generally theme my classes, either with an anatomical focus or perhaps a concept that has inspired my practice. I tend to teach slow strengthening flowing sequences that grow in complexity during the class and I pepper in rest, meditation and breath-work. I offer subtle alignment details but try to keep the movement of the class focused and meditative.
I’ve studied and practiced different styles of yoga, as well as some Pilates, dance and movement. Currently I am training in the Embodied Flow school with Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons which has really resonated with me, so some of my themes are inspired by their principles.
I think yoga should be open to everyone and we can all just meet where we are at, no matter whether we can touch or toes or stand on our hands. I’m interested in how we move and transition, rather than achieving a final result, to keep curious and open to new discoveries in our bodies and minds.
Q: What's your favourite thing about teaching yoga?
I love the moment in a class when people tune in - to each other, their breath, their bodies. Something indescribable happens and everyone seems to sync up, moving and breathing with awareness in themselves and the space around them... the tension drops down a notch and it feels totally magic.
Q: And what are some of the challenges that the job brings?
Oh goodness, that’s a really big question. Like everything, it has its challenges! It can be hard to stand up in front of a room full of people and share something that feels so intimately personal, something that you love. And then sometimes people don't like what you are offering and I find that can be challenging. But if I remember why I do what I do and tune into my highest intention as best I can, then worrying about what people think of me doesn't matter as much.
Q: Where's the strangest place you've done yoga?
I once went to a yoga class that was in a night club the morning after, the floor still stank like booze, it wasn't the most relaxing experience!
Q: What does a day in the life of Bridget look like?
Every day is different! But I guess ideally I’m starting the day doing meditation, yoga and some journaling - these are the things that keep me sane. Somewhere in there is coffee and breakfast. Then during the day I’m either teaching yoga, doing some admin, writing or dabbling in some other creative projects . And then of course resting, practicing, and being in nature whenever I can to recharge myself.
Q: What is Bridget in an alternative universe doing?
She’s a chocolatier.
Q: Sunrise or sunset?
I love both. But probably sunrise, watching the sun light up the dark skies, with a chorus of birds and the moon lingering, is heavenly.
Join Bridget on Tuesday mornings, 9:20am in Studio 2, and see here for her upcoming courses and retreats.