I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Yoga Australia’s 2018 Conference in Melbourne on 17 & 18 March. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Modern World of Yoga”. Like never before we’re seeing Yoga rapidly develop, extending and evolving in how its practiced and by whom. As yoga professionals it is our responsibility to be informed on the changes taking place and to treat our practice with this information in mind.
Over the course of the conference I was exposed to modern research findings in the field of yoga, engaging keynote presentations, expert workshops and enriching yoga-based knowledge.
I especially enjoyed Amanda Fuzes practice she shared: Fun with the Flying Yogi, a play based approach to teaching Kids yoga and then a little later Loraine Rushton’s class on Children’s Yoga in the 21st Century addressing the needs of kids and teens today. I practiced Vedic Chanting with the wonderful Debby Badger and enjoyed a fascinating class on Conscious Listening .
Keynote speakers included the well-respected Michael de Manicor who spoke of the importance of encouraging our students home practice, Michael Lee who compared what Astronauts and Patanjali have in common !! A unique but thought provoking idea of seeing the world though a different lens and the truly inspiring Niki Myers “make gratitude bigger than fear”.
Above all the quote by TKV Desikachar retold to us by Leanne Davis the President of Yoga Australia made its mark on me the most :
“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
I have been using this in my classes all week!