Student of the month: Bryony Horton

I am so honoured to share our student of the Month for November beautiful Bry. Bry was one of my first ever yoga students and we have been practising and learning together for about 5 years now. I have adored witnessing Bry throughout her last pregnancy as she lovingly adapted her practice as her belly blossomed. And then after she birthed her son coming back to practice slowly and kindly building her strength back with so much grace, patience and acceptance of where she was at each day. Having put in the work, I am now loving watching Bry showing so much courage trying more challenging poses like arm balances and binds, but always coming from such a place of honouring where she it at and not pushing or forcing her practice. Please enjoy her fantastic (I may have shed a few tears!) interview.

1. Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m a mum of two little boys. I am a scientist. I am 38 years old. I’ve lived in Coffs for nearly 7 years and before that in London, Tasmania, and Sydney. I love cooking especially with the fresh food from my garden.

2. How long have you been practising yoga?
I found yoga when I was studying for my PhD. That was 12 years ago. I’ve practiced on and off since then but for the last 5 years or so it has become a big part of my life. I generally get to one class a week (but I wish it could be more) but I practice every day incorporating movement, breathing and setting an intention. Sometimes this is only for 5 minutes (and when lucky 20 mins) but it makes all the difference.

3. Why do you practice yoga and what have you gained from your practice?
For me yoga is so many things. It helps me clear my head, allows me space to listen to my inner self and it feels so good. It helps me relax, it makes me strong, flexible and resilient both in mind and body and reminds me of who I am and what I want to be..i take this out into my every day. And of course it gives me ‘me’ time.

Through my practice I have learnt so much about myself. I have learned to accept my limitations and even embrace them. I have also learnt that so many things are possible if you work hard.  I also have realised the importance of balance. This is a huge is challenge for me and I know that when there is imbalance in life it creeps into my practice. And all this has mixed together into learning about happiness and how to create it and that is a real blessing.

4. How has yoga helped you through your motherhood journey as well as pregnancy and postpartum?
So so much! I practiced yoga when I was pregnant with both my babies. It was a lovely time to bond with these tiny growing people and transition into motherhood. Toward the end when I felt so huge it was so nice to stretch out the sores bits but also a time to relax and look after myself. Yoga was a much slower super propped practice at that stage! My practice was even more important for my second as this valuable me time was so scarce.

It was great to get back to my practice after they were born. Yoga actually both energised me and refreshed me when I was most exhausted. It has helped me to build up my body again and this has been a great journey.

Taking that time out for me helps me to gain persepective and realise what’s important and how to be the best mum and person I can be.

5. What is your favourite yoga pose and why?
Hmmm, well one of my all time favourites if legs up the wall. The is true bliss for me where I can just let it all go. I also really like wild thing and wide leg side stretch, and cross legged forward fold. I think because they all make me feel spacious in one way of another. Recently I have been enjoying arm balances and inversions. When I am strong and courageous and I achieve that peak pose I feel invincible and elated. And they are also super fun. So that’s why I’ve picked crow which is the first arm balance I learnt.

6. What are you most grateful for?
There are so many things I can’t choose but these are a few if my favourite: my beautiful curious and challenging boys, my intelligent and supportive partner, my health, my interesting career, living in such a beautiful place and kinds if food but especially cheese. And if course yoga!

7. I love One Conscious Breath because…
It’s such a nurturing place and I feel like we’ve grown up together as I’ve been coming since it opened. I feel so comfortable there. And of course its always lovely to see Jazz’s shining happy face. All the teachers are great and bring something different. I have practiced in many places and one thing I particularily love is that it is not intimidating at all and has a lovely sense of community.

Student of the month: Sharon Secomb

We simply adore celebrating our wonderful yoga students. Sharon has shown such great dedications and love for her yoga practice. She is an absolute joy to have in class. Read how her yoga practice helps Sharon is her everyday life.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m 54 yrs young with 4 awesome people in my life, David, Tennille & Nick and my mum Oh and
Charlie the dog.

2. How long have you been practising yoga?
I have been doing yoga for around 4 /5 years now with the last 2 or so years at One Conscious Breath. I aim for 3 classes a week (I have a love affair with yoga I think!)

3. Why do you practice yoga and what have you gained from your practice?
I love the feeling of the deep breaths, being grounded and the calming of the mind and soul and the stretching and movement of yoga is just amazing. I use the deep breaths in my day to day life also when work or life becomes hectic it’s a great tool. Yoga + Me + my mat = Awesomeness

4. What is your favourite yoga pose and why?
So hard to choose from as I love most of the poses for one reason or another, although downward dog resonates with me for those moments before the transition into Vinyasa, the time to set and breathe and rest move a little more, regain my yoga love.

5. What are you most grateful for?
Family, yoga buddies, friends and my walking partner Charlie

6. I love One Conscious Breath because…
Awesome teachers, they all bring something different to the class, great time and vibes.

Student of the month: Dawn Angove

What an incredible inspiration our September student of the month is. Reminding us that you can start practising yoga at any age. The best time to start truly is NOW! Have a read of lovely Dawns story of how yoga has helped in her life.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 68 years old and am retired I am married to Bruce for 48 years and we have two sons Dean he lives in Bega and Craig lives in Melbourne, we have 6 Grandsons and 1 Granddaughter. We have lived in Coffs Harbour for 18 years.

2. How long have you been practising yoga?
It’s been just a little over a year now, I started with my friend Kari who encouraged me to do yoga. I used to travel to Urunga until I found your classes, where I go each Tuesdays and try for Friday’s unless I have something on.

3. Why do you practice yoga and what have you gained from your practice?
I do yoga to help me with relaxing and I find yoga poses or some specific poses are great for my body, like my lower back, hamstrings and arms such as twists. I feel that gained flexibility has improved and my stress levels reduced since doing yoga. Practising yoga has improved life.

4. What is your favourite pose and why?
Its difficult to name just one pose as several come to mined, but Warrior II can help be extended on to other poses.

5. What are your most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my family and good friends, knowing there are there when I need support.

6. I love One Conscious Breath Yoga because…
As its central and easy parking, all the staff are very friendly and welcoming on arrival and through classes, I am very grateful for Frances our teacher, she has a beautiful soul, her nurturing teaching practices are easy to follow, her smile just lights the room.

Meet our new Yoga Teacher, Eva Brenner











I would love to introduce you to our lovely new teacher, Eva.

When do you feel most alive? Every day on my yoga mat… and jumping into the ocean!

Describe your perfect day. Yoga in the morning, a walk in nature, a good dance and a community project with friends like fixing up a garden or making group art.

What are some books that have changed the way you look at the world? Be Here Now by Ram Dass, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras translated by Ravi Ravidra and Revolution by Russell Brand.

What was a defining moment in your life? I am yet to have one defining moment but I do experience gradual daily learning by experiencing, reflecting and opening up to the present moment.

What words of wisdom would you share with your teenage self? Go your own way!

What are you most grateful for? Family, friends, nature and health.

How has your yoga practice evolved over the years? I came to yoga after years of rhythmic gymnastics, I just didn’t want to compete anymore. When I transitioned into yoga I was doing a lot of vinyasa flow and ashtanga yoga. Although, these styles are still loves of mine I now also incorporate gentle Hatha yoga, meditation, Bhakti yoga through chanting, and pranayama (breathing techniques). My yoga benefits every aspect of my life and I have a much more holistic practice.

What is the greatest gift you have learned/received from yoga? The gift of listening to my body. And I mean really listening, our bodies can tell us so much about the way we need to react, the decisions we need to make and the path we need to follow. Yoga has allowed me to find a trust in my body and an ease in my intuition. Our thinking mind can over analyse, scare us and trouble us, I’ve learnt how important it is to give our body a chance to do some guiding.

How do you feel in one word today? Peaceful.

Join Eva for 9.30am Beginners Yoga and 6pm General Yoga each Thursday at One Conscious Breath Yoga Studio.