Hi I’m Tina. A Melbourne based yoga teacher.
Over the past five years, I have busily blended growing a new family with a career. Life as a working Mum was moving so fast I was blind to the affect it was having on my body. All of a sudden, I found myself completely unprepared for what the universe had in store for me next. Shingles. The brutal and agonising pain of shingles right in the middle of my back. At the time I had no idea what was wrong with me let alone that this condition was here to stay indefinitely in the form of Post Herpetic Neuralgia. Whilst it has been over a year now since I became unwell, I still have sensations and a low level neuropathic pain just buzzing away constantly in the background. It never disappears completely so my challenge is to manage it on a daily basis and try to stay positive. Stress and fatigue exacerbate it so my life now is simple on purpose. The realisation of this persistent pain was the start of a whole life change, a physical and mental battle, and dare I say, a massive ‘A-ha’ moment.
My background includes working for 15 years in the corporate world for various medical companies. In the year 2010 I had my first baby closely followed by my second baby twelve months later. Returning to work then with two small children was a whole new ball game. Developing new skills so I could work on my own terms was the first step to positive health.
Since becoming a teacher what I wish for now is for more women to not be intimidated or ‘put off’ during their first yoga class so that they can experience the true benefits. Especially when they feel exhausted and burnt out already.
Hopefully by encouraging women to slow down they will discover yin as a great way to re-fill their energy tank and begin a mindfulness practice. Far more helpful to life off the mat.