From my earliest exposure to mindful practices, a seed was planted that has grown into a passion for yoga. My mum gave me a cassette tape of progressive muscle relaxation to help me sleep as a child, and my father attended some mysterious classes that I thought had something to do with yoghurt!
Yoga, mindfulness and meditation in its various forms have been a regular part of my life since late 2001 when I experienced a severe bout of anxiety and depression. I began to use the relaxation techniques I had learnt as a child every night before bed and sought out books about mindfulness and meditation by authors such as The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat Zinn. While travelling I taught myself yoga from books and dropped into classes when I could.
Amy McKenzie xx
I attended the St Kilda Iyengar Yoga School in 2004 and later studied Iyengar yoga under Beverley Boyd in Nagambie for 10 years. I attended meditation classes between 2002 and 2004, with personal practice waxing and waning over the years.
I have completed two modules of Meditation Teacher Training at the Gawler Foundation's Yarra Valley Living Centre. My Diploma of Classical Yoga was obtained at the Australian College of Classical Yoga.
I have found that regular practice of mindfulness, meditation and yoga have a profound effect on my outlook on life and sense of wellbeing, in body, mind and the less tangible that we may refer to as spirit.
Since I was a child I have wanted to make a difference in the world. I care deeply for the planet and all sentient beings. I have been on a journey over the past 20 years searching for a way to live a life of truth, love and integrity. I have had many personal struggles along the way but have come to a place of relative peace within myself and in my life as a mother of 10 and 7 year old boys. Before training to be a yoga teacher, most of my reading regarding self development was been related to Buddhist traditions and I still hold these teachings dear. I believe that living a yogic life is a great step towards being the difference I want to see in the world. It helps me to function more effectively as a human being and a mother, and to be of service to others.