We’re spending some time getting to know our wonderful teachers at Wild Heart Yoga Tribe.
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Meet Jane Fraser
I am a 500hr RYT but perpetual student of yoga because yoga is a living & ever-expanding thing! 😉 I have a keen interest in social justice, mental health, queer & trans community yoga spaces and yoga for all body experiences. I have completed further studies in accessible yoga and yoga for trauma, depression & anxiety.
My practice and facilitation of classes hold an awareness of our deeply individual experiences in our bodies, supports a trauma-informed approach and encourage you to find a connection to your practice and personal experience of yoga. I also hope to cultivate a playful space where students feel free to be themselves and find joy in movement.
Outside of the studio, I love spending time with my two dogs, Tinka & Lorenzo, finding new places to drink coffee and exploring the local markets. I like to take life slowly and am known for stopping to look at the flowers (or collecting pretty rocks)!
My goal for 2022 is to continue expanding and finalise my body love & mental health yoga workshop series’ and complete additional studies in prenatal yoga. ✌
Meet Sarah McDonald
1. How long have you been practicing yoga?
I’ve been practicing yoga for 10 years and teaching yoga for 2.
Truthfully I was first drawn to the practice of yoga because of the poses and how they looked. I thought what people could do with their bodies was amazing and I wanted to be able to do that too. But very quickly I stayed committed to the practice, not for what I could do with my body, but for what it did for my mental health. Yoga helped me name some of my lived experiences of depression and anxiety and that is why it has become an integral part of my life.
Yoga is such a powerful tool that can be used alongside various modalities to support the health of our body, mind and spirit. My passion as a teacher is to support individuals in feeling empowered and safe within their capacity to navigate their own unique human experiences. I also enjoy keeping the practice playful and fun. Sometimes we just need to move it out, shake it out and laugh it out. The mat is whatever you want it to be and I am always grateful that we can come together and get curious within the practice.
2. What is your favourite yoga pose?
Savasana, not gonna lie!
I was never into sports or active activities before yoga so I always found Savasana easy haha! But really, it’s just the sense of peace and intentional time I set for myself to connect within that makes it so special.
However, if I’m feeling strong or playful, I also love a good backbend.
3. As well as yoga what is your go to method for relaxing and being more mindful?
There are heaps of different things I like to do to relax and find more mindfulness. Outside of yoga there is time in nature – hiking, camping, swimming, tending to my garden, being with my pets (cat, dog, fish, birds and chickens!), creating in so many forms – drawing, painting, writing, filming, photography, moving my body through dance, rollerskating and plenty of alone time! Although I also love to be in the company of my favourite people, those I love and feel safe with, often make me feel the most at ease.
4. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I’m a Cairns local, born and raised, but moved away for a few years. I spent three of those years travelling through various places like Central America, North America, South and South-East Asia before I grounded permanently back in Cairns.
I am a very sentimental person and like to hold onto keepsakes from anchored times in my life.
I believe life is about holding the dialect of both light and shadow with as much kindness and compassion we can offer.
My favourite animals are cows!
Meet Melissa Margiotta
I love being a part of Wild Heart Yoga Tribe where I have the privilege of teaching Hatha and Yin classes. My inspiration for teaching stems from noticing the mental and physical changes that happen in my own life through practicing yoga and wanting to share these techniques with others. Teaching for me is all about allowing students to show up and honour where they are at on any given day; both mentally and physically.
I enjoy keeping my classes light-hearted but also informative; offering cues to allow students to cultivate awareness and presence in the body and mind. I love to have a laugh during class and encourage interaction from my students. Whilst yoga encourages us to be reflective and help centre ourselves, I also think it is important for us to enjoy our yoga practices.
For myself, my yoga practice offers me the chance to slow my thoughts, stretch out my body and the time to connect to my true self. Yoga has taught me to live a more positive, calm, and happy life and not to sweat the small stuff.
Professionally I am an Auslan interpreter, and I am fortunate to be able to share yoga with the Deaf community. There is so much more to yoga than the asanas we practice and being able to share the gift of all that yoga has to offer with Deaf students is extremely rewarding. I believe yoga should be accessible for everyone.
When I am not teaching or interpreting you can find me spending time with my family, friends and our two gorgeous Great Danes, either attending cricket or lounging by the pool.
I am privileged and grateful to be on this path with the continued love and support of my family and friends. If we haven’t already met in one of my classes, I’d love for you to join me.
Meet Jassie Maude
I have been practicing yoga for 6 years.
My favourite yoga pose is sukasana. Seated, easy pose. Why? Because in sitting still so much happens and we overtake those who are running. Sukasana is used in meditation, pranayama, at the beginning and end of class and is a pose I use many times a day. I have had many profound moments in this pose.
My go to practice for relaxing and being mindful is meditation in nature by running water. I start my practice in sukasana, seated, with longevity breathwork, deep life enhancing breathing, releasing anything from my body/vessel that is not my pure nature and move into focused stillness. I like to call this my energy alchemy session.
Nature is the perfect place for this as the vibration is high, she reminds us of who we are and the sound of running water helps clear the mind.
The breath is a quick way to bring us inwards, release what is not ours to hold onto and fill our body with life force energy, a perfect practice for wellness.
I am a movement coach, teaching many forms of movement such as spin, boxing, weights training, and most importantly yoga. I am a practicing Personal Trainer, yoga teacher, Energy Alchemist, sound channeler and womb healer.
I hold regular, circles, journeys, dance journeys, yoga and sound events with a special interest in trauma healing, feminine empowerment, self empowerment, sound healing and embodiment techniques. I have a strong connection to nature/earth and her elements and often spend my spare time in ceremony nature.
I am a advocate for love, oneness, and look forward to meeting you in a class sometime soon
Meet Felice Wong
1. How long have you been practising yoga?
I’ve been practicing yoga for 10 years, I have my ups and downs, but showing up is the most important step. I know I will feel way better afterward. And honestly, that’s my biggest achievement. Nothing else in my life besides my family and my best friend has ever lasted that long. It will be a lifelong journey.
2. What is your favourite yoga pose?
Dancer pose/ Natarajasana
Depending on where I am in life, my favorite pose would shift every now and then. However I love to witness my strengths, weaknesses, and personal growth through Dancer pose, a great energising pose with heart opening and back strengthening.
This balancing pose requires strength, flexibility. It’s strong, fierce, powerful as well as graceful, like a asana jackpot. Backbend has never been my strength, but I work on it with lot of warm up.
Yoga is not about how I look in a pose, it’s about how I feel in a pose, the sensations in my body as well as the emotions in my mind. I feel concentrated, determined as I move toward dancer, also learn to quiet the ego. Then I breathe, I engage with a clearer focus. If I fall out, get back in! Have fun with it.
3. As well as yoga, what is your go-to method for relaxing and being more mindful?
Massage definitely my go-to for relaxing. Being mindful of my energy level and mood, honour it without pushing.
As a massage therapist, I strongly believe in power of touch. A good massage is like a rhythmic meditation, both body and mind can heal. Caring for our body, mind, and spirit is our responsibility. It’s about being mindful, actively listen to the needs of our soul and then honoring them.
In our daily life we naturally giving so much to others, its important and necessary to receive. As long as we making sure to fill up other people’s buckets, as well as our own, we are in balance.
4. Tell us a bit about yourslef and your background
I’m orginally from Hong Kong and have been in Australia for 6 years. I used to work in the marketing industry, living a typical busy and overworked lifestyle, always being on the go.
Now I am in love with Cairns, working in the healthcare industry and doing my own mobile massage businss NeedMassage in Cairns.
You can always find me at the beach, in the rainforest or on my mat.
I teach funky strong vinyasa flow on Sunday 7.30am at Wild Heart. The class will definitely be challenging both physically and mentally, but remember Attitude Is Everything! A lot of resistance is coming from our mind, try to approach every practice with curiosity and compassion. I promise it will be fun.
Meet Aurora Packer
I found my first yoga class in London, it was like a time just stopped. I knew I had stumbled onto something that would change the course of my life. I believed in the transformative and healing power of this practice. Not having an understanding of what this practise was I knew I wanted more, so I took myself to India to immerse in my first Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training.
Yoga awakens our physical, mental & emotional potential. For me it’s a sacred practice of coming home.
My intention is to provide a safe space to guide you through this practice, so you can give your body and mind some time and space. Been able to teach and practice at Wild Heart is like having an extended family.’
MEET CAMPBELL WILL
Wim Hof Method Instructor
I am a level 2 Wim Hof Method Instructor, with a solid knowledge base of biomechanics and biochemistry, ensuring participants have a thorough understanding of the principles and mechanisms of action. I pride myself in developing trust and connection with participants, providing a safe space to work through what may arise.
I have a unique systems-based approach to health, understanding that nothing in the body works independently. Focusing on the root cause of pain or dysfunction in place of the symptoms allows for lasting change.
Heart Math Certified
Did you know that the heart sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart? These heart signals have a significant effect on brain function – influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. HeartMath techniques provide scientifically validated tools for managing stress and anxiety. I can help you tap into your heart’s intuitive directions for the best choices.
I will help you to develop a better relationship with the breath and body. Developing an understanding of the respiratory system is a stepping stone to controlling energy, emotional well-being, reactivity, and productivity. The breath is the remote control of the nervous system, and the nervous system is the operating system of the body. Awareness of breath is awareness of self, and learning how to connect mind and body is paramount for health and well-being.