An estuary is where the waterways meet the vast ocean. This is a beautiful illustration of connection - different parts of ourselves, and people from all walks of life, coming together in harmony and community.
Like this natural sanctuary, Estuary Yoga offers each person a space to breathe, move, and cultivate ownership of creating balance and flow in their lives. Amidst the busy noise of daily doing, there is space to navigate home, in community. Together, we nurture, enliven, and grow.
To get here:
Lucy: My journey started with Bikram/Hot Yoga - which is a far stretch from how I practice now! It seems a fitting reflection of how I approached life then, and what has changed since weaving yoga into daily life, as a verb (ie. practice!) - rather than using it as a 'fix' or a solution.
Consciously or not, we spend a lot of our days reaching outward in giving our attention and energy outwards. The yoga practice offers us a forest of tools that can help us gather and re-connecting inwards. For me, the steady (and slow) journey in learning through these tools has become a form of prayer; an invaluable well to draw from, and return to, particular in challenge or discomfort.
The yoga practice has and continues to guide me towards a way of living that honours integrity over intensity, and a soft strength that can only be cultivated with patience. My relationship with self, physically and mentally, has become lighter, more integrated, and more honest. This inevitably flows out into life in so many ways - expected and surprising. It is truly a grand and humbling experience to hold, and to share in community.
The joy of creating, the desire to share this gift of yoga, and the strength and confidence of my husband Andrew!
Personally, I adore these lines extracted from Diane Ackerman's 'School Prayer':
I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.
Estuary Yoga has 3 words guiding its ethos: Nurture, Enliven, Grow.
I wish for every single person walking through the door to feel each of these, hopefully simultaneously, throughout their experience. The little things count: whether its the way they are greeted, to the scent offered at savasana - every element can be a part of a practice that offers safe, nourishing space for what is needed.
Amidst the busy noise of daily doing, there is space to navigate home, in community.
Soothing or gentle flowing tunes that compliment rather than distract from the style of practice.
Twenty & Six is our local fave - for great coffee (they make their own almond milk too!) and nourishing, satisfying food in a sunny courtyard. For those into sweet treats, there's also the famous Beatrix literally 2 minutes walk away, indulgent for eyes and belly.
A short stroll towards Errol St takes you to Mörk Chocolate or 5Lire. There's plenty of fresh grassy strips around the North Melbourne community to chill out on for a sunny picnic with friends, pups or young ones!
The very human connections that form in those little moments before, during and after classes. This is an aspect of community we intended to foster, but has grown beyond what we hoped for. The warmth, support and diversity that has come together through the yoga practice is beautiful - and we certainly wish to keep nurturing, enlivening and growing this as we journey onwards!