Aaron Petty

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My yoga journey started between the ages of 18-22, when I was going through a series of injuries that heavily affected my quality of life (or so I thought at the time). During those 4 years, I not only gained 15 kilos but I was anxious, depressed, and had a very negative outlook on life. It was at my lowest point that I found yoga. It felt like I had been reunited with a long lost friend, the practice seemed so familiar. In the first week of my practice, I dediced to cancel my gym membership and attended 10 classes. Within that first year, I had attended almost 300 individual classes and needed more.

When it comes to my teaching, my style varies from class to class, though you can expect a strong, ritualistic Vinyasa alongside a nurturing (yet maybe confronting) Yin or Meditation. My aim is to leave the yoga practice open to as many different bodies and people as possible, whilst challenging students beyond their comfort zones. My classes are relaxed and humorous whilst maintaining a degree of both effort and ease.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 Hours - Power Yoga, Berwick
  • 100 Hours - Awakening Yoga with Patrick Beach & Carling Harps
  • 50 Hours - Yin with Nik Robson

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: If given consent, I give adjustments.
  • Theming: Only on special occasions will I theme.
  • Sequencing: Variable.
  • Music: Lo-Fi, Hip- Hop, Folk, Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz. Whatever I'm vibing.

On & Off the Mat With: Aaron Petty

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

People from all walks of life, learning & growing together. I'm inspired every single day by the people that show up to practice with me openly and wholeheartedly. Watching yoga change lives is beyond motivational.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

I have been able to find a style of practice that resonates with me personally. Less influenced by the studio I am practicing at or the teacher in the room, I'm more influenced by watching the way my body reacts to movement patterns, having that deeper understanding, and moving in ways that serve me.

It was at my lowest point that I found yoga. It felt like I had been reunited with a long lost friend. The practice seemed so familiar.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Patrick and Carling, Monica Aurora, Nik Robson.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Expect to laugh, breathe and move into and beyond your comfort zone.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

I'd workshop everything, all day, breaking every single thing down to its core then building it back up.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Wakeboarding and skating. Does that count?

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

My bed.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Nikola Tesla (so he can give us a lightning show), Aang from Avatar (the last air bender), and Alan Watts.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

There's tea involved.

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