Gen Braund

Student level

My first yoga lesson was at school when an 82 year old woman came along and put her leg behind her head which definitely caught my attention!

Over the next few years I got slowly into Bikram Yoga, and from there moved into Vinyasa and Yin. I teach in a way that gives alignment tips and tricks so that people can move into the version of the asana that best fits their bodies, allowing them to explore new shapes and sensations. I have a tendency towards getting bendy through the back and the hips!

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hours with Sampoorna Yoga, Goa (India)
  • 30 hours Yin with Power Living
  • 30 hours Assisting

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Firstly, I adjust/assist for safety. Once I get to know the student and their body a little better, I start to work on perfecting alignment for their body, and from there on deepening their posture.

  • Theming: I tend to build around an emotional theme that can also be accessed through the physical, to cater for students who are better able to access a concept through the mind and those who use their bodies more. For example, in a class focusing on presence, we would use balancing postures to find presence in the body as well as finding meditative spaces to find presence in the mind and emotions.

  • Sequencing: I'm really into sequencing with purpose and care - working up towards a peak posture or sensation allows students to explore previously unavailable asana, whether that comes from physical, mental, or emotional blockages.

  • Music: I like music that isn't super familiar because I know I get distracted and want to boogie when my favourite song is playing! I also like a good cover of a familiar song, interspersed with lo-fi chill and more traditional devotional songs.

On & Off the Mat With: Gen Braund

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

I love to teach. I did my uni degree in primary school teaching, and I always aim towards helping all people learn - it doesn't matter about the ability, the learning style, the length of practice, the reason they show up.

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

My practice has taken the form of always trying to be a better person. That aim for positive change wasn't really a part of my life beforehand, and although I've definitely had setbacks and it's never easy, I'm trying to become a better version of myself.

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

Getting bendy, but also hopefully finding that 'ah-ha' moment when something you've been working on finally clicks!

I teach in a way that gives alignment tips and tricks so that people can move into the version of the asana that best fits their bodies.

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

Yin! What at first seems easy is the most challenging practice of all - to be able to sit in stillness and let your mind follow suit.

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

Haha... definitely not.

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

Hill of Grace book shop. I'm a big book nerd and they have the best range!

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

Margaret Atwood (bomb feminist author), John Mulaney (favourite comedian), and Keith Richards (let's make it a party).

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

I'm at the beach. Swim, tan, sleep, done.

Images photographed by @mavisjeanphotography and @bookofayogi.

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