Lucy Lawes

Student level

I seek to share yoga in a way that is grounding and nourishing - this is how I practice, and I hope it can offer you an interesting pathway to explore. I encourage students to find freedom and self-compassion in the unique expressions of their energy.

Consciously or not, we spend a lot of our days reaching outward in expansion. The yoga practice offers us a forest of tools that can help re-connecting to centre, and thus to the soil of the environment we inhabit.

Teaching & Certification

  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Australian Yoga Academy (350hrs)
  • Yin Teacher Training with Sarah Owen (50hrs)
  • Teachers I am mentored and inspired by include: Dominique Salerno, Jo Buick, Eva Büman, Karina Smith, Dice Ida-Klein and Elena Brower

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes, where it may help deepen a posture or experience - and always with consent.

  • Theming: Yes - elements of philosophy drawing from Buddhism and Zen, mythology connected to the asanas, poetry and reflections linked to the eight limbs of Yoga.

  • Sequencing: Organic, dynamic movement that works through the whole spine, with focus on a particular area of the body or a peak pose. There is always special attention to opening heart and hips, with freedom to explore individual expressions of a given posture.

  • Music: Gentle, sometimes nature-inspired, no lyrics.

On & Off the Mat With: Lucy Lawes

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

Everything! Coming from the background of being an artist, I am always looking for new ways to connect seemingly disparate parts. And yoga is all about integrating - within ourselves and with the world around us. Nature is an infinite source of inspiration - so much we can learn by simply being quiet and observing how the threads around us form such an intricate web.

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

My practice has become a lot less about perfection-seeking (don't we all go there to some extent?) and a lot more about observing current states of being. The postures, breaths, challenges become more inner-self-conscious rather than outer-self-conscious. And slowly, some days more than others, that persistent voice of self-judgment can dissolve into a softer, more fluid form of accepting this moment, just as it is.

The deeper I go into the rabbit hole of yoga, and yoga teaching specifically, the less I feel like a teacher and more like a student. Every encounter, experience, mood or emotion can be directing us towards more clarity (or more habitual haze) about a situation. It's like an expanding circle of a spotlight - the bigger the light circle gets, the wider the circumference and thus the space of possibility. I find it such a privilege to share my own discoveries in hope of helping others to cultivate their own sense of broadening, and re-centering.

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

There's an incredible presence to yogis - teachers or otherwise - who embody all that they teach, so that it infuses their way of life. Dominique Salerno (principal of AYA) and Jo Buick have both been incredible guides for me, as a student, and in my path towards becoming a more prudent, authentic teacher.

There are many more wonderful teachers I have gained greatly from too, including Dice Ida-Klein, Elena Brower, Mark Pheely, and Karina Smith.

Nature is an infinite source of inspiration - so much we can learn by simply being quiet and observing how the threads around us form such an intricate web.

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

Expect creative, flowing sequencing with focus on breath and movement that is safe, strong and fluid. My intention is to help every body feel embodied and empowered, regardless of shape, experience, current ability. To help facilitate the experience yoga as a practice and a guide in growing through life's challenges and joys.

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

I love a slow flowing vinyasa practice, with freedom to move intuitively, like an ocean wave - strong and soft. Perhaps it's the high Vata/wind or air quality in me needing balance or perhaps in our dynamic lifestyles we have a general need to touch base more with the earth. There's something soothing about the ability to carry yourself through space without rush, the ground firm under your feet and the breath light in your lungs.

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

Swimming is a beautiful meditation for me. The rhythm of the movement, the flow of water and the connection to breath, always.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

Tough one to choose! At the moment my favourite is the sea otter. Did you know they hold hands when sleeping to not drift away from each other and have a leg 'purse' in which to store their favourite shell-smashing rock? They are gorgeous expression of joy, community and intelligence. And they get to tumble in the waves for fun!

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