Rowie Geraerts

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My Dad took me to my first yoga class when I was 16 and I've pretty much been on the mat ever since. I teach Vinyasa Flow with a strong emphasis on breath and moving from and with the breath. Both strong alignment and fluid creative movement and sequencing, ideally set to delicious beats.

Teaching & Certification

  • 200 hour in 2011 and 300 hour in 2014 at Sampoorna Yoga in South Goa, India
  • I've been obsessed with the quest for more learnings ever since and have trained and practiced with all my favourite people including: Meghan Currie, Laughing Lotus, Marysia Do, AYA and a few more
  • Amy Coglan and Rosie McCaughey have probably been my biggest mentors in the game

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes all of them.

  • Theming: I think theming is a super important and delicous layer to have in your yoga classes. I always theme every class, sometimes more subtly, sometimes more obviously. I like to blend my teachings from India, travel and life with life in Melbourne and life on the mat. I think it's such a gift to be able to share and make relatable the pillars of ancient yoga philosphies into everyday life and practice in the west.

  • Sequencing: I generally have a peak pose or theme in mind when sequencing. I like to move around the mat and put in surprising but smooth transitions as much as possible.

  • Music: My music taste makes Spotify discover weekly seriously confused. It's so eclectic. I've been known to play Eminem in my yoga classes and also flutes/piano standard goodness.

On & Off the Mat With: Rowie Geraerts

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

Practicing yoga everyday. Hanging out in the sun and by the sea. Reading all the books. Listening to all the podcasts. Great open-hearted and open-minded chats with like-minded and opposite-minded friends.

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

I am more explorative and interested in my self-practice as a way of finding my own style of sequencing.

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

Amy Coghlan, Ryan Mannix, Meghan Currie, Marysia Do, Deb Langley, Eionn Finn.

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

Expect to be challenged without feeling intimidated. I think I am pretty compassionate and down to earth nature which (I've been told) disguises my progressive and challenging flows in a veil of accessibility. I think my classes are pretty genuine and authentic and i always try and relate the philosophies of the practice to life beyond the mat and also give students a reason for why they're doing everything/anything.

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

Vinyasa Flow. I just love the dance around the mat and finding both freedom but also strength in the body that we sometimes forget about.

Both strong alignment and fluid creative movement and sequencing, ideally set to delicious beats.

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

Yes I think its super important to mix it up to keep your creative juices flowing. So much of my practice and sequencing is inspired by movement other than what I find in the traditional yoga practice. I run and F45 (basically do anything I don't like. I also surf and cycle. I think it's good to do things you aren't good at because it's super important to always be willing to be in a beginners mind and do things you dont like (Tapas).

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

A park, the beach, a library or class specific somewhere where one of my favourite teachers and pals are teaching at.

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

David Attenborough, Tenzin Palmo and Meghan Currie. They'd have all the adventures and life ideas to talk about.

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

Im at the beach/on my yoga mat or in the mountains.

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

Dragon fly - I like that they can fly and also walk on water.

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