ABOUT
JUST
BREATHE YOGA

“So whether you do your first downward dog at 14 or 54, it’s not your history but your presence on the mat that counts.” 
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Meet Gabrielle

Namaste.

The world we live in today seems to force an over-scheduled, over-booked lifestyle upon us.

To counter this, yoga is a powerful and essential tool for all those who seek sanctuary from the unnatural pace of modern life. With focus and commitment to yoga, you will drop into stillness, breathe deeper, feel your body and rekindle the spirit inside you. 

And it will not just be you, who benefits from these potent effects. All the people you interact with, be it your family, friends, lovers, will feel these affects  as you become more relaxed, nourished, mindful and – quite simply – happier. This, in turn, enhances and strengthens your existing relationships and build meaningful new ones  as you become more confident, calm and collected.

The sessions I offer will help you create a richer, more profound and aligned connection to your body, your breath, your emotions and your spirit – one inhale, one exhale at a time. Yoga is powerful, it transforms you in ways you cannot imagine.

I invite you for a yoga experience where the entry point is simply your breath. Not how flexible you are, not how you look in a pose – or in your pants. So get in touch if you have any questions or simply book yourself into a class course or private session. I look forward to meeting you.

I am a registered yoga teacher and yoga therapist now based in Taranaki, New Plymouth. 

"BREATH is central to Yoga because it is central to life....and Yoga is all about life..."                     

- T Krisnarmarcharya

My Background

The Journey 

  • Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist competed 2 years full time training (over 2,500 hrs), NZ

  • Meditation Practice of Yoga Nidra -iRest with Richard Miller PhD, AUSTRALIA

  • Advanced Teachers Training with Donna Farhi, NZ

  • Vinyasa Flow & Anatomy, Radiantly Alive, BALI

  • Children's Yoga Training, Samadhi Family Yoga, NZ

  • Restorative Yoga, INDIA

  • Non Violent Communication (NVC) - Susie Spiller, NZ

  • NLP Practitioner NZ

  • Somatics Training - Essential Somatics

Just Breathe Yoga Philosophy

Yoga is a journey, an experience, NOT a pose...We don't use our body to get into a pose we use the pose to get into our body. To connect to our mind, breath, and spirit, slowly transforming ourselves breath by breath... bringing more kindness, love and respect into this world...learning to engage with empathy when connecting with others and not reactivity. 

Whether you're a lifelong yogi or just beginning, a Yoga practice grounds you, empowers you, enabling you to become both strong and soft, open and living the life you want to live,  without fear or the need for approval.

"Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life."

B. K. S. Iyengar

 

Why Should I do Yoga? 

 

SEE HOW EVERYTHING IN YOU AND AROUND YOU IS INTERCONNECTED

As you read all the ways yoga improves your health, you will notice a lot of overlap. That’s because they’re intensely interwoven. Change your pposture and you change the way you breathe, Change your breathign and you change your nervous system.. This is one of the great lessons of yoga. Everything is Connected - your hipbone to your anklebone, you to your community, your communicty to the world.  This interconnection is vital to understanding yoga.. This ancient holistic system simultaneously taps into the mulit-layered mechanisms  that have additive and even multiplicative effects. This synergy is the way yoga heals us on all levels.  

 

IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE

FOSTER GREATER BODY AWARENESS 

PROPRIOCEPTION

Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) improving balance and posture. People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Yoga helps to re-create the connection and sense of your own body, both internally and externally , one breath at a time.

 

INTEROCEPTION

IMPROVE MOBILITY, FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH

Yoga works to promote balance and symmetry in the body, relieving tension from muscles and lubricating joints while supporting hormonal balance, glandular function and the work of the organs. It is never too late to regain vitality of your body with yoga.

 

IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING

Yoga will help you to become more conscious of your breathing habits and help you to create healthier ones. 

 

REDUCES STRESS

For a lot of people being in a constant state of fight or flight is a daily reality. Blood moves away from the organs and vital bodily functions when we are in a state of panic. Unfortunately, this can lead to premature ageing, a breakdown of the systems of the body, and the beginnings of dis-ease. Yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind by slowing down the mental loops of frustration, regret, anger, fear and desire that cause stress. Yoga helps to induce and initiate the bodies relaxation response.

 

PROMOTES PEACE OF MIND

The constant chatter of the mind will have you running in circles.In The Yoga Sutras the mind is likened to a chariot and the five senses the horses wildly pulling at the reins. Yoga gives you the tools to sit in the driver’s seat of your chariot with ease and comfort where in the past you might have allowed your emotions to pull you in every direction.

 

CULTIVATES MENTAL WELL-BEING

Perhaps the most prevalent and insidious ailment of the modern world is we are overworked, and overstimulated. We often get lost in a fog of constant motion, moving from one thing to the next. We lack clarity and the simplest things are confusing and stressful because of the sheer plethora of decisions we must make. Under the weight of these daily pressures we begin to crumble. Then one day we wake up and realize that we’ve lost our peace of mind, sense of self, and connection to our bodies.

 

YOGA PUTS US BACK ON THE PATH.

Yoga brings us home. It brings us back to a place where we can feel things again. We move past the numbness and disconnection and we remember who we really are.

 

NURTURES HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIPS

A regular yoga practice with an intention of self-examination and betterment helps develop compassion, and greater equanimity . Its a practice of yogic philosophy’s “ahimsa” (non violence) which leads you to kindness, gratitude, and empathy, towards yourself and others.

See for yourself how Yoga can benefit your life.

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