Boat Pose

Through yoga one can register the subtlety of experience and realise one’s generative power.

Generative power is creative. It is our life force that we share with all nature. Through yoga we can understand ourselves as nature. The studio is named Generative Yoga to underline our fundamental being as nature, and also because yoga supports that which we desire to generate/ create. As nature, we are ecological beings – in relation to all. Yoga involves heartfelt relationship to both human and non-human beings.

Yoga is an ancient practice associated with different traditions and religions. In the contemporary context it has many manifestations. But yoga is always a deeply personal practice of self enquiry and realisation. I encourage you to find out what yoga means to you, and to also develop a personal practice.

I understand yoga as a movement-meditation the most essential aspect of which is the breath. I merge the fundamental aspects of hatha yoga with an intuitive fluidity. I consider yoga a practice for every body, every day that enables us to realise the beauty and brilliance of life that we always already are.

I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and over the last 3 years I have been privileged to experience the teachings of internationally renowned yogi(ni)s. Of these teachers, those that had the most significant impact on me were Mark Whitwell (Teacher Training, Fiji, October 2016), Shiva Rea (Lunar Arts, U.S., October 2017), and Ty Landrum (The Dance of Shiva, Italy, July 2018).

Mark taught me the significance of the breath, of understanding yoga as a personal practice and as relationship. He introduced me to the seminal teachers of yoga – Krishnamacharya, and his son Desikachar, whose text The Heart of Yoga is a key reference for me. Shiva emphasised the beauty of connecting to the earth and moon, of pulsating movement, and the value of vinyasa as able to move and alchemise energy. She introduced me to ancient yoginis whose movement is sensual, and intuitive. Ty taught me the power in understanding the fundamental relation between creation and dissolution as linked to the inhale and the exhale and understanding the expansion and contraction of the inhale-exhale not as separate, but as mutually supportive. His teaching enabled me to combine the soft receptivity emphasised by Mark’s teachings, and the sensual fluidity emphasised by Shiva’s teaching, with the critical sense of strength, grounding, and dissolving of generative form.

My perspective is also informed by such spiritual teachers as Lee Harris and Rupert Spira. More recently, I have been introduced to Thomas Hubl. His teaching deeply resonates with me and I will travel to Israel to learn from him at the end of 2019. What most impacts me of Hubl’s teaching is his emphasis on the importance of relation for healing. Healing begins when one is present with another; one’s presence with another allows one to be present with oneself. Through this relational presence we can begin to release our traumas.

My teaching translates what I have learnt from both globally esteemed yogi(ni)s and spiritual figures and from the many equally valuable teachers I have had in Melbourne. My very first influential teacher in Melbourne was Paul Wooden. He transmitted to me the beauty and gravitas of yoga that kept me coming back each week to practice, and quietly I began to understand yoga/spirituality as my path. My most recent yoga teacher in Melbourne is Trudy Radburn. I respect her energy, knowledge, and generous investment in each student. Trudy’s more solar (dynamic, strong) playful style balances my more lunar (slow, sensuous) meditative approach.

I have been teaching for 3 years. My intention as teacher is to support my students in developing a relation of presence to themselves and others, where they are connected to their heart-space and vitality and can begin to release any stuck energies that limit their flourishing.

I am honoured to walk the yogic/spiritual path both as teacher and student.

        Simona Schmidt, PhD.