Jude started yoga 20 or more years ago, for improved flexibility and relaxation to counterbalance a long term passion for distance running; however running related injuries – along with a very stressful work environment – led her towards a more committed yoga practice. Accepting that she may never be super flexible nor entirely injury free – and that more importantly, neither needed to be a deterrent to practising Yoga, she became more receptive to the wider benefits that yoga and meditation had to offer.
She undertook Yoga Australia Level 1 in 2013, (350 hour) Yoga Teacher Training (at A Fine Balance, Mona Vale with inspiring senior teachers FabioFabbri and Yolande Hyde) to deepen her knowledge of yoga – with little thought of actually becoming a teacher. The experience was literally ‘transforming ‘and instilled a desire to share the benefits she received with others.
An asymptomatic cancer diagnosis reinforced her interest in the therapeutic use of yoga, pranayama (breath control) and meditation (supported by acupuncture & TCM and energy healing through reiki and qigong) – in healing and supporting those living with chronic illness, directing her towards an interest and practice of the Vini-Yoga style of Therapeutic Yoga.
Jude remains passionate about teaching yoga in an inclusive way, prioritising the breath, slowing it down, adapting postures (as far as possible) to suit the individual – with benefits available for everyone regardless of age, injury or other perceived limitations. She teaches Hatha Yoga (generally influenced by the principles of Ayurveda – the seasons, weather, environment and our innate constitutions) with a focus on balancing energy through both ‘moving’ and ‘held’ yoga postures, pranayama, mudras and mediation practices. Her own Yoga practice and teachings have been influenced by inspiring workshops with Gary Krafstow, Nikki Myers, Mark Whitwell, Donna Fahri, Nikola Ellis and Melissa Turnock.
Jude reads & enjoys creative writing & trying to draw, travel and languages, trekking in mountains, healthy cooking & eating, growing vegetables, her much loved family and friends – and her dog.