My combined experience of being a yoga instructor and lifeguard has given me a deeper understanding of the relationship between the two. My love for yoga gave way to becoming one of the founders of Itsalife.
Before turning my passion into an occupation, I first discovered yoga as a treatment. When I was 14, I got into a major car accident that resulted in injuries that caused body misalignment. Yoga did help me improve my situation, and soon after, I found myself treasuring the experience.
I taught myself how to do yoga poses at the age of 19, practising with other teachers from Australia, as well as Europe and Indonesia. Yoga helped me to stay fit and healthy, complementing my dedication to staying active.
At the same time, I have always admired the ocean, allowing myself to enjoy the waves through surfing. I found that yoga, a physical and spiritual practice, enhanced my stability and flexibility. It also helped with my body alignment, while giving me more stamina so I can last a long time riding the waves.
Coupled with my interest in staying active while in the water, I can say that yoga played a significant role in me becoming a professional City of Gold Coast Lifeguard. Since 1997 up to this day, I am an active lifeguard. In 2006, I was assigned in Jersey Channel Islands working as a lifeguard until 2009.
My Relationship with Yoga
A year later, in 2010, I started my journey as a self-taught yoga instructor. I began teaching in Sumbawa, Indonesia the same year and in Sumba in 2011. I then became a professional yoga teacher and waterman. I explored more of Indonesia, venturing into the Mentawai Islands for six years since 2012.
Itsalife was born later. I completed 250 hours of professional Abode yoga training and then becoming the headteacher in 2015. Certified Abode training provides tools to create a lifestyle program that works on a personal level. It is one of the best ways to understand the mind, body, and health.
Through my experience, I am now qualified to share my knowledge in yoga Asana, pranayama, kundalini, and meditation, among others.
I am now reaching the age of 40, but I have never been more flexible and injury-free than in my younger years. One thing has not changed though; I am still as fond as I have been when it comes to sharing my expertise in yoga to those around me. Believe me; it is the ultimate way to get rid of pain and suffering while keeping the body and mind calm and peaceful.