HOW I LEARNT TO USE YOGA TO CREATE GREATER BALANCE AND CONTROL IN MY OWN LIFE… and then help others do the same
“I remember walking out of the studio after my first Yoga session feeling my feet on the pavement feeling really grounded”
That was me after trying Iyengar Yoga for the first time in 2002.
Back then I was running my own funky cafe` in Sydney, when I realised I could use some help managing my own stress levels and overall life balance. I wanted to enjoy my life more whilst building a successful café business and strong relationships. Lucky for me I chose yoga, I found I was able, to drop the reins and be guided into what would be a new beginning for me. The feeling of surrendering to the practice and allowing the magic of yoga to transform and help me to create the life and business I truly wanted; getting better at navigating through the various obstacles my life has presented me with along the way.
Fast forward a few years, 2 children, the sale of the cafe and a tree change to the Southern Highlands. Life had taken many twists and turns and my body and mind were yearning to get back on the mat. It was after losing my partner to cancer and struggling with depression that I knew that yoga was again the friend I needed in my life.
…the friendship of yoga was still there waiting for me, like a faithful loyal dog. I resumed a regular practice again with local teachers and couldn’t get enough. I was like a sponge absorbing water; I loved it.
This was the beginning of a much deeper journey for Annie Di Natale.
A mission to learn from the best so I can be my best.
And to gain the necessary experience and qualifications to teach and help others.
Now a single Mum to 2 young boys, this was no easy task. I am forever grateful to my two young boys Jack and Josh, along with the great network of family and friends, who supported me at every step along the way. Allowing me the time and space to follow my passion, with enthusiasm and tenacity.
Enabling me to attend advanced workshops and Teacher Training with International Yogi Superstars, Yoga Immersions, workshops with John Friend, Betsey Downing, Sianna Sherman and Maty Ezraty, Anusara Immersions 123. Live the light of Yoga 200 HR Teacher training with Noah Maze and Christina Sell.(on going training with both teachers online)
As well as doing a lot of yoga. All of which has both healing and enlightening for me.
The mind was growing, the cells were expanding and the smile and the confidence was coming back. Now being a fully qualified teacher, it was time for me to start sharing all this with others.
It was back in 2013, when I took my first Mittagong yoga class with a few friends on my back deck at home and I have never looked back. Sharing my joy of yoga practice is like putting deposits in the bank of Asana, it is one of my greatest passions.
I have no doubt that Yoga can be a great friend and help you too.