Meet my yoga instructor!

One of my favourite things to do is showcase other health and wellness professionals that can support you beautiful Mama’s on your journey to wellness. We Mum’s like word of mouth when it comes to choosing our support people – we also like to know a little bit about that person to see if they’re  a good ‘fit’ for us. So this week you’re going to meet Nerine McDonald and find out how she ended up doing yoga in skinny jeans (not a good idea!) and her favourite pick me up for low energy. Nerine is our stunning yoga instructor for Australia’s Ultimate Yoga Event For Mums on March 1st. You’ll have the chance to ask any question you want of her about yoga on the morning (whilst sipping on C-Coconut Water!) Early Bird tickets have now sold out but you can still get general admission for a few more days. Buy your ticket here! 

Welcome Nerine!  You’re a yoga instructor in Barwon Heads – can you tell me what your earliest yoga memory is?
Learning how to carry myself, to stand up straight and erect! I’ve been 6″ tall since I was 12 years old – something akin to a stooping bean pole! Also, the feelings of bliss and contentment experienced from the practice – unlike anything I had never experienced before.

And your weirdest yoga moment?
Definitely substitute teaching a last minute class in a very large popular Gym, IN SKINNY JEANS, on a Podium with a Madonna headset microphone entangled in my long wavy hair…
Farting and falling asleep are all natural, normal and very common  Yoga occurrences in case you were wondering!

Tell us about what teaching yoga means to you?
I live for the experience and benefits I have obtained through Yoga personally – it feels only natural to share Yoga with others and hopefully make a difference to someone’s day, perhaps even their life. I am grateful for the opportunity to share Yoga Practices I continue to study, and facilitate classes supporting others on their path to unity of mind, body and soul.

What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness means a complete experience of health and happiness in thoughts, words and actions. Easily said… not so easily accomplished in a world so full of fast paced lifestyles, technology, pollutants and competition! Healthy eating will only take you so far along the path of health, we must consider our internal dialogue along with the way we speak to, and treat other humans, animals and our environment.

What’s one thing you do daily to be kind to yourself?
Ooh! My Yoga practice – be it 5 minutes of breathing exercises (Pranayam) and a mini-meditation to help wash away a cranky mood and become present, or a session of strong physical Yoga Postures (Asana) to lift me up!
A little forgiveness everyday always helps, we try our best – let it be enough sometimes.

Your favourite 3pm ‘go to’ craving killer…?
Rice cakes with Almond Butter and Dates… and…an inversion! When one inverts, (or gets upside down!) four major systems of the body are affected positively – cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine systems. Tissue fluids of the lower extremities drain—far more effectively than when one is asleep and areas of congestion clear. Blood will drain quickly to the heart, tissue fluids will flow more efficiently into the veins and lymph channels of the lower extremities and of the abdominal/ pelvic organs, facilitating a healthier exchange of nutrients and wastes between cells and capillaries.

5 words you would use to describe yourself?
Dreamer, joker, energetic, happy, compassionate

The weirdest ingredient in your pantry and what you use it for?
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is pretty weird! I have a ‘no speaking to me policy’ while I am taking my daily shot. It’s not pretty, but once it goes down I find it helps when my skin is lacking clarity (i.e. pimple attack), clears digestive stagnancy and puts a little pep in my step.

Nerine teachers Vinyasa, Purna & Hatha styles of Yoga in Geelong, The Bellarine and Surfcoast. find her on facebook: PowerVinyasaYogaBarwonHeads

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