2009 – 2011 – I help thousands of people find physical and mental health through teaching yoga full time in Vancouver. However, I feel disillusioned with the ‘yoga world’ – as the physical fitness we promoted as yoga didn’t sit right with me. I wanted something deeper.
2010 – Met an amazing man, who happens to be Australian. Life changed forever.
2011 – In October, we move To Sydney, and I attend my first 10 day Vispassana retreat a few days later. Mind officially blown. I question everything.
2011 – I stop teaching yoga. Get a job in a pub serving beer and $7.90 steaks 5 days a week. Curiously, one of the happier times in my life. I attribute this to the amount of effort I put into not getting depressed that I worked in said pub, serving cheap steaks – and my totally lack of striving.
2012 – After 6 months off from teaching – my 50 something coworker at the pub, Steve, encourages me to go back to teaching yoga. He just happens to have been a yoga teacher for over 30 years in Melbourne, before retiring from yoga and working in his brothers pub. I begin finding classes throughout Sydney, and feel a new sense of freedom in the yoga community. What…you don’t care what or how I teach? Excellent.
2012 – I become a published writer for the first time. Thanks Elephant Journal.
2013 – I launch Cora & Bodhi.com – my first real website where I write a blog that people actually read. I begin mentoring new yoga teachers – and get even more clear on what yoga and sustainability means to me.
2015 – I get asked to create, organise, and teach a 200HR teacher training program in Sydney. I also create and teach a 20 HR Yoga Nidra teacher training. Biggest career challenge to date. Scary, and in the end, fucking awesome. I run myself into the ground, and seriously compromise my physical health. Infection after infection forces me to recommit to living a slower, more spacious life.
2015 – I bring my passion for mindfulness, yoga and sustainability together to form Slow Yoga.