Our Instructors

Erlinda Lopez

 

erlinda-portrait-two-101121-0389-1-199x300Owner of Erlinda Yoga, currently specializing in Prenatal Yoga, Post Natal Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Yoga Australia Registered Teacher – Senior Level 2, 2008

My Passion and Approach

My passion is to offer a yoga class where my students can experience the physical, emotional mental and spiritual support which yoga offers. A yoga practice that allows them to move from pregnancy into motherhood with a sense of wellbeing, ease and grace. I am especially passionate about guiding my students in using the practices of yoga to develop self confidence and self belief so their birthing experience and early years of motherhood can be more comfortable and fulfilling.

My approach is gentle and nurturing; I believe in this time of such a fast pace of life it is paramount for a pregnant woman to take time to care for their pregnant body, rest the mind, and lift the spirit. This is to enable them to make the transition to motherhood mindfully, connecting with the strength and courage that can only come from their loving hearts.

Through the practices of yoga I guide you to nurture and bond with your little miracle of a baby before, during and after birth. I follow my “mum” heart as I guide you week by week to cultivate that unbreakable bond of love between you and your child.

I truly believe that the way we enter this world influences the rest of our lives; the more peacefully babies enter world, the more peaceful they, and our world, will be. The more I can share and support you through this is of great importance and personal satisfaction to me.

Inclusion of Partners

I am very enthusiastic about encouraging the mother-to-be to include her partner or support person during the birthing of her child, as this role is incredibly important and support partners are often as nervous as mums-to-be about what to expect! They need to be prepared and know how to best support a laboring partner.

Respecting your choices

I respect and support your choices and although I encourage you to prepare for a natural birth, you never really know how things will go, therefore cultivating acceptance of what is and what is not is an important part of what I like to teach. I believe it is all about being happy with your choices and not having regrets with the choices that you made, and feeling that you have done the best you could for you and your baby.

My classes

I like to facilitate small, intimate classes at my home studio, a space dedicated to yoga, where I can give you personalized attention, tailoring and adapting the practice to your individual needs.

I encourage a supportive non-judgmental space and I promote sharing of experiences, as I believe in learning from experiences rather than a book.

I plan my classes from an experienced and passionate “mum caring about mums” space, with humour and compassion we learn together. As a qualified secondary school teacher, I don’t just know about yoga, I know how to teach it too!!

Yoga Style/ Class Types

Prenatal Yoga including preparation for active birth, Post Natal Yoga including Mum and Baby Yoga, Restorative Yoga. My style of teaching is based on Hatha Yoga and the 8 limbs of yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

I don’t follow any particular tradition neither, do I belong to a particular linage or school. I encourage my students to be inquisitive and learn, being open to everything that can potentially bring benefit to their lives.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Yoga Teaching – Australian Yoga Academy (500 hours).
  • Certified Pre & Post Natal Yoga Instructor, Trained by Ana Davis at Baby Bliss Yoga (RPNYT). (100 hours)
  • Certified Relax Renew Restorative Yoga Trainer
  • I have also had the privilege in training with internationally known yoga teachers and authors Dona Farhi and Judith Hanson Lasater.

Joanna Robinson

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Postnatal Yoga & Mother and Baby Yoga , Certified Yoga Instructor at Erlinda Yoga since 2008.

My interest with yoga started at an early age with a fascination of standing on my head and balancing on one leg. It took quite some time for me to actually take a class, it was a time when I needed it and yoga found me…

My journey started when I was a young mum with two young girls and life was hectic; my body and my mind were suffering. With tight, tired muscles I couldn’t even touch my toes. I needed to reconnect not only with my body, but also with my spirit and my energy to find “me”. Yoga allowed me to do this and I soon realized that yoga is so much more than just a physical practice of movement… it allowed me the space to have mindfulness and quiet, and to listen to what my body and mind needed and provide the healing focus I needed. Then the universe then blessed us with a little boy.

As I reflected on how much yoga had assisted me as a young mum, the year my son started school I decided to commence yoga teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy (2007). It was undoubtedly one of the most satisfying experiences I have ever had! Paired with my experience as a proud mum of 3 and (young!) grandmother of 2, it has lead me to where I am today as a fun, energetic yet gentle and nurturing yoga teacher for mums and bubs.

My Approach My Passion

Teaching mums and bubs is my most favorite class to teach, I simply adore babies, and all babies are welcome, whether content or unsettled; there is no judgment in my friendly classes.

I have experienced first hand what happens when as a mums we don’t take care of ourselves or respect that we need to look after ourselves before we can care for others. I believe yoga for mum and bubs is a wonderful opportunity to regain strength, relax and enjoy the company of other mums, and to reconnect with yourself with no need to leave your baby behind. This is actually a time I enjoy supporting you to reconnect with yourself, whilst also building a strong loving bond with your baby.

I like to make each one of my mum and bub classes a celebration of motherhood; I encourage my students to cultivate a deeper understanding of their body after birth, with respect, patience compassion and humor. Honoring your wonderful body and soul as a woman, and as a new mother, is at the very heart of my teaching.

I look forward to share and celebrate motherhood with you and your baby!

Yoga Style/ Class Types

Postnatal , Mum and Baby Yoga, My style of teaching is based on Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Yoga Teaching – Australian Yoga Academy (500 hours) 2007
  • Certified Post Natal Yoga Instructor, Trained by Ana Davis at Baby Bliss Yoga