Welcome to A Wanderlust Soul
In a nutshell
I am a yoga teacher, makeup artist, student, writer and bucket list enthusiast from Brisbane Australia.
I created A Wanderlust Soul to share my experiences as I travel, grow and learn through life as I believe all wonderful things deserve to be shared.
A word on passion
I stumbled around for a long time with my finger in every pie trying to find my passion. Today my passion is sharing an authentic and holistic yoga practice, however the road was bumpy and long before reaching a place where I just knew that this was my path and my passion. It took a series of events, break downs and rebuilds to get here. I understand what its like to feel a little lost when trying to answer the question “What are you passionate about?” so, I will share with you the best advice I have received to date. If you don’t know what you’re passionate about, follow your curiosity, if your curiosity doesn’t lead you towards your passion, at least you have lived a curious life.
My yoga journey and the path to authenticity
I first started doing yoga not to bend myself into all sorts of positions but to calm my chaotic and destructive mind. I had been told by my doctor that yoga is very effective for patients who suffer from anxiety and depression. Two challenges I was facing at the time. I started studio hopping trying all kinds of westernised yoga practices for two years. This certainly helped calm the internal storm to a degree but I knew there was more to this than breathing in and breathing out and moving to the next pose. My interest gravitated towards the origins of yoga with all sorts of unanswered questions… “Where does it come from? Why do we do things the way we do them? How much is there to know? How much can I learn?”
I started to discover that the practice of yoga asana barely scrapes the surface of what yoga is as a whole. Yoga is a philosophy, a way of living, a way of being that brings us closer to our authentic self.
I took the the plunge and at a whim set off to Rishikesh, India which is said to be the birthplace of Hatha Yoga to learn an authentic practice from gurus that devote their life to the ancient art. I now firmly believe this was destiny as this is where my life changed forever. The girl who left Australian shores in April 2016 is now a memory. I was introduced to the teacher within and I quickly understood the magnitude of task in front of me, I was both scared and ready for this internal journey.
Oh there were tears with every realisation, with every meditation class a new obstacle was overcome. I weaned myself from Anti depressant medication as it became abundantly clear to me that there was no use for mood altering substances in the life that lay ahead of me, these medications only cause us great detachment from our true selves (although I fully understand the decision when you feel there is no other option for your situation, I have been there.)
One of the most valuable lessons I learned is that emotions are fleeting, this brought new life to the quote “This too shall pass” as there were many times I had my bags packed and ready to book the next flight home with tears in my eyes saying this is too hard as every demon from my past and the ones I put upon myself faced me with fire in their eyes, however the universe always delivered on this vow… and that too did pass. With each day that went by the constricting feeling of my old life was slowly released and I can shamelessly say I experienced what can be called a “rebirth” after overcoming the first few hurdles during this transformation period.
Yoga keeps us grounded through the hard times, rejoices with us in the good times, and heals us in the sad times. It helps us gain control when we feel as though we have none.
It is my duty to share this wonderful feeling with the world as I know what it is like to be trapped by your own mind and self imposed limitations, I know what its like to be lost looking for answers, looking for some kind of hope to cling on to. Yoga not only saved my life but yoga introduced me to life. Yoga opened me to my own potential and yoga taught me that I am love. Yoga stripped my fears and gave me courage to be authentically me.
I now share an authentic practice driven by love and compassion and a strong devotion to sharing this great knowledge to those who are seekers. Sometimes all we need is a little guidance, we all have it within ourselves to face up to our challenges whatever they may be.