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Alpine Observer - - News - Emily Rose

What do you do?

I mainly teach yoga. I teach vinyasa yoga (a strength­en­ing flow­ing style), hot yoga and a gen­tle restora­tive style blended with mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion. I teach classes at Bright Boot Camp and Alpine Fit­ness Cen­tre, as well as de­liv­er­ing my own work­shops and re­treats. I also teach kids yoga too which is a lot of fun.

Have you al­ways done that?

No. I have been teach­ing yoga for over four years but only the last two years as my main busi­ness.

What else have you done for work?

Prior to mov­ing to Wandiligong I worked as a man­ager in in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion for RMIT Univer­sity. I sup­ported stu­dents from all over the world to study on schol­ar­ships which in­tro­duced me to some amaz­ing cul­tures and took me to ex­cit­ing places.

You’re a mem­ber of the Alpine Ru­ral Aus­tralians for Refugees. How long has that group been run­ning for and what do you aim to do?

Alpine RAR started about two years ago - ac­tu­ally just be­fore I moved to the area. The group has two main ar­eas of fo­cus. One is to as­sist in sup­port­ing the lo­cal refugee com­mu­nity through fundrais­ing ef­forts, do­na­tions, men­tor­ing and vol­un­teer sup­port, in com­bi­na­tion with BMA Linx. The sec­ond area of fo­cus is on in­creas­ing aware­ness of the is­sues sur­round­ing asy­lum seek­ers and refugees in Aus­tralia and build­ing com­mu­nity sup­port to wel­come refugees.

Why did you get in­volved?

I worked with Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, both in the UK and in Mel­bourne, or­gan­is­ing events and cam­paigns. I have been a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of hu­man rights for many years. I was re­ally ex­cited to find out there was a group work­ing on these is­sues in the com­mu­nity and hoped I could add my own ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to help the group.

Is there any­thing the group is work­ing on at the mo­ment?

At the mo­ment we are putting to­gether a pro­posal to coun­cil to add the Alpine Shire to the Refugee Wel­come Zone. This is a com­mit­ment in spirit to wel­com­ing refugees into the com­mu­nity, up­hold­ing the hu­man rights of refugees, demon­strat­ing com­pas­sion for refugees and en­hanc­ing cul­tural and re­li­gious di­ver­sity in the com­mu­nity. We plan to have a key­note speaker event later this year and a com­mu­nity pic­nic and/or din­ner, and we also hope to be in­volved in a pro­gram that of­fers host fam­i­lies for refugees to come on hol­i­day to Bright and sur­rounds.

What do you do in your spare time?

Now that there is snow on the moun­tains you’ll gen­er­ally find me ski­ing.

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