Y oga has been my guide in life. I found a connection with it as a child when a swami wrote a simple blessing in my travel diary: “Do good, be good, may God’s light always shine through you’’. That was something I kept inside of me.
I was born in Hamilton, New Zealand. Dad [John, 82] was a plumber [and later a property developer]. He wanted to travel, so from when I was age seven to nine, the family travelled through Europe and England towing a caravan.
After studying science at university in Auckland, I did some travelling myself and then moved to Brisbane in 1984, following my parents. I’ve always come back to yoga through my life. I have regularly. In the mid-’90s, I started studying yoga and set up my own yoga business, Manasa Yoga. I’ve also studied naturopathy and massage.
In 2009, after 24 years of marriage, I was divorced and decided to go to an ashram in India
to study yoga further. Yoga is a journey and I’m
thoughts take me away. There is a consciousness in my living. My partner in life is a jazz pianist and he doesn’t practise yoga. I love walking, nature, being outdoors and I’m learning the piano again after playing as a child. I’m also learning guitar. I’ve always had an interest in permaculture and earlier this year I bought 40 hectares of land at East Wardell in northern NSW, which will be a sanctuary for humans and animals.
The only thing we control in life is ourselves. I didn’t have the perfect childhood but I don’t identify myself by that. My mum died several years ago of early dementia from alcoholism. My dad has some memory problems and I’m helping him to remain living independently. I have huge gratitude and love for both my parents and I care for my father now with love. I could have followed the patterns my parents had or spent my life blaming them for who I was. But yoga has shown me there’s no-one to blame. There is a choice for each and every one of us.