YOGA POWERS ATHLETES
A SHORT FUSE, A BROKEN HEART AND A BAD BACK LED TAMMY WILLIAMS FROM NURSING TO YOGA. NOW THE BOWEN-BORN TEACHER TRAINER IS HEADED HOMEWARDS TO SHARE HER SOUGHT-AFTER EXPERTISE, AND SPOKE WITH
From the town affectionately known as “Bowenwood”, yoga teacher trainer Tammy Williams is taking the yoga world by storm by empowering people to take control over their bodies and minimise their selfimposed suffering through movement and breath. Tammy educates people from all ages on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and her students range from elite athletes, to grandmothers, business people, students, to the famous and the not so famous and everyone in between.
Now living on the Sunshine Coast, the girl from Bowen still calls North Queensland home, and travels up to Mission Beach, Townsville and Mackay for teacher training to bring yoga to the regions and make it more accessible to those living in rural areas.
Tamara Williams (nee Pascoe) left her home town of Bowen to the big smoke of Townsville to pursue a career in nursing at James Cook University.
When she developed “nurse’s back”, she began to dabble in yoga, but the turning point happened when Tammy was harbouring a broken heart and decided to learn to surf while travelling overseas.
She had such a short fuse and was so frustrated with herself, in the end her surf instructor politely suggested she take up yoga.
Yoga worked and, voila, the seed was planted. It helped with fitness and keeping a cool head for her athletic pursuits.
On the Sunshine Coast, she began teaching yoga on Moffat Beach once a week. People started to ask for more classes and eventually she had to cut back on nursing to fit it all in.
Her business, Yoga NRG, was the first to offer Power yoga in Queensland, and her work evolved naturally from the humble beginnings on the beach to becoming the travelling yoga teacher trainer she is today.
Now, Williams helps a wide scope of athletes from pro surfers to triathletes, Paralympians, the Victorian swim team, and professional basketballer Simon Kerle, who went on to open his own yoga studios in Brisbane.
“As you deepen your awareness and understanding of yoga, people see massive changes in their bodies, get an understanding of themselves they never thought possible and learn how their bodies work,” Williams explains.
“Apart from the fitness aspect of yoga, the mindfulness aspect of yoga helps with concentration in what people are doing moment by moment awareness.
“Athletes put so much pressure on themselves. Mindfulness helps athletes come out from their prime career.
“Yoga helps them deal with the now, the non-striving mindset, health and wellness. Athletes are conditioned to be top of their game so yoga really helps.
“Knowing when to back off, mindfulness is so much better and focusing on the breath.
“Self-compassion is probably the hardest part of the practice.”
Williams gives this advice to anyone new to yoga: “Don’t stop at one class.”
“Try different teachers and styles. Go to a class where you connect with the teacher, so you will attend more regularly. There is no such thing as the right way. Find something that encourages you to become own teacher.”
A 72-year-old was the oldest teacher-trainer student Williams has had, the youngest 21 years old.
“Yoga doesn’t discriminate. Yoga provides an even playing field for all people in all walks of life, and abilities,” Williams says.
Tammy will be visiting Mission Beach in May for a mindfulness training getaway retreat.
This is an opportunity for those wanting to gain a deeper understanding of yoga for personal development or to begin the process of becoming a qualified teacher.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOGA-NRG.COM OR CALL 0439 418 571.