Different paths brought this husband and wife team to yoga, and their life-changing journey on and off the mat continues with the opening of Marakata Yoga & Wellness.
Around raising their three (now grown-up) sons, Ky has been teaching kids, teens and adults through the health and fitness industry since 2002. For eight of these years, she started, grew and managed a successful, award-winning swim school with a colleague and dear friend and their wonderful staff team. An animal lover for as long as she can remember, Ky is also a qualified veterinary nurse.
Anxiety, hypertension, vertigo, and a caring - and persistent! - friend led her to yoga in 2016 and, through what soon developed into a daily practice, her body, mind and heart found health and healing that continues to grow with each well-lived day.
‘I had been toying with the idea of trying yoga for many years, but I always thought that I wasn’t skinny enough, flexible enough, coordinated enough…and the more I saw yoga ads on social media and such, with pictures of beautiful, dancer-type, young women twisting themselves into shapes I couldn’t get my head around - let alone my body! - the more I was convinced that yoga wasn’t for me. But then I started, and I soon realised that for these reasons, and many more, yoga is actually perfect for me…’
Eager to learn more about this ancient science, Ky became a qualified yoga teacher, which has evolved into wanting to share the transformational benefits of yoga with as many people as she can. Forever a student, Ky regularly participates in workshops and courses, receiving additional training and certifications in kids and teens yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, meditation, the chakras, the Om Mantra, and Usui Reiki for humans and animals.
On the mat, Ky’s ‘welcoming,’ 'warm,' 'fun,' ‘motivating’ and ‘authentic’ classes are inspired by her connection to Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga. Off the mat, you will find this foodie sharing a meal with family and friends, strolling through a farmers market, swimming in some body of water, walking her dogs in nature or shaking it in a Zumba class!
As the hardworking father of three teenage boys and looking for a healthy way to blow off some steam, Craig decided to give mountain bike riding a try. That was back in 2009 and hundreds of trails and a few bikes later, it is still one of his greatest joys. But like many sportspeople, Craig soon discovered that to get the most out of his preparation, the event itself and his recovery, he needed a more well-rounded approach and his mate recommended yoga to complement his training program.
Through a regular yoga practice, Craig’s breathing efficiency, core strength, flexibility, posture, balance and mental focus has improved exponentially. He says he can feel a huge difference ‘in the saddle and in my life’ resulting from his Yin and meditation discipline.
Yoga has brought a sense of awareness, presence and harmony to Craig’s experiences on and off the mat, and the bike! Appreciating his practice as the ‘game-changer’ it has become, Craig is excited about sharing the transformational benefits of yoga with our community.
You will see Craig’s smiling face around the studio, no doubt on his mat in one of our classes!