LisaHsSmWhat lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pale in comparison to what lies within you. - Waldo Ralph Emerso

  • 2 year Diploma in Yoga Teaching, Academy of Yoga Learning 
  • 5 day Mental Health Awareness training for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Psychology (The Yoga Institute & Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy)
  • 5 Day Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga Intensive - Doug Keller
  • Neurophysiology of the Breath Masterclass with Roger Cole
  • Member of Yoga Australia (Level 1) 

 

Yoga nourishes us to our core, bringing balance and integration to all levels of our being – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My classes are Hatha based, sometimes strong, sometimes not.  I encourage everyone in the class to work at their own pace, listening to their own bodies & honouring their needs “in this moment”. We feel into the sensations of the body, and work towards finding the place where there is balance between our effort and our ease.

In Sanskrit, Sthira: steady effort, and sukham: joyful ease. 

I guide students to focus on function over form, on the breath surrounding the movement, on awareness throughout the whole practice, and include
meditation, relaxation, pranayama and some occasional chanting. Using these practices to enable us to create an inner space for clarity and bringing us
closer to our real self: the place where true self love, peace, belief and joy all reside. I would love for students in my classes to leave feeling more connected to themselves, stronger, happier and more confident in who they are, and in everything they choose to be. Member Logo Registered 1

Lisa was first introduced to yoga in 1995, attending classes with Deepa Ebeli. (Now of Breathing Space Yoga). Deepa’s immense knowledge and authentic, passionate and genuinely caring style of sharing all that is yoga has been her foundation in a strong and committed yoga practice. Lisa completed a 2-year Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the Acadamy of Yoga Learning (Now The Acadamy of Yoga & MindBody Education). In this training she experienced  a wonderfully broad range of passionate and supportive teachers across various lineages of yoga. 

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves - Dalai Lama.

SunYoga Story

SunYoga was created by Claire Heywood in 2002. Since its inception, SunYoga has provided gentle hatha yoga classes to the inner west community of Melbourne in a variety of locations and settings. Lisa Worley took over SunYoga in 2018, and she continues the good work of providing accessible, friendly and transformative yoga to the community of Albion, Footscray and Point Cook.

Reflections on yoga and how it sits in our modern world - written by Claire Heywood, SunYoga founder:

Our busy lives are jam packed with activity.  Every waking moment is filled with doing, and we are required to be constantly available for communication and the relentless bombardment of information. We are driven to consume and achieve.  Our modern role models and idols are celebrities, sports stars and millionaires. In this culture of (for most of us) unachievable ideals we are too often left feeling empty and profoundly inadequate.

These beliefs and ideals even filter through to the yoga world, which is largely portrayed in the media by limiting images of young, flexible and beautiful female models.  Much of the yoga available is marketed to us primarily as a fitness regime with a bit of spiritual washing; yet another consumable tool to make us look good and stay young. The predominantly strong, physical, and fast paced yoga classes that are currently on offer can be quite exclusive, and sadly put many people off yoga altogether.

Yoga can be embraced and enjoyed by everybody; all ages, shapes and sizes. The physical elements of yoga are only part of the bigger yogic picture and they can be adapted to suit everyone.  Yoga postures are a step on the road towards opening into more subtle yoga practices. If our body is functioning well and not distracting us then we can work more deeply with the breath and the mind.

I see an important role of a general yoga class in today's fast paced world as being the antidote to the stresses of modern life and the pressure to achieve.  Let's go slow.  Let's not stress, strain and push.  Let's not impose preconceived ideas of who we are or what yoga should be.  Let's invite a genuine inquiry into what is and foster a loving, compassionate, inclusive and friendly approach to life.

Claire Heywood
0448 074 204
claire@claireheywood.net

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state. ~Sharon Gannon