Booragoon yogi harnessing peaceful mantra

Alex Stokeld used yoga to overcome chronic back pain and sleeping issues.
Alex Stokeld used yoga to overcome chronic back pain and sleeping issues.

BOORAGOON’S newest yogi Alex Stokeld embodies the mantra practice what you preach.

Ms Stokeld discovered yoga as a 17-year-old while searching for ways to combat chronic back pain.

“I had bad back problems because I was sitting hunched over a desk all the time,” she said.

“Yoga was actually my mum’s idea and she took me to my first class and everything really just grew from there.”

A full-time dancer in her late teens and early 20s, yoga helped Ms Stokeld manage muscle soreness and maintain balance in her body.

“I also had sleeping issues from a young age and found the meditative side of yoga really helped with my insomnia,” she said.

A qualified dance instructor with more than a decade of experience, Ms Stokeld began teaching yoga three years ago and has just opened her own studio, Yoga Sita, in Booragoon.

“I am extremely passionate about the practice of yoga and its benefits,” she said.

“My vision through Yoga Sita is to inspire, create optimal health in body and mind and provide a community environment where locals can connect and feel supported.

“I run weekly drop-in classes as well as courses such as a beginner yoga course and meditation course and I’ll also be running one day and over night retreats in various parts of WA and overseas.

“As well as the actual yoga studio, I’ve also created a community room in which students can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee before or after class with other students.

“I really want to create a sense of community rather than just having people coming to classes and then leaving straight after.”