Teaching yoga as a way of life: DIA yoga

Diana Madisson Elliot of Yanchep. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d444224
Diana Madisson Elliot of Yanchep. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d444224

YOGA teacher Diana Madisson Elliot has started holding classes at the Jindalee foreshore.

Originally from Estonia, Mrs Elliot said she spent most of her life in Finland until she met her now husband in Bali four years ago and moved to Perth.

The Yanchep resident, who described herself as “a dreamer, a smiler, bit goofy and an optimist”, has set up Dia Yoga 12 years after she started studying the discipline.

“My path on the road of yoga started in 2003, at Finland Astanga Yoga School,” she said.

“I have studied astanga, vinyasa flow, hatha, iIyengar, bikram, power and restorative yoga in different yoga studios around the world, but vinyasa flow is the style of yoga I enjoy and practise the most.

“Being a yoga teacher has been my calling and to share the gift of yoga with others is the fulfilment of my dreams. I am first and foremost a student, and I recognise all beings and nature as my teachers.

“I wish to bring smiles and joy to my classes, give my students a moment away from their daily routines, a new experience, a positive mind and energy to nurture their own wellbeing.

“One of my biggest goals is to teach my students how to take their yoga off the mat, living with compassion and presence, towards themselves and others.”

As well as paid group and private classes, Mrs Elliot said she would offer free ashtanga yoga classes from 5.30pm on Wednesdays, starting tomorrow.

“In the hope of bringing the community together, I have started some free classes so everyone can have the opportunity to join the path of yoga,” she said.

“Outdoor classes add a different dimension to one’s practise and pare yoga down to its original link with nature.

“Yoga means ‘union’ and when it’s practised outdoors, it seems like the union with nature, humanity and the universe is truly felt.

“Looking into the vastness of the horizon, observing graceful birds flying, the open space expands into the greatness and you sense the freedom you just can’t replicate indoors.

“The music comes courtesy of chirping birds, flowing wind and the waves lapping up on the beach – I couldn’t put together a better playlist if I tried.”

Mrs Elliot said she had studied various forms of yoga in India and Bali, and last year qualified as a stand-up paddle board instructor and yoga teacher in Perth.

DIA YOGA CLASSES

Tuesdays: vinyasa flow, prenatal, ashtanga

Wednesdays: vinyasa flow, ashtanga (free)

Thursdays: ashtanga, stretch and flex, vinyasa flow

Saturdays: vinyasa flow, stretch and flex

Sundays: ashtanga, stretch and flex

Costs: $10-$15 per class

More: www.dia-yoga.com