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About Lyndal Thomas
My goal is to help people stay mobile, move freely, keep their minds active and do the things they love as they age into their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I teach people to be kind to themselves and to pay attention to the messages from their bodies. I encourage them to make gentle movement part of their everyday lives so they can pursue their passions – dancing, gardening, playing actively with children and grandchildren, travelling, painting, yoga and bushwalking or whatever your passions are. I aim to teach my students how to move their bodies without hurting themselves as well as doing mind activities to keep our brains healthy. My students often tell me how they went on hikes, played with their grandchildren on the floor or did hours of gardening without pain and they credit that to doing yoga with me. Many have even noticed that different aches and pains have reduced or gone completely. Hearing this makes my heart sing and affirms my life’s goal.
I started studying yoga after my own health crisis in my early 30’s and this created my goal to help others with their own well-being path.
I am a Yoga Teacher who teaches general classes and one-on-one yoga. My husband Brett and I both have a passion for natural therapies. We share our lives with our beloved Scottish Terrier HoneyBea.
I became qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 1999 and have been leading Yoga Classes in northside Brisbane since 2000. I originally learned a style called Yoga Chi Gung. This technique was developed by Grant Woolven and is a combination of Yoga and Chi Gung. I run my yoga classes in the northern Brisbane suburbs and have taught in a number of gyms over the years.
Due to my interest in holistic health, in addition to yoga, I have also studied ayurveda. This is an ancient form of Indian healing. I also studied Bowen Therapy, another holistic therapy, to deepen my understanding of the body and mind as being unified and inseparable.
I am crazy about all animals with an enormous love of dogs in particular. I have had one or two dogs for most of my life (except for a few years in my early 20’s when I was doing the things young people do!). As a side gig I walk dogs and visit pets in their homes when their owners are away. I feel very blessed to have yoga and animals as my 2 jobs – my 2 great passions!
As well as traditional and non-traditional yoga postures I have been influenced by the teachings and writings of:
- Moeshe Feldenkrais;
- Thomas Hanna (Somatics);
- Frederick Matthias Alexander (the Alexander Technique);
- Donna Farhi; and
- Thomas Myers.
I have a Second Level Remedial Yoga Certificate with Yoga for Health Australia. This has given me further knowledge on working one-one-one with people and working with their own needs and requirements. I also have a qualification in Seniors Chair Yoga through IYTA.
I have a particular interest in gentle yoga for people who need such a thing.
I am a Level 3 Senior Teacher (highest level) with Yoga Australia. I have over 5000 hours of teaching and over 1000 hours of training (minimum amount of training to be a fully qualified teacher with Yoga Australia is 350 hours).
If any of what I have said appeals to you, reach out and give me a call or drop me a message asking about my yoga classes. No question is a silly question! I would love to hear from you!
What to expect in a class
Each session is 75 minutes long. This includes warm-ups and meditation. Meditation helps you to become more present and aware of when you are holding on to tension. Once recognised, you can then allow it to be released. Yoga and meditation complement each other and help you to learn to tune into your body. You will, over time, gradually enable a lessening of tension. There are huge benefits associated with reduced tension. These include:
- a calmer mind,
- additional energy
- less aches and pains.
When you arrive at one of her classes, you are welcome to ask questions. Lyndal oversees each student and observes their bodies, noting movement and familiarising herself with individual limitations, making suggestions for alternatives. With her suggestions and encouragement you will develop greater body awareness and a body that is less likely to be plagued with back and neck problems. There are a variety of conditions in today’s society that cause our bodies to be out of kilter. Conditions such as anxiety, stress, or depression. Taking these classes will result in greater self-knowledge allowing you to take a huge step toward peace and joy in your life.
Lyndal creates classes where there is no competitiveness. She fosters a class in which students can rest as they need to, do gentler versions of a posture and generally make the class all about them. What they need from week to week may change according to their lives and circumstances.
During her classes, she regularly checks student postures and makes suggestions for improvements. You are encouraged to always work within your body’s limits and discouraged from any straining or painful movements.
The classes are general yoga classes on Northside Brisbane. They are appropriate for beginners and other levels but allow for those who may have been doing yoga for longer to choose to hold postures for a longer period. They can make appropriate adaptations or go deeper into postures.
Students come to Lyndal’s classes from the surrounding suburbs of:
- Arana Hills
- Ferny Hills
- Ferny Grove
- Upper Kedron
- Everton Park
- Everton Hills
- Albany Creek
- Bridgeman Downs
- Stafford Heights
- The Gap