Tania Murphy - Yoga Teacher & Owner
I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in 2016, completed a 50hr teacher training in 2017 studying Yin Yoga and recently attended a 28.5hr teacher training with Noah Maze. I currently have over 1000hrs experience in teaching.
I have completed a Diploma in Ayurveda, aMaster Herbalist Diploma and have recently qualified as a Reiki Practitioner. I am also studying Aromatherapy, Organic Skin Care and Face Yoga.
Why do I teach yoga? I teach yoga because it changed my life, my focus, my self-confidence, my body and my general sense of well-being. I teach yoga because I want to share those benefits with others. I want them to feel those same benefits. I want my students to feel more focused, more mindful of their own health and well-being, to become stronger, freer, more comfortable and confident in their own bodies.
I first came to a regular yoga practice about 5 years ago. I had dabbled in yoga before but I didn't understand yoga then. I didn't understand how to treat my body. I thought yoga was too slow, the effects I wanted for my external appearance didn't happen fast enough. I thought in order to become fit and healthy I had to keep pushing my body. I was doing a lot of running at the time, pounding the pavements, working up a sweat doing 10k runs 4 times a week. I was working full-time in a desk job sitting all day long and I had an old spinal injury that I had forgotten all about. The constant pounding, building strong legs, whilst having a weak damaged core which slouched all day at a desk was a recipe for disaster. One day my back just gave up and I was in agony.
After countless visits to doctors & specialists having tests and scans, I was told that I had a bulging disc and degeneration of the spine. I was told that an operation was not an option and I was prescribed all sorts of strong pain killers to take. The severe pain I was in also brought on a condition called Fibromyalgia for which there is no cure just more pills. The pills prescribed for this condition are anti-depressants which stop the pain signals from going to the brain. So apparently that was it for me a lifetime of pain and pills with harmful side effects.
I was determined that this was not it for me. I was not going to spend the rest of my life taking pills and being in pain. My gut instinct told me in order to fix myself I needed to get stronger. The only exercise available to me due to my condition was yoga. I booked myself into a weekly class and started to practice. Sometimes it wasn't easy, sometimes my back played up, sometimes there were postures I just couldn't do, sometimes I got frustrated,a few times I went home early in complete agony but I wasn't going to give up. The more I practiced the stronger I became, the more open and less tense my body became, the less pain I felt.
Now I no longer have a bulging disc, I still suffer with pain but I don't take pills. Occasionally, if I have a bad flare up I might take something but that's quite rare nowadays. When I feel pain, stiffness, tension - I do yoga. I listen to my body, I listen to how it wants to move, or not move - sometimes a few long yin yoga holds are what it needs to create space in the joints.
I believe that we all have the ability to massively improve our well-being naturally if we listen to the signals our bodies are sending us.
I like to think outside the box, and although conventional medicine is sometimes completely necessary and live saving, it is not always the only answer.
I look forward to meeting you in class and I'm always available for a chat if you have any concerns or questions.
Much Love & Namaste