Demeter is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She currently holds intermediate junior level 1 certification. As a teenager, Demeter sought solace in the natural world by going on long bike rides and running in the bushland around Sydney and the waterways of the harbour where she grew up. Recognising the relationship between absorption in the natural world in exercise and more formal methods of enquiry, she was inspired to find a practice after studying Indian philosophy as an undergraduate. Demeter began Iyengar yoga classes in Sydney in 1999. Her earliest experience of yoga left her with a deep sense of awe that she had not encountered before. In the discipline of practice at home she discovered that this feeling could be replicated and further explored. Demeter was invited to begin teaching Iyengar yoga in 2003 as an apprentice to Linda Apps while finishing studies in psychology. The urge to share her understanding with others grew as a result of the powerful effect yoga had upon her life. Practice offers Demeter a way to see, express, and work with parts of herself that need to be understood, expressed or evolved in order to function in the world in an integrated way, but the central motivation for her practice remains it’s ability to connect her with the transcendent. The clear and practical exposition of the subject of yoga by BKS Iyengar and his children in their teaching and writings has offered Demeter reassurance that understanding and freedom are accessible to anybody. The simplicity and profundity of this practice lineage inspire her to persist in the challenge of conveying to others what she continues to discover her self. After teaching in Sydney for five years, Demeter moved to Canberra to study with Alan and started to teach at Yoga Mandir in 2008. She has visited India to study with the Iyengar family a few times, the most recent trip to the RIMYI being November 2019. She attended Geeta Iyengar’s 2009 trip to Australia, and was at BKS Iyengar’s 100th birthday celebrations in India in 2018. Managing the demands of a family including three young boys, ongoing post-graduate study and teaching only seems possible because of the central position of relationship with practice. It is a source of strength, nourishment and at times refuge, and it maintains the openness of heart required to be with the inevitable changes encountered through life.