About

My name is Sandy. I am a queer, non-binary yoga teacher currently based on Gadigal Country (Sydney, Australia). My roots are Jivamukti Yoga, in which I have been 800+ hr Advanced Certified since 2012, although these days my practice has evolved to include more diverse approaches to yoga; such as slow vinyasa, yin, restorative and trauma-informed.

During the last decade of me teaching in-person full-time, I have also been recording and uploading audio versions of my classes to my website, to stay connected to the students I met while teaching and travelling internationally.

When the global pandemic hit, and we were thrust into the online world exclusively, I decided to revamp my website and refine my offerings. The result is what you see on these pages – a high quality collection of audio recordings, of varying styles, lengths, and levels; a livestream channel where you can practice with me virtually in real-time, or as a replay; and deep-dive courses for yoga teachers and yoga enthusiasts to broaden their experience.

My wish is to present yoga in an accessible, fun, and interesting way; with the possibility of being both challenging and nurturing.

I hugely believe in balance, and in recognising the ebbs and flows of our moods, body functions and energy levels – all of which contribute to varying needs across the years, months and days. We need different practices at different times. One day we may crave a sweaty 90 minute practice that pushes our perception of what our physical body is capable of; another day we may be grieving, bleeding, or recovering, and in need of a short, mindful movement sequence that will not require much physical endurance. This is why you’ll find so much variety in my offerings here on this website.

Want to know a bit more about who I am as a person? Read on:

  • I was born in Denmark and speak fluent Danish.
  • As a teenager, I was a theatre kid who loved alternative music and wearing black exclusively (that hasn’t changed). I detested any kind of sport and hardly ever moved my body, resulting in intense inflexibility and lack of strength (this has changed),
  • I discovered yoga after high school and did my first teacher training after attending less than 10 yoga classes.
  • In 2012 I was the youngest Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in the world.
  • My partner of 9 years, Sas Stephenson, is also an Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and we often teach together.
  • I co-founded Queer + Trans Yoga Sydney in 2013.
  • I used to co-own an eco yoga clothing business called Yogeeks (shout out to anyone who still has an OG shirt!).
  • I have been vegan for over a decade and am passionate about animal equality.
  • As well as yoga, I love dancing, rock climbing, snow boarding, swimming in the ocean, astrology, cooking, reading, making soaps and candles, watching every episode of RuPauls’ Drag Race, disappearing into the bush, going on adventures with my love and meeting people across the world who share similar interests.
  • I am a cancer sun, scorpio moon and virgo rising = I am a big softie, with lots of feelings, who wears a lot of black and presents as being very organised.

Thank you for being here with me. I hope we get to know one another!

SK x

Lineage

In 2011 I began studying formally with my teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life (founders of Jivamukti Yoga Method), who studied extensively with Sri Brahmanada Saraswati, Swami Nirmalananda and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. My lineage is important to my sense of belonging within the yoga community because it reminds me that I am part of a living tradition which has been passed down over hundreds of years.

I have continued my yoga education over the last decade, often traveling across the world multiple times a year to spend time with my teachers, maintaining my connection and refuelling my passion with renewed inspiration.

The teachers I have studied with the most are:

  • Sharon Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti)
  • Jules Febre (Jivamukti)
  • Yogeswari (Jivamukti)
  • Rima Rabbath (Jivamukti)
  • Ruth Lauer-Manenti (Jivamukti)
  • Jessica Stickler (Jivamukti)
  • Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd (Jivamukti)
  • Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati (traditional Hatha)
  • Seema Johari (traditional lineage holder in Haridwar)
  • Katie Rose (vinyāsa)
  • Maria Macaya (trauma informed yoga)

Teaching Intentions

I am passionate about dismantling the modern exclusionary yoga “fitness” culture; instead teaching yoga as an integrated holistic approach to the radical acts of Self-exploration, Self love and Self care. For me, Yoga has never been a purely physical practice – but instead an access point for regulating mental health and emotional wellbeing, while embarking upon spirituality in a fun and exciting way.

I endeavour to honour the traditions and rich cultural history of yoga, by using Sanskrit language during my teachings, incorporating classical yogic philosophy, acknowledging my lineage and continuing to study.

I hope to continue improving access to yoga for marginalised folks who traditionally have been excluded from or faced barriers in accessing yoga practice – queer people, gender-diverse people, neuro-diverse, differently abled, low-income, less mobile, remote, BIPOC and many others.

I have also witnessed the power of yoga in bringing people together, as a means of building community through finding common ground; what in Sanskrit is known as Satsang.

I am always learning, growing and evolving; as we all are. I am doing my best and realise that I will occasionally make mistakes. My intention is to both honour the traditions of yoga as they have been taught to me by my teachers, while also being adaptable and staying current with the modern needs of people, as our world changes.

Credentials

  • 2008: 200hr Hatha Vinyasa Yoga TT w/ Samadhi Yoga, Sydney
  • 2011: 300hr Jivamukti Yoga TT w/ Sharon Gannon & David Life, New York
  • 2012: 500hr Jivamukti Yoga Apprenticeship with Jessica Stickler, Sydney
  • 2012: Advanced Certification in Jivamukti Yoga, New York
  • 2012-2015: Co-created and Co-taught Queer & Trans Yoga at Twenty10, Sydney
  • 2013-2020: Mentored 8 teachers through Jivamukti Apprenticeship, Sydney
  • 2020: Mentored on Jivamukti Yoga TT, India
  • 2021: Co-created and Co-taught 2 independent yoga TTs with Krama Yoga, Sydney
  • 2021: Completed Trauma Informed Yoga TT with Radika Foundation, Barcelona (online)