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Dazzies Last class
My last class in Darlinghurst BYCOI. 99 students in the room. It was like teaching a class to all my friends. Can you imagine being in a class where you know the names of all 99 students. I told every old joke I have always told. It got a bit emotional at the end. I love you guys and for me it is the end of a era. One of the greatest times of my life. Thanks to Mark Bond for capturing the moment.
I have always like the idea of competition. In yoga people are sometimes torn between what they think yoga should be and the idea of yoga combined with competition. I have always found that the competitions that I entered always inspired me to go to the next level. Rather than a competition against others, for me, it was always a competition within myself to try to do my very best. Lets face it it is easy to get your head on your knee during class. You try doing that same posture with 300 people watching, spot lights and a panel of judges thrown in for good measure. Now lets see how well you can hold your mind still.
Where it all began. I started the Bikram yoga Darlinghurst school in March of 2002. I did all the fit-out myself, sleeping on a skungy old mattress within the construction chaos. At the time there was only 1 other bikram yoga school in the whole of Australia. Soon the school was so popular I opened a second school in Rozelle. Later in 2010 I took over the lease of the second floor in Darlinghurst. At Darlinghurst we were running 62 classes a week 7 days a week with 15 other great teachers by my side. Sometimes more than 300 students in a day would come through the doors. It was totally yoga crazy. Man it was fun.
I started Chinese dragon Boating in 1995. it was a huge part of my life for many years. I started with the Pacific Dragons DB club and we were one of the lower clubs on the paddling circuit. We worked hard, made some good decisions and our club started to gather momentum. We went from just an ordinary club to being the most awarded club in Australian Dragon boat history. The culmination of all the work was winning the 500m Mixed title at the Club Crew World Championships in Macau in 2010.
- 2004 bronze Medal 500m mixed World Championships – Shanghai, China
- 2007 Appointed Captain of the Australian Dragon Boat team, World Championships Poznan, Czech Republic
- 2009 Pacific Dragons win all 9 titles at Australian Dragon boat championships.
- 2010 Pacific Dragons win 500m mixed title at the Club Crew World Championships – Macau,China
I love these shots. They were taken in Foley street out the front of Bikram Yoga Darlinghurst. Darlinghurst is one of the inner city suburbs of Sydney. There is always something going on in the back streets. Now even yoga. Thanks goes to Mark Bond for capturing the feeling of urban yoga.
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China is close to my heart and I have traveled there quite extensively. What else do you do when on the Great Wall. yoga of course