Josie Schwarzer (Dynamic Hatha, Yin, Restorative Yoga teacher)

What’s your signature dish? Um, not sure. I have a reputation for always making things up and changing recipes. So, my signature dish is the not-so-signature dish.


Tea or Coffee?
Coffee! No coffee, no prana… wise words by teacher and friend Mauricio  😆 


Favourite café?
I like my post-practice coffee or juice at Albert & Moore.


Cat or Dog?
Dog – can’t wait to have my own! Grew up with a beautiful Labrador. My sister is a vet assistant, there are always dogs and all sorts of pets around in my family.

 

Birthplace? Potsdam, Germany.

 When did you move to OZ? 6 February 2011. German precision…


Star Sign?
Cancer


What quote do you live by?  
The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer


What Yoga style do you practice? 
At home Josie-style – whatever my body and mind need – and in studio Dynamic, Hatha, Yin, Restorative.

 


How did you start yoga?   
My mum suggested yoga as an alternative treatment to my sciatica when I was a teenager. So, I tried everything BUT yoga. The pain got worse and eventually I went to my first class. A few years later, my mum had another great idea: I should become a yoga teacher! It would be good for me, she said. I responded saying ‘that I would never be one of those people’ and moved to Australia instead. See ya! The first room I rented was with someone involved in the Northern Beaches yoga community who is now one of my fellow teachers. You can’t escape what’s meant to be.


Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?  
Sanity and a place to come home to.


When and where did you do your first Teacher Training? 
Qi Yoga Teacher Training in 2014.


Favourite pose? 
Anahatasana (Heart Melting Pose). I like the opening of chest and shoulders and the stretch for spine, lower and upper back. The pose is also said to open the heart chakra (Anahata), which is always nice.


Least favourite pose?  
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose). It confronts me with my imbalance and weakness.


If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why?  
Probably Donna Farhi. Despite expertise, she takes a holistic approach and literally ‘brings yoga to life’ (read the book if you haven’t yet!).


Best in-class blooper?   
It involves the pelvic floor and a raspberry (pre-natal class). The rest I deleted from my memory…


Lululemon or Dharmabums? 
Lululemon.


Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination?  
Bali is my all-time favourite.


What do you love most about your job?  Observing the shift in students from beginning to end of a class. It’s the most beautiful and rewarding thing to witness. It can be deeply touching.


What have you given up to teach yoga?  
Insecurity and fear of fully exposing myself.


What have you gained by teaching yoga?  
Compassion, love, knowledge of body and mind, increased ability to show up for self and others.


If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?  
Hang in there, it’s going to be ok.


What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga?  
Ocean swimming, running, dancing and all sorts of outdoor fun. I’m also going to learn another language this year.


How long have you taught at Qi?  
Since 2015.

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