Phoebe Collins: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin

Sydney, Australia

What’s your signature dish?
Hmm… I am very much into throwing a few things from the fridge together and seeing what magic happens.

Tea or Coffee?
Tea all the way!

Favourite café?
Albert and Moore – The best chai and Naked Burger Bowls!

Cat or Dog?
Doggies – Maverick, the big goof, my Hungarian Vizsla has my heart!

Star Sign?
Capricorn… but I’m on the cusp of Saggi and Capri…if that makes any difference?!?!

What quote do you live by?
Watch your thoughts, they become your words,
Watch your words, they become your actions,
Watch your actions, they become your habits,
Watch your habits, they become your character,
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

What Yoga style do you practice?
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, YOGA!

How did you start yoga? I started yoga when I was in Year 11 (16) my parents were getting divorced, stresses of high school were starting to pile high and it was a nice way for Mum and I to connect and support each other. I went to a few classes here and there, but I came along to Qi Freshwater for my first Ashtanga Course and it was love at first Downdog!

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?
Self Love, clarity, and a big cheesey grin!

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
I trained with Michael de Manincor at The Yoga Institute in Cammeray in 2010.

Favourite pose?
Skandasana Crab Pose from side to side! So good for the adductors and hippies.

Least favourite pose?
Bow Pose Dhanurasana – Eeeek!

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why?
Shiva Rea would be pretty amazing. I love her fluidity and creativity in all of her poses and sequences. Makes the practice look so super strong yet soft and graceful.

Best in-class blooper? Oh to name one is tricky!
“if this pose is a little challenging sitting and folding forward, I can take you up against the wall.”  
It was fine  until Julie Dimond (who was in class) started chuckling out loud and the rest of the class cottoned on and the whole class burst out laughing.

Lululemon or Dharmabums?
Well, working at Lululemon for numerous years, I am biased and have to go with Lululemon, however, Dharmabums kills it in the print department.

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination? Italy in Spring / Summer. Anywhere near the coast or in Tuscany. Who am I kidding /… anywhere in Italy would be fabulous!

What do you love most about your job?
I love the connection. The connection you create with the students, the privilege of guiding students to find connection or re-connection with themselves and the totally blissed-out faces after savasana.

What have you given up to teach yoga?
I recently left my secure job to give full time Yoga Teaching a good red hot crack but as I give up that security and stability I have invited more passion, creativity, freedom and happiness into my life. So I think it’s a good switch!

What have you gained by teaching yoga?
Like minded friends and community, creativity, happiness, self confidence, insight and a whole lot of LOVE.

If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?
Take a deep breath, slow down and everything will be ok. Everything is as it should be.

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga?
I love to surf, draw, paint, create mandalas and crystal necklaces, walk my doggie Maverick, dance and explore the beautiful surroundings we live in.

How long have you taught at Qi?
Not long enough! Since 2015.


Here’s some recent feedback on yoga with Phoebe:

“I did a 12:30 yin class at freshwater yesterday with Phoebe and was absolutely blown away! I completely surrounded to the practice and hands down was the most amazing yin class iv taken. I’m currently half way through my end of year college exams and have been at such a high frequency for almost 4 weeks now. I came into that class feeling so adrenally fatigued, so wired and absolutely drained… and left feeling like a different person. For the first time in four weeks I felt calm and at peace. I really needed this to get me through exam period and went on to ace my exam that afternoon.

I just wanted to pass this feedback onto Phoebe herself! Keep doing exactly what your doing lovely, its something so incredibly special.”

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