Lars devotes much of his time and energy to teaching and practicing yoga because he believes it is ideal for helping us cope with the demands of living in this era. He enjoys watching how people change as they pursue this discipline, developing softness, tranquillity, and strength as they come to a better understanding of themselves. He believes you don’t have to have powerful muscles or flexible limbs to do yoga—it’s not about performing on the mat but rather coming to understand who you are, getting to know yourself, by focusing on breath and movement. Taking yoga with us out of the studio and into the day, we may find it’s easier to deal with our aches and pains, our disappointments and struggles. Yoga is about fostering a synchronicity between self and the world; the micro becomes part of the macro.
Having worked for many decades as a chef, and then studied wholefood and macrobiotic cooking, Lars is interested in the way many people become more aware of how what they eat is affecting them. As they become curious about the relationship between food and the body and mind, he is able to offer advice about the ways diet can be used to support the changes they are undergoing.
Lars Skalman completed the Dancing Warrior Teacher Training Course in 2013 to complement his already extensive involvement in Hatha-based yoga. Previously, he undertook training to teach Ki yoga at the Zen Renaissance Healing Centre, which he finished in 2004. Having taught in Sydney for the past eleven years, Lars has sought to deepen his understanding of this exciting and challenging discipline, attending courses at Yoga Synergy, and with the renowned Clive Sheridan.
Cate's passion for human evolution is fuelled by more than three decades as a yoga teacher, meditator, occupational therapy and therapeutic massage. Her experience in switching people on to possibilities for mindfully managing physical and mental health through the many tools that yoga has to offer. She established Yoga Solutions, the first workplace-based yoga program in Australia, YogaPass, with a community of more than 500 yoga studios across the country intent on introducing yoga as common practice to address the health issues our community faces, Mad4Massage, a network of masseuses providing event, workplace and online booking services across Australia, and Healthy Results Seminars, a series of 12 easy-to-understand seminars giving people direct access to the raft of tools yoga provides to excite people to take the path to ultimate health. She was the NSW Representative for Yoga Australia from 2008 to 2011. She now spends much of her day facilitating for and introducing Off the Mat. Into the World ; an organisation that builds a bridge between yogis and activists to bring about a better world.
Cate is guided by Masahiro Oki's teachings, which has a strong base in yoga for the community. One of the guiding principles is Hoshi - Devoted Service:
" Hoshi is a life of giving. The fact that we are alive means that we are constantly receiving, thus we should in turn give back. However, we should integrate and develop what we have received before we in our turn pass this on to others. In a life of service, we must do everything with respect for others. Unconditional service is to act without expecting any reward, and without ideas as to like and dislike, gain and loss, or reluctance to the service we give. "