Joanna Romeike: Yoga Teacher
What brought you to yoga?
I was 20 when I found Yoga or it found me, so 17 years ago! I had always suffered from debilitating monthly periods and a friend suggested a Yoga class to me, so I took the class and was immediately hooked. I have been practicing ever since at various studios and various styles. I completed my Yoga teacher training in 2007 and my Pre and Post Natal training in 2008 just before having my first baby. Yoga has not only been a form of exercise for me, but a way of life. So much of the work that happens on the mat translates directly to everyday life.
What made you stay?
I love how yoga is such a "Mind/Body" experience. I adore the clarity of mind and tranquillity I feel after a practice. I have also always used "Yoga" as a form of self treatment for me when ill or injured. There are always specific poses to do to cure, help or prevent sicknesses and injuries and this part of yoga I find really interesting and exciting. Yoga has always been my first port of call when I have period pain, back pain, neck pain, pregnancy issues etc etc etc. My first ever Yoga teacher Stewart described to a tee the feeling a yoga class gives you.... he used to say that ' you have a shower to wash all the dirt off your body and you do a yoga practice to mentally wash all the negative/ not needed thoughts and feelings from your mind'.
What is the best part of being in the Green Room community?
Seeing such a broad range of students come in from all walks of life and having an impact on their day after they have done a class. Also there are so many different classes on offer too....something literally for every 'body'!.
When you are not bending and sweating what do you like to do???
Well I have 3 young daughters aged 6, 4 and 1, so looking after them in itself is a full time job. I love watching my girls on the yoga mat too as they often practice with me or try to! Yoga at a young age is such a blessing and I look forward to teaching them if that's what interests them. I also love shopping, dining out with my gorgeous hubby and going to the movies with friends when I get some 'me' time.
What is your sound track for life?
I am into a lot of different music so I can't say just 1. I adore Snatam Kaur's music for yoga practice and I do love Taylor Swift at the moment, much to my husband's dismay!
What is your favourite word?
Probably Sweetie, Sissy-pie and Darling- the 3 nicknames for our daughters... I say them all day long!
My most inspirational learning experience?
Probably becoming a mother.... I have learnt that life isn't only all about me anymore but about 3 beautiful little souls as well. Its amazing how your words, actions and even thoughts can influence how they flourish and thrive as children. Yoga has become even more important and precious to me now, as I find practice vital to be in the right frame of mind to raise my girls.
What has been the major turning point in your life?
I'd have to say moving to Albury/Wodonga at aged 23 from Melbourne without knowing a soul. It was daunting and overwhelming at the start but turned out to be the best decision of my life. I flourished as a woman and became independent in ways I had never been before. Also not long after that, I met my amazing husband Ryan and the rest is history really.
What is your hidden secret or skill?
I am a Medical Scientist and have a Medical Science Uni degree so I have spent a huge chunk of my life in a lab coat and looking down a microscope!