Renae Stevens - Yoga, Art Therapy and Aerial Yoga Therapeutics
What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of aerial yoga? Is it a thin young woman, lithely moving about in an aerial hammock, maybe dangling upside down in some weird pretzel shape that barely resembles anything with the name yoga attached to it? Is it something more akin to a circus performance, with tricks and flips and a silk fabric digging into god knows where? To borrow a phrase from Morpheus of the matrix films, what if I were to tell you, that everything you know about aerial yoga is wrong? Well perhaps not wrong, but just not the full picture.
This is why we were so excited to speak with Renae Stevens for this episode. Renae is a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, a certified yoga therapist and holds her master's degree in art therapy. In our opinion, she is the foremost aerial yoga teacher in Australia. She helped bring aerial yoga to Australia way back in 2011, being a senior trainer for antigravity - the organisation founded by Christopher Harrison.
This episode is sponsored by Yoga Australia:
Aerial Yoga Workshop: Break Free from Your Chair: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/aerial-yoga-workshop/
Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Foundations Training: https://www.gardenofyoga.com.au/workshops/aerial-therapeutics/
Renae's website: https://www.creativebodyflow.com/aerial-therapeutics/
The opinions expressed in this podcast do not reflect the view and opinions of the sponsor.
Click on a timecode to play from that time in the recording.1:40 Renae’s workshops at garden of yoga
3:18 Renae’s background growing up in far north queensland
4:29 How did Renae discover yoga?
6:15 Did Renae have any key teachers?
8:50 How does yoga help you be creative as an artist? How can being creative as a teacher help you respond to the needs of your students?
10:43 How did Renae discover Aerial Yoga?
11:56 What was it like introducing the concept of Aerial Yoga to Australia?
14:08 What are some common misconceptions of Aerial Yoga?
17:09 Renee talks about her Aerial Yoga Therapeutics course.
23:20 Support us on Patreon
24:51 What’s being covered in the Aerial Yoga Therapeutics course?
28:14 Bridging the gap between wellness practitioners and health professionals
35:00 Benefits for wellness professionals or people in the “feelgood” business
38:51 What would an aerial yoga therapeutics session look like?
42:04 Renae’s Art Therapy thesis
44:25 The importance of play
47:44 Where does Renae see this all leading?
49:10 What is the one core lesson that Renae would like to share with the world?