'I began the practice of yoga in 2000. Initially drawn to yoga as a spiritual practice, it soon became a way of managing anxiety and respiratory difficulties; the benefits were undeniable. Practicing the Iyengar Method and later the free-flowing style of Vinyasa, I was finally drawn to the meditative practice of Ashtanga Yoga which would become my daily practice and home.
In 2009 I commenced my teaching journey, and have not taken a break from teaching since. In January 2011 I travelled to Mysore India, the home of Ashtanga Yoga for the first time. Little did I know, this would become the first of many yearly trips to study the method, chanting and Sanskrit. I have received Level 2 Authorisation, and have my teacher Sharath Jois' blessing to teach both Primary and Intermediate Series.
I believe yoga is 24 hours; that our time on the mat is primarily a tool to live kind and compassionate lives. Humour and light-heartedness on the mat and in life are a necessity.'
Laila is the creator of Open House Yoga, and Authorised Level 2 Ashtanga Teacher. A Youth Worker, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, she is also a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine, currently completing a BHSc Acupuncture.