My name IIR PRIHATINAWATI. I am Indonesian and trained in Bali, Peterborough, Jakarta, and London. I moved to Cambridge in summer 2015. I am is an Associate level II with Yoga Alliance Profesionals UK.
I began my yoga journey early in my life to help with asthma, gradually evolving into regular practice. I have been practicing yoga for more than half of my life and I never plan to be a yoga teacher. During my home practices, friends came over and encouraged me to take my teaching qualifications. These then grew into my earlier classes taught.
I formally qualified in Bali to teach Vinyasa in 2015 from Frog Lotus Yoga (FLY) International, only after I explore many different types of yoga. In August 2016, I completed Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, which I found deeply empowering. I continue my study with Jambo Truong (Jambo Dragon Yoga), one of the Guardians in Forrest Yoga, for Functional Anatomy in Winter 2016 followed with CET (Continuing Education for teachers) of non Forrest Teachers in March and October 2017 at Harbour Yoga. In November 2017 I met Brian Campbell (Brian YogaBodywork) another guardians of Forrest Yoga who were co-teaching with Jambo Dragon for Yoga Bodyworkers Training where I granted my qualification. I went to Jakarta straight after in December 2017 to translate and assist them by their request, for Yoga Bodyworkers training. I was qualified as Forrest Yoga Teacher after finishing 25 days of Forrest Yoga Foundation Training in Bali with Jambo Dragon and Sinhee Yee while partly become their translator too, in February 2018. I then attended some part of Yoga Bodyworkers training in Bali straight after in March 2018. I was assisting Jambo Truong for Forrest Yoga and Yoga Bodyworkers workshops in Cambridge April 2018. In late May 2018, I decided last minute to continue my journey with Forrest Yoga 300hr CET, module of Anatomy and physiology (April 2018) with Jambo Truong, by the courtesy of him to let me in and pay later when I can. In June 2018, again I decided last minute to come for Yoga Bodyworkers level2 with Brian Campbell and Jambo Truong. In July I continue with Forrest Yoga Mentorship programme with them in July 2018 with scholarship granted by them which I found very massively grateful. The trainings itself I found immensly challenging as well as mind blowing, in the way of opening my perspective, refining my skills. and sharpening my tools. I straight away assisting Jambo Truong for Functional Anatomy in July 2018 at Stretch Yoga for their teacher training. In August 2018 I continue my journey with Forrest Yoga 300hr CET module Ceremony, Spirituality and Meditation invited by Jambo Truong where again I had been granted 90% bursary. There I found deeper connection within. Currently I am under mentorship with Jambo Truong and Brian Campbell where we regularly communicate, after nearly a year my mentorship being in hold. This mentorship is to finest my skills as teacher and bodyworker, as well as as connecting within to be a more compassionate human being. With that, I put my heart in teaching, assisting, and bodyworkers as I touch my students and clients, as well as in my daily life.
With my passion to learn and philosophy of constantly being a student in life, I continue attending workshops and trainings from world-known teachers to improve my practice and teaching skills such as David Swenson’s visit in Cambridge, Leslie Kaminof, Jason Crandell, Alexandra Crow, Marcus Veda, Doug Swenson, Dylan Werner, Michael James Wong, and the list is endless. I intend to continue doing this because I believe one can not give from an empty cup.
Prior becoming a yoga teacher, as graduated from linguistic and literature as my first degree, I taught, translated, and interpret lndonesian-English and English-Indonesian for 12 years. I have taught Australian Federal Police, Departemen of Foreign Affairs of Australia, British, and New Zealand, World Bank, WHO, Australian Air Force, CIFOR, ABC news, museum curators, book writers, researchers, students, businesspeople, while at the same time raising my first son and finishing my master degree in Psychology of Education, in speciality of Creative thingking in children development. With my Master’s Degree, teaching is something I am very familiar with. I bring my understanding of progression into my classes. I break poses into smaller components and sequence mindfully and intelligently to reach a peak of the practice, with strong emphasis on the breath-movement connection, integrity and mindfulness.
Connection between breath and movement. Focusing on our breathing encourages us to focus on your own body rather than those around us, making us more aware of its strengths but also its limitations.
Muscular integrity and hands-on assists. By moving around the class as I teach, I encourage my students to be more aware of their muscular activities, biomechanical as well as their functional structure, keeping the body move safely and stabil by engaging the relevant muscular structures, which allows them to get safely deeper into the pose, if and when they wishes.
Mindfulness. As we focus within, maintaining our muscular integrity, we are encouraged to understand yoga as a personal journey of physical and mental fulfilment and improvement.
Everyone follow their own journey in life and in yoga, but all living bodies are a wonder. Appreciate yours not what it can’t do, but for what it can.