Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Discover how Chau found her happy place as an instructor

Read about Chau's journey from member to Yoga instructor at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre.

Sun, 5 May 2024,
posted by City of Sydney

We recently had the pleasure to chat with Chau who started as a member at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre before deciding to become a Yoga instructor.

First, tell us a bit about yourself.

C: "I currently live in Glebe and work as a consultant at Westpac. I have lived in Sydney since 2019 after growing up in Vietnam.

Originally I came here to study with plans to return home soon after finishing my degree. However I decided to stay for the long term after meeting my partner Anthony."

When did you first start health and wellbeing journey?

C: "I started training at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre after moving to Glebe in 2021.

To help cope with the daily pressures, I started to attend Yoga and Barre classes.

Although I've always exercised my whole life, Yoga was very different. I found these classes really helped me with my mental wellbeing."

What made you decide to make the change from participant to instructor?

C: After doing Yoga for a while, I became curious about how it was so beneficial to my mental wellbeing and started looking more into it.

I spoke with Lauren, one of the Yoga instructors at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, and learnt about her own personal journey from working in corporate, then transitioning to teaching dance and Yoga, and then becoming a Naturopath.

"I was inspired and decided to undertake a Yoga Teacher Training course myself.
Initially I just wanted to deepen my understanding and practice but as I went through my training, I realised how much I enjoyed teaching.

"I have now been been teaching Vinyasa Yoga at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre since mid August 2023."

What do you love about teaching Yoga?

C: It goes beyond the physical body, it taps into our holistic wellbeing. Being a Yoga teacher allows me to pass on this knowledge and passion to members which has been incredibly rewarding.

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