Teachers > Gabrielle Mendoza
In 2005, Gabrielle stumbled her way into a heavily subsidised Hatha yoga class for staff at the bank where she was interning. Yoga subsequently became part of her exercise routine. Seven years later in 2012, Gabrielle’s inability to manage stress while taking on a double portfolio during her manager's maternity leave led to a case of Bruxsism [the involuntary excessive grinding of teeth] that even broke her customised protective mouthguard. She felt overwhelmed and lost a sense of who she was in the competitive corporate world. But her Yoga teacher helped to create a safe place on the mat where Gabrielle could distance herself from the world and adopt a realistic outlook with clarity of mind.
From then onwards, Gabrielle’s Yoga journey morphed into one of healing, mindful connection and self-realisation – so she followed her calling to become a Yoga teacher in order to help others out of the plight that she once had to face. Gabrielle specialises in Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy, and counts the likes of Sarah Powers, Tiffany Cruikshank and Tina Nance as her sources of inspiration.
Gabrielle’s sequences aim to move away from denser forms of physical practice to allow for more subtle techniques such as utilising the breath to promote the movement of energy and facilitate the union of breath, body and mind. The meditation techniques she favours are simple and relatable, so that even the most hesitant of practitioners will not feel intimidated.
QUALIFICATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
- Yoga Therapeutics – Teacher Training with Tina Nance (100 hours), 2017
- Shoulder Anatomy Dysfunction and Application Immersion – Immersion with Tiffany Cruikshank (25 hours), 2017
- Diploma in Yoga Teaching – Teacher Training with International Yoga Teacher’s Association in Australia (350 hours), 2016