Maya Fernandez

I was eight the first time I stepped onto a yoga mat. My mum used to take me to these afternoon kids classes every now and then if she was ever going past my local rec centre. I only really remember being upside down, feeling free, and spending a lot of time thinking how funny my feet look.

I came back to it during my high school years, when my brain felt like giant squiggly mess and Miss Anxiety was wreaking havoc in the frontal lobe. So I went to a local studio and the yoga teacher there invited me to be so present with myself, cultivating a new, kind and compassionate relationship with my body and self that I hadn’t realised was possible. It was here I fell in love with yoga.

By pass a few years of study and travel, and we arrive at 2020 which reflected my need to live a life physically, mentally and spiritually aligned. In November I completed my 200hr YTT with Yab Yum Yoga Academy. Here I learned that the true practice of yoga goes far beyond the poses we create on our mat, it can be integrated into all elements of our lives. And through mindful movement and meditation I hope to create a space with my students to practice the compassionate act of connecting back with ourselves.

I still spend most of my time upside down, feeling free and looking at my feet. But these feet have purpose now. And I ode to Ram Dass, “we are all just walking each other home.”

I am so grateful to teach on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja country and I pay my respects to elders past and present. Twisting Peacock is like another home and a special special space, you can find me there teaching vinyasa, yin, restorative, nidra and yin/yang.