About Donald Shakes
Donald’s awakening into the world of yoga began in 2003 when he started the study of Transcendental Meditation under the late Carol Maher. During this time Donald also dabbled in Reiki and Tibetan singing bowl healing.
Next came the physical practice, beginning with Bikram before journeying into Hatha Yoga, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga. It was during these early Bikram days that Donald accidentally went to the wrong class at his local studio in Surry Hills, NSW and entered a Power Vinyasa Yoga class – this is where he had his “This is it” moment, and he hasn’t looked back since!
Donald has completed at least 2000-hours of teacher training courses, along with assisting teacher training modules, alignment workshops, and anatomy courses. He then went on to found Shakes Yoga in 2009. His life experiences led him in his search to help others become empowered through their bodies using Yoga, Meditation and the healing sound of Tibetan Singing Bowls.
Experience Donald’s unique blend of depth and humour in his classes and trainings. We breathe, meditate and flow; we sweat, laugh, have fun, balance on our hands and remember how alive we are. Classes build heat, endurance, flexibility and strength in a supportive environment. The flowing sequences of diverse poses encouraging the link between mindful body movement and the breath
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Teacher Training and Workshops
Experience Donald’s unique range of regular workshops and master classes to allow you to experience the benefits of yoga through deeper levels. Feel the vibrancy and energy which Donald brings to each practice combining alignment of the body with celebration of the heart and spirit. He inspires yogis to let go of any preconceived notions of what they can and can’t do, to be present and in-turn to realize their potential Read More ...
Experience Donald’s unique range of regular immersions and retreats to allow you to experience the benefits of yoga through deeper levels. Disconnect from your daily habits and immerse yourself in a peaceful yoga retreat. Feel the vibrancy and energy which Donald brings into each retreat and gives yogis the room to connect with their inner self. Join Donald to discover the beauty of silence, peace and happiness within you. Read More ...
“I teach yoga because I have witnessed its transformational power in myself and in others. I encourage a deep connection to nature, community and the true teacher within. On and off the mat.”
"THE FLEXIBLE YOGI - DONALD, THE UNIQUE YOGI – BLENDING HIS JAMAICAN CULTURE WITH HIS LONDON UPBRINGING AND A LIFELONG 6TH SENSE – MEETS TODAY’S THIRST FOR BODY & MIND BUILDING…WITH A DIFFERENCE! "
— Esprit Magazine Aaustralia February 16, 2018