About Shakes Yoga
YOGA & MEDITATION TRAVELING EDUCATOR
“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 Australia -
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 a unique blend of depth and humour in his classes and trainings. His teachings are shaped by the rough and tumble, love and humour of his upbringing in a Jamaican family in London’s East End. His throwing in the salt of the Earth cockney attitude and humour means he is grounded in the reality of life.
The benefits of yoga with Donald extend well beyond the physical practice itself. Combining alignment of the body with celebration of the heart and spirit. 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.
The most beautiful thing about a yoga class by Donald is his overwhelmingly love and passion for his craft. The vibrancy and energy in which he brings to each practice resonates throughout the studio and inspire yogis to let go of any preconceived notions of what they can and can’t do, be present, and in-turn realize their potential.
Donald is not your average yoga teacher as you will discover when you meet him.