Andrew DiBenedetto

What’s your favourite posture?

Standing Bow. To me, when I fully immerse myself in the posture it feels like time has stopped. Everything goes quiet and I don’t see anyone else but myself.

What's your favourite thing to eat after a yoga class?

LAKSA, or dumplings, or if it’s in the morning, a big coffee.

What can people expect from one of your classes?

That it’s going to be challenging, but fun at the same time. Life is hard enough, don’t make this yoga any more complicated than it needs to be. I like to learn people’s names in the class so don’t freak out if I call your name in class .

What's your teaching style/philosophy?

To me, as long as you’re in that room and breathing that’s good enough. The whole point of yoga isn’t about yoga. The point of yoga is so you can have a better life outside the yoga room. All teachers do is create a space for you develop tools for yourself to utilise outside the yoga room. You’ll hear me say “Breathe, everything else is optional” or “As long as you’re breathing there’s more right with you than wrong with you.” Don’t over think this yoga, just come in and do what you can with the body that you have today.

When you first started practising what was your biggest obstable?

KNEELING! I HATED KNEELING. I suffered a compound fracture in 2005, resulting with a metal rod in my right leg and screws in my knee and ankle. The first 3.5 years of the yoga it was so painful to kneel. But I did what I could each day. Fixed firm and final breathing were the worst. But through time, the pain subsided and I don’t mind kneeling anymore.

What do you love most about teaching yoga?

I get to watch people change their lives. I literally get to witness people develop mental concentration and focus and then they tell me about their life experiences. Things will slowly work themselves out over time. That always brings me joy, knowing that people, just by focusing on themselves are making positive changes.

What do you wish everyone knew about yoga?

That you don’t need to be flexible to try it. You develop that with the practice. You don’t need to be “good” at yoga. There’s no such thing. Just come in and try the right way. That’s it! So simple!

Have you got a favourite yoga moment you would like to share?

There was one time I was practicing next to Anita, we were coming out of a posture and I heard her say “oh my god, I’m going to throw up.” I burst into laughter, and then got really dizzy and had to sit down because I was going to throw up! She said exactly how I was feeling.

What do you like to do outside the hot room?

I’m currently working on my masters degree in Social Work and I’m specialising in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation. I like learning about other forms of holistic therapy. When I’m not studying I’m usually bush walking, or out with mates, reading, or sitting at cafes.