Yoga was first introduced to Alicia in a doctor’s office in Australia. 17 years old, she had just moved back to her home country and was going through a difficult time. The heartbreak of leaving behind her life overseas and the stress of trying to fit into a new school cause her to develop chronic pain. Her doctor prescribed yoga but the only class that was available in her area was a Body Balance class at the local gym – a mix of Yoga, Pilates, and Thai Chi. It was hard for Alicia, she remembers trembling in Warrior II, feeling so weak in down dog, but she also felt incredibly peaceful in Savasana. It was challenging but she knew she needed more of it, which led her to explore other forms of exercise and feel the empowerment of movement as medicine.
Alicia continues to practice yoga at home, learning online, but she only seriously committed to the practice when she moved to Amsterdam and explored different studios. Yoga then became a central part of her life, helping her build confidence, nurture her sense of self-love and heal her through heartbreak and burnout. Yoga continues to offer so much and she wants to share these gifts with others. Alicia firmly believes that yoga is for everyone, it’s just about finding the style and teacher that resonates best with you.