Teacher trades classroom for yoga mat in new venture
FOR 18 years Tracey Bienek taught a classroom of primary school kids.
But she has traded in the school desks for yoga mats, and now runs Body 'n Soul Yoga in her new Rockhampton studio.
It was back pain that brought her to discover yoga in the first place.
Tracey experienced years of lower back pain, but after starting yoga classes in 2004 she noticed a surprising change.
"I woke one morning and I had no pain in my back," Tracey said.
Since then she actively took part in classes before she had an epiphany, took leave from her teaching job and headed overseas.
She now teaches yoga therapy in her own studio on William St, focusing on power yoga, which is energetic with athletic flow, but still pose orientated.
"There are so many different styles of yoga."
She also teaches kids yoga and chair yoga for more elderly clients.
Holding chair yoga at a local retirement home, Tracey said it provided lots of benefits for her older clients, including improving strength, balance and mobility.
For Tracey, kids yoga is not just about improving strength and flexibility, it is helping them deal with anxiety and negative thoughts.
Body 'n Soul Yoga
What is power yoga?
Power yoga is a dynamic flowing sequence that will build strength, balance and flexibility. Harnessing the breath to enhance the practice is an important aspect of power yoga.
How to find it
Body 'n Soul yoga on Facebook.
141 William St, Rockhampton.