Samantha Whybrow Bio
Samantha has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and teaching for the last 8. She moved to Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami to work in the disability and relief sector and immediately met her main teacher, Paddy McGrath, under whose close tutelage and guidance she learned to practice and teach about free spinal movement. Since returning to Australia Samantha has been studying with Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss to refine her understanding of spinal movement.
Having been involved in a cycling accident that resulted in ongoing structural damage to her spine, Samantha has been able to use yoga to manage her symptoms. Drawing on additional training in anatomy and physiology, Samantha focuses on teaching students how to appreciate and move their bodies. Her emphasis is never about a particular asana or posture. It is about how to move into, out of, and within an asana with mindful awareness, grace, and freedom of movement, utilising active movements that are both safe and invigorating.
While Samantha is passionate about yoga she is not precious about it. She shies away from yoga studios and prefers to teach in nature. She uses music, laughter, and a practical approach to anatomy, physiology, and Buddhist psychology to help students begin to ask the questions that will ultimately lead to them becoming their own best teachers.
Samantha has taught retreats, workshops, and classes internationally and is currently based in Australia where she can be found teaching yoga outside all over Canberra. She has qualifications from Yoga Synergy and Louisa Sears’ Yoga Arts but has learned the most about yoga in the ‘traditional’ way, through her mentor, Paddy McGrath. She is also an occupational therapist, working full-time with children with autism whom she teaches skills for daily living.