What do you do?
Co-founder of Humming Puppy, yoga teacher and studio manager.
What quote or mantra has resonated with you the most?
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
I feel this encompasses the power our thoughts can have over us.
My other mantra to self is “trust and believe in yourself”. One of my yoga teachers used to say this all the time when she would get us into difficult or challenging postures and I’ll never forget it.
What was the catalyst for you to start Humming Puppy?
A desire to follow my passion and love for yoga.
On the weekends you’ll find me..
With my boyfriend and love of my life Chris, doing yoga and eating!
The studio at Humming Puppy literally ‘hums’ – what are the benefits of this?
Our ‘hum’ works on a principal known as ‘Vibrational Entrainment’, which was first observed by Christiaan Huygens (a mathematician and physicist) who invented the Pendulum Clock. Huygens observed that if two pendulum clocks (that were swinging at different intervals) were placed near each other, they would end up swinging in unison.
Everything in our environment is actually vibrating and has its own ‘natural’ or perfect state of vibration/frequency. This isn’t some whacky spiritual hypothesis but rather actual observed physics.
When something in the human body is out of alignment it typically won’t be vibrating at its ideal frequency…but you can bring it back into alignment through entrainment by being near or submersed in the correct frequency. So the more your body is in a particular state (or vibration), the easier it be able to get back to that same state…this is really no different to muscle memory.
When you are in the studio you’ll notice that the room literally hums. We inject a combination of both 40hz (which is associated with gamma brain wave activity) and 7.83hz, which is known as the Schumann Resonance (the frequency of the earth into the space).
Gamma brain waves are actually the fastest of all the brain wave sets and tend to be produced when people are ‘in the zone’. The reason for this is that the speed at which gamma brain waves travel from the front to the back of the brain and back again is so fast that it actually gets the various parts of the brain to fire ‘in unison’. What this means is that memory is accessed faster, physical response times are quicker and the emotional ‘fight or flight’ patterns/responses take a back seat. Elite athletes, musicians and artists all tend to produce more gamma than normal. The Schumann Resonance is combined with the gamma frequency to help with being grounded and present.
So to cut a long story short, we thought submersing you in these frequencies whilst you practice your yoga would help to supercharge your practice whilst also making it easier to get into the these sort of ‘states’ more often. This is of course in addition to all the amazing physiological and emotional benefits of yoga.
What are the differences between the different ‘hum’ classes?
Dynamic Hum: is a high intensity class, designed for students who want to be challenged both physically and mentally.
Unified Hum: is a medium intensity class that is perfect for those new to yoga allowing time and space to calm the mind and build strength.
Mellow Hum: is a low intensity class that includes slow flows and yin style postures with time and space for deeper stretches and contemplation.
Deepen your Hum: is a workshop style class that focuses on a particular element of yoga, allowing for interaction between the teacher and student and is designed for students that want to deepen their practice.
The interior of Humming Puppy is stunning, who’s your interior designer? What was your inspiration?
My boyfriend and business partner Chris (Koch) and I created the interiors of the studio. Our inspiration came from wanting to create a space that was sophisticated and elegant but had a comfortable enough vibe that felt like you were in your own home and could put your feet on the couch!
Favourite place for a healthy smoothie or acai bowl?
I have just discovered “Green Cup” which is at the Toorak end of Chapel Street (593 Chapel Street, South Yarra). The avocado on toast with chill flakes is epic and so are the green smoothies.
Favourite yoga pose and why?
I personally love arm balances. It might be because I can do them, as opposed to back bends that I am learning to love!
Best view in Melbourne?
I love the view and the energy from the end of Bay Street in Brighton. It overlooks Elwood, the city and across the bay; it’s my favorite place to walk or run. I’ve always thought that the view from up high at Federation Square looking over the Arts Centre is just magical in the evenings, when the lights are sparkling. The city feels alive.
What does your daily beauty routine consist of?
I must admit cosmetics stores have put me off after spending hours at the beauty bar with my mother as a child. I spend very little money on cosmetics or expensive beauty routines. I use water to wash my face and sorbelene with Vitamin E cream to moisturize every day. That’s it. My makeup choices are inexpensive and are often brought from the supermarket.
Apart from yoga, how do you stay balanced while running a new business?
Good question…I’m still trying to find the perfect balance but I have to say being able to talk to Chris and knowing that we are a team all the way helps when issues arise. Knowing that you have someone by your side who has your back every step of the way is priceless.