Lyn Thomas, Dip.IYTA, AUS, Cert.YTT Ananda Yoga, USA, founder and director of Sunshine Yoga & Health
Born in New Zealand, growing up on a dairy farm in a small village called Pirongia and spending much time in the beautiful NZ bush, was the start of Lyn's love for nature and adventure.
She began her journey into yoga at age 8 years, this being a foresight of her mother, who also became a yoga teacher.
In 1979 Lyn, her husband and 3 small children moved to Australia, and the following year she began to teach small local yoga classes.
Lyn chose IYTA Australia to train and qualify as a Yoga Teacher and she received her diploma in 1985.
In 1993 Lyn spent three months at the Ananda Yoga Community in California and completed her teacher training certificate adding Ananda Yoga to her teaching qualifications.
In 1996 Sunshine Yoga & Health was born and Lyn, to this day, continues to run her business. She created her first website the following year, when yoga websites were almost non existent.
In 2000 she began the production and filming of a series of 4 yoga instructional DVD's and a guided relaxation CD, Her vision was to create user-friendly products with authentic, practical yoga sessions for use in one's own home. These have been successfully selling both on-line and through retail shops.
Her passion and interest in all things healthy has taken Lyn in to the realms of healthy eating, herbs, crystal therapy, psychology, organic gardening, vegetarian cooking, essential oils and more.
Lyn is based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Her love of yoga and health has been a life time involvement. Her passion for sharing her life's journey continues through the teaching of her weekly yoga classes, organising and facilitating her 1-day yoga workshops (time out days), weekend yoga retreats and overseas yoga holidays.
Lyn's expertise and passion makes her a valued yoga therapist and one of Australia's most experienced yoga teachers and yoga retreat and holiday specialist.
Sunshine Yoga is a style in its own right and can be likened mostly to Hatha yoga. It has an influence of many styles which Lyn has experienced over the past few decades. She rests with a slow and gentle approach, with a strong focus on breath awareness. Her style enhances release of tightness and tension which leads to flexibility, strength and incredible mind/body connection. Her authentic style blends breath with body/mind connection. She is very much a part of the 'slow yoga revolution' which is emerging all around the world.
Lyn ... the traveller/hiker/adventurist
the great outdoors; fitness and health; connection with nature; hiking; wilderness.
Lyn ... the yogi, the teacher
Yoga Teacher Qualifications:
Dip.IYTA Aus 1985 : Cert.AnandaYoga USA 1993. Founder and owner of Sunshine Yoga & Health 1996
Lyn ... the Australian yoga 'retreat' specialist
Lyn began organising and facilitating weekend yoga retreats in 1999 - the first was at Stradbroke Island, Brisbane, Australia.
Lyn ... the overseas yoga 'holiday' specialist
Adventure and travel runs through her veins - adding yoga to holidays and becoming the facilitator and organiser is a very natural transition.
Lyn ... her yoga beginnings
Starting her yoga journey at the young age of 8 years in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her mother also practiced yoga and went on to become a yoga teacher.
Lyn ... the organic gardener
Interest in health and wellness started very young on the farm where she grew up. Her mother knew all about large vegie gardens and orchards which she created in their back yard.
Lyn - the amateur nature photographer
Photographing nature has been a natural expression of Lyn's love for the outdoors, in particular, native bush and rainforest. It is an art form she tells stories with. Her camera - Sony Z SLR 7R digital .