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Tucker YOGA TEACHER & NATUROPATH
W H I L E M A N Y O F U S A R E A S L E E P O R S T RU G G L I N G T O G E T R E A DY FOR WOR K, T H E R E A R E S OM E W HO R I S E B E FOR E T H E S U N TO TA K E T H E T I M E T O C E N T R E T H E M S E LV E S F O R T H E D AY A H E A D .
oga teacher and naturopath Rebel Tucker wellness sector, predominately working for herself. believes a quiet moment of meditation and She admits it can be challenging financially, so she enjoys reflection, away from the rush and finding clever and creative ways to connect with the local the stresses of everyday life, community and promote her classes through is something we could all Instagram, Facebook and blogs. benefit from. “When I moved here, I jumped straight t With three teenage children, dogs, into teaching classes at my local hall. I ec nn co to le Being ab her yoga business Yoga Rebel, and adore it here. I like that people know d an le op with pe ibly ed part time work as a naturopath, each other, and I can do what I love cr in is em th inspire y yoga Rebel Tucker manages to find the and people support me.” important in m my h ac time for several meditation and yoga Aside from one particularly heavy te I e. tic ac pr e what is practices each day. downpour that took her outdoor students to defin each day em “It’s important to me that I class by surprise and left them important to th that , while ds ar w to ep st practice what I preach. A regular soaking wet, the Port Macquarie area and ng kind to always remaini home practice and living life provides a beautiful backdrop that hers .” yourself, and ot according to Yogic and Naturopathic Rebel hopes will inspire local people to principles is essential,” Rebel said. roll out their mat. Rebel has qualifications in naturopathy, Rebel hopes to one day have her own homeopathy, Zen Shiatsu, remedial and deep studio in Bonny Hills or Lake Cathie near tissue massage, as well as Level 2 Yoga. After moving the beach for yoga classes and naturopathic to Port Macquarie from Darwin two years ago, Rebel splits consultations, as well as a cosy place for her students to her time between teaching 10 yoga classes a week as sit, have tea, read and relax. well as three to four days as a naturopath in a health food “I’m working to build a tribe of people who love to live life store. well, so we can all inspire each other.” Specialising in chronic disease and stress, Rebel regularly Her unique classes are tailored each day to those attends seminars and courses, staying up to date with the participating, and end with Rebel’s favourite part of yoga latest research and advances in natural medicine. teaching, the moment when everyone in the room brings their “Yoga and naturopathy go hand-in-hand, providing ways to hands to their heart centres and says “Namaste” to create a deal with stress related illness,” Rebel said. feeling of connection. Rebel began practicing yoga when she was 12 with her “Being able to connect with people and inspire them is mother. Having started out as an aerobics instructor back when incredibly important in my yoga practice. I teach my students fluorescent leg warmers and self-recorded cassette tapes were to define what is important to them each day and step towards the norm, Rebel has always worked within the health and that, while always remaining kind to yourself, and others.” 58 greater port macquarie focus.
My Day 5:15am 5 - 10 minute Gratitude or Mantra meditation (repeating Sanskrit phrase 108 times). 6:00am Teach yoga or do my own practice. 7:30am Walk the dogs along the beach. Get my feet into the sand and ocean. 10 - 15 minute meditation outside. 8:30am Healthy breakfast with Chai or a good coffee. 10:00am In-store naturopath advising on health and living well. 2:00pm Write blogs and articles for Yoga Rebel website. Read yoga books. Food shopping! 4:30pm Kids arrive home. Run them around to afternoon sport activities. 6:30pm Teach yoga. Sometimes we find time to sit down for a family meal. 8:30pm Cup of herbal tea. Phone my husband, who works away a lot.
Issue 128 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus