Yoga master Benalla returns to town after 32 years
MindBodySpace Benalla welcomed world-renowned ParaYoga and meditation instructor Brad Hay to town for a class last week.
Brad, who grew up in Benalla, left Rose City in 1989, at just 15, to explore the world.
The next 10 years saw ups and downs for Brad, who was invited into the yoga tradition in his mid-twenties as he recovered from his addiction.
He embraced this journey, seeking meaningful methods to create peace and stability within.
His general approach to life being all or nothing, he immersed himself in his yogic studies and experienced firsthand his transformative power.
He started teaching Hatha Yoga in 1999 and in 2003 completed the Arts of Yoga, nine months of full-time training in Byron Bay, with some of the best teachers in the country – which eventually led him to ParaYoga,
ParaYoga aims to provide students and teachers of all levels the opportunity to experience and study yoga through an accessible and in-depth approach.
He is developing practitioners and teachers who are able to guide others towards yoga as it was initially envisioned – as a complete and affirmed spiritual tradition.
Kim Lukey, MindBodySpace Benalla yoga teacher, said Brad is one of only six licensed ParaYoga teachers in the world.
“Brad is renowned for his laid back and down to earth attitude as he manages to make the ancient, powerful and mystical traditions of yoga light, accessible and easy to understand in this modern lifestyle,” Kim said.
“Last weekend Brad returned to Benalla for the first time since leaving in 1989, a gap of 32 years.
“He returned with his wife and daughter to show them his hometown while taking a trip down memory lane.
“During his visit, Brad offered to do a three hour workshop at MindBodySpace Benalla Yoga Center on Saturday April 17th.
“The workshop offered an inspiring introduction to the ancient yogic arts, a vast field of knowledge, wisdom and powerful practices to help us live our most useful and fulfilling lives.”
Once Kim organized and announced the session, it sold out in less than 24 hours.
“It was appreciated by Benalla and the community as a whole,” she said.
To learn more about Brad and his training, visit this link.
For more information on the local Benalla yoga studio, visit this link.