“From my own experience I know that by practicing yoga regularly, we attain healthier stronger bodies, establish new mental habits, make better choices and thus create better lives for ourselves.”

Petra Contractor

Petra was born and raised in the Czech Republic. However, in the spirit of adventure and a desire to learn English, she moved to London and then finally settled in Sydney.

Eastern spirituality and the science of yoga first captured her interest while she was studying Physiotherapy and Naturopathy in Prague. This interest, combined with her passion for movement from her gymnastics and jazz background, eventually led her to starting a daily Ashtanga practice in 2011. Now additionally to her asana practice, the Yoga Sutras, Yoga Nidra meditation and Pranayama all form a part of her regular routine.

As well as completing her three-year Ashtanga teaching apprenticeship with Angelika Knoerzer at North Sydney Yoga, she is trained by Lifeline as a crisis supporter, has degrees in Art History and Psychology and currently is writing her fourth year thesis in Psychology. She is fascinated with the body-mind relationship and how this connection plays out in our daily lives, and has recently obtained her Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Certification. As a yoga teacher, Petra loves to impart a practice done with integrity paying attention to alignment, breath and the workings of the mind. She sees our life as an art work. In fact, the most important art work weโ€™ll ever do. From her own experience she knows that by practicing yoga regularly, we attain healthier stronger bodies, establish new mental habits, make better choices and thus create better lives for ourselves.

In her world outside of yoga she loves nature, is a passionate supporter of the arts and ballet, and spends as much time as possible with her family.

What if our religion was each other,

If our practice was our life, if prayer our words?

What if the temple was the earth, if forests were our

church, if holy waters-the rivers, lakes, and oceans.

What if meditation was our relationships,

if the teacher was life, if wisdom was self-knowledge,

if love was the center of our being? –Ganga White