Meet Olivia Hammerschmidt

Posted by amberp, 22-Apr-2020

Olivia Hammerschmidt is one of our Post Graduate Managers – we’ve asked her a few questions so you can get to know her a little better…

Olivia Hammerschmidt with IYTA Mascot Opal

Q: What is your role with IYTA?

I work part-time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I look after some of our post-graduate teacher training courses: Yin yoga, Pre & Post-natal yoga
and Restorative yoga. This entails answering member and non-member queries, liaising with the lecturers, organising training weekends, communicating with participants. I also manage IYTA’s Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram and Google.

Q: When, why and how did you become a yoga teacher?

I started teaching in 2016, then really ramping my classes up in 2017 to about 18 classes a week, but now just 13 classes – a lot more manageable. I also
teach Pilates.

Q: How did you discover IYTA?

Since I was young, I have always known of IYTA as a credible and reputable association.

Q: Why do you love your IYTA?

I love this organisation because I work with really fun and down to earth people. I enjoy talking with members about all things yoga and getting involved in all the events and training sessions we run.

Q: What is your personal practice?

Every Wednesday morning is my set time for personal practice – it’s my opportunity to visit new things or try out the old or work out new combinations for myself. Often then, I’ll introduce it into my classes for the following week.  Saturday afternoons or evening I often hit the books to learn
more about various things, especially functional anatomy.

Q: What can members do to help you in your role?

I would love members to make more use of our Facebook and Instagram forum by sending me news items that I can post on our page to inspire, encourage other members and visitors.

Q: What are your favourite things to do in your spare time?

Cooking up storms, eating, all things cheese, bike riding, hanging out with friends and our kids, playing outdoors and aerial yoga!

Check out Olivia’s delicious recipe for Afghan Chutney!