Live your most authentic life

Published on 21 July 2020

Stacey Hill Xanadu Yoga

A place where people feel supported, nurtured and a sense of belonging. There’s no special talent or ability required, no judgement, no comparing...you just show up as yourself and that is enough. 

If you’ve had the extreme fortune to meet Stacey from Xanadu Yoga  you will come away feeling inspired and revitalised. Stacey has this amazing, energising spirit about her that makes you feel like you’re old friends. She is all about helping people live their most authentic life, one way or another.  

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND XANADU YOGA

My name is Stacey Hill and my business is Xanadu Yoga (yes like the movie, but that’s a story for another time). I finished my teacher training this time 3 years ago, officially started my business last year and have been in my beautiful studio space at 128 William Street for 12 months this August! I have really loved watching my little Xanadu Community grow. I am a Rocky local, supported by an amazing family including my husband and 5 daughters (currently aged 18, 16, 12, 9 & 6). 

WHAT WAS THE MOTIVATOR TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

I originally didn’t have any real plans to teach classes, I just wanted to do the yoga teacher training for myself. I loved the way I felt after doing a yoga class, but with 5 children and a husband who works away it was really hard to get to them consistently. I have always been drawn to helping others and at that time, being surrounded by a lot of other overwhelmed mothers, I realised I had an opportunity to use yoga as a platform to help in a bit of a unique way.

I decided to create a space people can come along to and take some time out to only think about themselves and what they need, even if it’s just for that hour of class time. A place where people feel supported, nurtured and a sense of belonging. There’s no special talent or ability required, no judgement, no comparing...you just show up as yourself and that is enough.  

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED?

Probably having to pivot my business from being completely in person to completely online within a few days because of the COVID restrictions. It was a challenge because I’m not particularly tech savvy (unless being okayish at Windows 97 counts), but I managed to figure it all out on my own and move into live online classes, an online invoicing system, build a website and an online booking portal for the return to studio classes. I gave myself many headaches, but many more personal high fives!

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?

I absolutely love delving deeper into specific topics with my workshops, so I’d like to be able to adapt these to be suitable across other platforms such as online, corporate, full immersion programs for example. I also love talking (if you’ve met me even once you’ll know I don’t shut up) and would like to take on more public speaking opportunities. Then I also really enjoy writing, so who knows? 

I have a real passion for learning and exploring new ideas, so I could be doing anything in 5 years! I can guarantee I’ll still be trying to help people live their most authentic life though, one way or another. 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Everything! I’m always learning, always open to new ideas, love meeting different people, feel energised by amazing conversations, love the feeling of being connected to people and places, looking at the bigger picture and finding everything absolutely fascinating. My favourite way to start a sentence is “I read this thing once...”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ROCKY?

This is a hard one to explain, because it’s more of a feeling. I have lived here my whole life and there’s just this sense of connection and belonging I can’t quite put into words. I love being able to take my girls to the same places that meant so much to me during my childhood, but it’s also amazing watching Rockhampton grow and evolve into something even better. 

I love being able to go out and run into people I know, or more often than not have chats with complete strangers (my family doesn’t love this as much as me, because I always spend more time chatting than doing what we left the house to do). I love that my girls are third generation Allenstown State School students and second generation The Cathedral College students. I feel connected and grounded, but that I also have room to grow. I’m proud of this city and proud to call it My Rockhampton.