Riverland Professionals Series – Jade Malinovski

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. Here is the next in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

Jade Malinovski is the amazing soul behind Balanced Kids Yoga. She beautifully combines her kindergarten teaching experience with yoga, allowing children to learn mindfulness, self-love, gratitude and much more. She provides a space for peace and quiet, openness and acceptance, which are much needed for children in this crazy and busy world.

What is your profession? What areas do you have qualifications and training in? 

I am a yoga teacher! I am currently teaching yoga classes to children of all ages (3- teenagers) through weekly classes in Renmark and Loxton. I also visit schools and kindergartens all around the Riverland to teach yoga within their settings.

I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and was a kindergarten teacher before having my own children. I am certified to teach yoga through various childrens and family teacher trainings, have completed my level one yoga teacher training and most recently, restorative yoga teacher training.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

Every day is completely different for me depending on what schools and classrooms I am teaching at on that particular day. My ‘job’ is generally to provide children with a safe, nurturing, playful space. A space to explore yoga, themselves and their own inner world. I love to inspire and motivate these kids and do that through the wonderful world of yoga.

How did you become interested in yoga?

I have always loved teaching and found that by combining my two passions; teaching children and my love for yoga – everything else just evolved.

What is your biggest life achievement?

Finding love. My husband, my girls, my family, my ‘work’. I love what I do, I feel this is truly my path.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

Yoga is so much more than just ‘poses’ or relaxation. It is a holistic wellness approach. Through yoga I have been able to teach and explore so many facets of life with children. It enables us to look within, and help kids with things like self discovery, confidence, self love and acceptance. We explore mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques. It really is a life journey! Of course it has physical benefits as well, but yoga is a beautiful tool in which kids can wholeheartedly be themselves and learn tools for a healthy and happy life.

Where are you located?

I teach weekly classes at Rachel McLeods Dance Studio, Renmark and the CWA Hall, Loxton. I also travel to schools all over the Riverland.

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love to seek stillness. Find the calm and the quiet. I feel life is very busy, very loud and at times very overwhelming. I like to slow down and read, have a bath, cook, sit on the grass with my children and just be at home as a family.

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Riverland Professionals Series – Amy Martinson

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. Here is the next in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

For our next profile, I am pleased to introduce Amy Martinson, Kinesiologist. Amy became interested in kinesiology through NeuroEmotional Technique and Applied Kinesiology sessions at Santosha. She had the determination to say, “This is what I want to do!” and found a course that she was able to do. While there are definitely differences in the kinesiology that Amy uses, compared to the kinesiology that I use, many of these techniques have the same outcome: Reduced stress, better wellbeing, happier and healthier people. Amy has started Shared Space in Renmark, where she consults from.

What is your profession? What areas do you have qualifications and training in? 

Kinesiologist and Neuro Trainer! In 2015-16 I studied with the College of Neuro Training to complete both CIV in Kinesiology and in Neuro Training. I’m now studying the Diploma majoring in Adaptive Neurology.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

I work part time and my days vary from week to week to fit in with clients and my own little people. I also do the book work for my husband’s business, so on any given day I could be wearing a different hat.

How did you become interested in Kinesiology?

Catherine at Santosha introduced to me Applied Kinesiology which she uses as part of her chiropractic care. For me it was a lot like a magic trick where I was completely fascinated by the Neuro Emotional Technique and I got results. I couldn’t study Applied Kinesiology without a Bachelor Degree and then a friend told me she visited a Kinesiologist/Neuro Trainer in Adelaide. I went to one session and decided on walking out of there that I needed to learn this for me and my family if for no one else. It’s been an incredible roller-coaster, still is.

What is your biggest life achievement?

This one will mean so many different things to different people. Once upon a time I would have started to list everything  I have, what I’ve done or where I’ve been. My children, ages 10, 8 and 5 come to mind but I didn’t achieve them either, they are my blessings! I’m proud of lots of things but if I had to hold anything in the highest regard it would be how much I have grown as a person in the last 5 years, in the last 10 years.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

To look at and respond to stress differently.

But first, stress can be mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Examples of early signs of stress include habitual negative thinking, low self-esteem, feelings of overwhelm, mood swings, depression, anxiety, brain fog, lack of direction or motivation, teary, reactive to even the smallest challenges in life, headaches, lack of appetite, sugar cravings, and muscular aches and pains.

We’re always going to have stress in our lives. And a certain level of stress is actually required for us to get off our butts to do anything. It’s when the balance is tipped that we’re unable to process effectively, and use that part of our brain that helps us find new ideas and solutions to our problems.

Kinesiology with Neuro Training is about changing patterns and becoming aware of the patterns we’re using to cope with our problems (refer signs above).

The more we use a pattern of thinking or behaviour the more likely it becomes our habit.

An easy way to understand Kinesiology with Neuro Training is to liken it to brain training. It’s building stronger neurological connections for better response to mental, emotional and physical stress on the mind/body.

Where are you located?

​12 James Avenue, Renmark Tuesday to Thursday.
50 Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton alternate Mondays.​

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Being a mum is a big part of what I do day to day. I Love catching up with friends. I Love Coffee! I Love spending summer evenings on the river with my family and friends. I feel better for walking in the mornings. I enjoy travel and experiencing other cultures especially their food. Any movies or books are usually period stuff or autobiography’s on women of different cultural struggles.

Amy and her family

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