Penelope Stubbs was born in South Africa, but moved to Australia when she was very young and grew up in Sydney’s northern beaches.
She began her Ballet training with Chambers De Maria Ballet Academy, Collaroy. From here she moved to Brisbane to study at The Queensland Ballet Academy graduating with the coveted Most Outstanding Dancer award. She then moved to Melbourne to The Victorian College of the Arts, and returned to Brisbane, finishing her studies with Queensland University of Technology.
Professionally, Penny has worked with, The World Dance Company, New South Wales Ballet and The Queensland Ballet.
After retiring from professional dancing, and starting a family, Penny began her own yoga practice, quickly realising a strong desire to learn more. She embarked on a life changing, 2 year Yoga teacher training apprenticeship with Macquarie Yoga, and then a further 200 hours with Power Living Australia.
She enjoys teaching people of all walks of life, ages and ability and strongly believes yoga is for everyone, however, due to her dance background, feels a strong love and connection to her work with the dancers at Classical Ballet 121, in the wonderful, positive and inspirational environment that Gillian Revie has created.
“Yoga has so many facets and so many benefits. A lifelong journey that speaks differently to every individual. Conscious breath first and foremost for control, energy, stress management and restoration. Apart from the benefits of breath, asanas and correct alignment, I like to give the dancers space to acknowledge how they are feeling, and become in tune with their thoughts, emotions and needs, rather than purely on how they look.
These gorgeous dances work so hard preparing themselves for a career in dance, which obviously is hugely focused on visual aesthetics and more often than not they are pushing past “normal” physical limits. I enjoy helping them discover different ways to find some balance.”