allow me to introduce myself…Briellen McAlpine
yogi. healer. maker. dreamer. and a little bit of a rebel, in my own quiet way.
Hello.... some words about me....
I am a dedicated yogi, energy geek & healer, creator of stuff, lover of our blue planet, not to mention star gazer, dreamer, sometime farmer, dog lover and nature spirit.
For the past 15 years or so I have been uplifting and supporting people - and my gorgeous animals - through the ancient tools of yoga & meditation, energy work (Reiki entered my life over 20 years ago; we are good together ) and sacred alignment sessions (bringing you into clearer alignment with what is sacred to you) that can include neo-shamanic healing techniques, sound healing and light language alignment.
My experience includes having shared 1000’s of yoga and meditation classes to people of all ages in group, corporate and private settings, as well as at Festivals, retreats and the family Christmas party (I passed 800 hours of teaching in my first 2 years, and I am now in my 15th year of teaching).
From my beginnings with Reiki, I moved into Hatha-Vinayasa teaching, quickly followed by kids yoga (through the Radiant Child Yoga Program/RCYP) and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini Yoga was the foundation of my training and experience in my yoga & meditation practice for well over 14 years. A path reveals itself as we walk along it, and this one has many twists;and so it is that I no longer identify as a Kundalini Yogi, and yet the practices and what I learnt there are close to my heart, forming the foundation of much of my teaching and self exploration.
As my path takes another turn, with me searching deeper, exploring other teachings as I seek out their source, I am currently engaging with the teachings of Kashmir Shivaism (true Tantrik teachings), Somatic and Biotensegrity movement principles, and as much yoga as I can get my limbs around, along with subtle explorations through Neo-Shamanic and Light Language training with Kerry Henwood. This year (2017) I am also engaging in deeper study of the breath with Kerry.
My Yoga is not just asana or posture work – yoga means balance, and these teachings, my searching, healing and teaching work, is all about the exploration of balance and the journey home toward our natural state.
In RCYP and Kundalini Yoga, I trained to the level of teacher trainer. In this role I trained hundreds of Kids Yoga Teachers through my Brisbane yoga studio (Spirit Rising Yoga), as well as two groups of Kundalini Yoga Teachers with Guru Dass Singh as Lead trainer, before I felt the call to begin the shift in my path. At this point I began working with Kerry Henwood, my Shamanic teacher to this day, training in the art of Soul Retrieval, Angelic Shamanism and more recently the Language of Light. In 2017 I am continuing my work with Kerry, including embarking on Breathwork training, to deepen my knowledge and tools in rebirthing and the breath as a profound healing tool.
Yoga first entered my life as a child through a funny little book that my sister and I found on the bookshelf. This book had us comparing Lotus poses and Uddiyana bhandas (or as we called it - tummy sucking).
After that came a painful, dramatic, and emotion driven teenage-hood (nothing unusual there!) that drove me deeper inside and spat me out into the world at large - which is still not always a comfortable place for me.
A triple Pisces with a Sagittarius ascendant, I have always had a habit of feeling deeply and envisioning better worlds all at the same time. Staying with the so called harshness of reality is not somewhere I liked to hang out – which is probably why I was often told I was “too off with the faeries”. The status quo is not my jive, and despite an honours degree in Fashion and Textile Design, being fashionable doesn’t cut it for me either – but I probably made that cushion you sat on in my class.
Thankfully, these days I am able to open to the difficulties of life, supported by my yoga and healing practices, which allows me to also encounter the true bliss.
I live my life with my eyes on the stars, my heart nourished by our planet, my soul embedded in the universe. I feel the pain and struggle it can be to be a human here at this time, and sometimes yes, it can be so so hard. Shutting off and hiding out can feel much much easier. But only for so long.
While my Sagittarius self wants to scream, ‘why can’t we all just love one another’ or fly off to another planet, my old Pisces soul understands the wisdom of the ages, the cycles of the seasons and the ways of the universe.
She knows why we are here, and together, with all the tools I have learnt (and am still learning – in this place there is always more!) I hope to help you find better ways to be here too, to reconcile and nourish all that lies within you. To touch your own stars as you plummet your depths.
Our greatest tool, our essential tool in this life here is our human body.
Learning to be in my body is my daily adventure, accepting the world and ourselves as we are can be challenging in these (radical? crazy? stressed out?) times.
And so: Yoga. Breathing. Meditation. Embodiment.
Coming home to you.
My purpose here is to share the fruits of this journey with you, to help you to embody your spirit, and inspire your life from your heart and soul. To live your essence, to come to know what it is to live both your spirit and your humanity; with tools to light the path, techniques to find the way and connections that support you to be all that you are.
my path is at once eclectic and authentic…
Today, I consider my teaching to be a healing path, and my healing path to be that of a teacher.
In my searching and exploring I am always reaching for the deepest truth, along with the best ways to keep that information and experience relevant to our experiences and challenges here in today's world.
I am adept at blending the old and the new, the seen and the unseen, the known and the unknown.
I offer a space for you to explore your inner and outer worlds that is safe, authentic and considered. I run fast from the latest fad (as a fashion designer I can smell one a mile off!) but am always ready for new techniques that are steeped in authenticity.
As a teacher, healer and guide, my role is to support you in your own experience, to empower you in your body, your mind and your spirit. Dogma we throw out the window, as we learn to use our intuition, to access the deep knowing in our body, in our cells and the language of our souls. All that you need is within you. Techniques, and shared experiences are the keys to unlock and reveal your own deeper realities and the simple magic that is life.
what’s in a name;
all about Brie…
or Briellen, for those moments when we are going deeper than cheese…
Yes, I have an offbeat sense of humour, you might too if you shared your name with a french cheese. When you really need to get my attention, choose Briellen.
This is the name that my mother created for me, with all its uniqueness and quirkiness – Beautiful Briellen or Smelly Cheese Brie – its my number three (ask me about Tantric Numerology) Devil or Divine all wrapped up in my name. Mum went deep to choose this name for me (thank you Mum!), adapting it from an old Welsh name, and that is an honour I carry through my life. It reminds me to live as myself in every moment, with all my beauty and inner stinky-ness ( Jung called it the Shadow), as a particular blend of the old and the new, embodied in the here and now. And not to forget, a little bit of the right mould or fermentation can be the magic touch.
Along my path I was honoured to receive another name: “Har Simrat Kaur”, which can be translated as meaning the “Princess/Lioness who repeats the name of God on every breath”. A spiritual name is said to capture the essence of our spiritual path in this life, it’s purpose is to awaken us to the spirit of that path and ourselves. This name reminds me that everything lies in the breath. All that we need, all that we desire, all our healing, whole-ing and dreaming is on the breath.
These days, when I am not actively engaged in teaching or healing you might find me immersed in practise, knitting away, sewing up a storm or immersed in a (very deep) pile of yoga-healing books.
It’s a busy life, that has me crossing the realities on a moment by moment basis, drinking of the bliss while I 'shovel the shit' and engage in the joy, effort and ease that is this life.
interested in certifications??
- Reiki Levels 1,2 & 3 | Usui, Seichem & Karuna lineages 1996-1999
- Kundalini Yoga - KRI Certified Level 1 (2004) & 2 (2005 + 2006), completed Teacher Trainer Mentorship under Guru Dass Singh (2008-2010)
- Tantric Numerology/ Lifemap Guru Dass, 2010.
- Hatha Vinyasa Yoga 200 hr - Katie Manistas (2004)
- Pre & Postnatal - Katie Manistas (2004
- RCYP (Radiant Child Yoga Program) Levels 1-3 (2003, 2005)
- Certified Facilitator RCYP under Shakta Kaur Khalsa, 2006 (prev)
- Shamanic Practices training under Kerry Henwood 2010-Present
- Language of Light & Tibetan Pulsing -Kerry Henwood 2016.
- Chakra Meridian Healing - Aftab Singh Khalsa 2006, 2008 & 2009.
- Sat Nam Rasayan Intro, 2012.
- Bachelor of Design (Fashion & Textiles) UTS, 1994