Shona Innes – Shona is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique and is a member of the Australian society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Inc. (M.Austat 1217). In 1998 she completed the 3-year Alexander Technique Teacher Training under the direction of Duncan Woodcock at the Melbourne Alexander Teacher Training School.
Shona has a background in dance and has worked with movement as a performer and educator since 1980. She has taught functional anatomy, movement fundamentals, Ideokinesis and Improvisation, principally at the Victorian College of the Arts and Victoria University tertiary dance and performance programs. Shona has a continuing interest in performance and has worked with Independent artists in Melbourne over many years – Jude Walton, Rinske Ginsberg, Ros Warby and 11th Hour Theatre Company.
Aside from the arts field Shona has also worked within the public hospital system as an Allied Health therapy assistant – Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Speech Pathology. She worked in a specialist Acquired Brain Injury residential unit for 9 years and continues to have a particular interest in the field of Acquired Brain Injury.
Shona has been a student of Buddhism since 1992. Initially she studied with the Theravadin nun Ayya Khema followed by a nine year period of practice in the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of the Venerable Traleg Rinpoche. Since 2004 Shona has been practicing within the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism as a student of Zen Master Ekai Korematsu Osho in Melbourne. She received the Bodhisattva precepts in December 2014 and is now a Lay Ordained practitioner.