crawf weir yogaLike so much else from India, the practice of yoga is constantly evolving.


Crawf Weir, founder of Barefoot Yoga in Sydney’s Paddington, first found yoga after exhausting all other therapies for his chronic back injury.

After discovering daily yoga practice helped his back pain, and feeling much happier with his life, after two years Weir quit his corporate career to become a yoga teacher.

Originally from England, Weir combined his knowledge of business with his passion for yoga to start his own studio. After learning about the ‘yoga by donation’ method being popularised in the United States, Weir was inspired to bring the concept to Australia.

“The premise of yoga by donation is to make it accessible to everyone,” Weir says. “Yoga can be expensive and exclusive, whereas I want to make it affordable and inclusive.”

Students at the studio are asked to contribute roughly $10 to $20 per class or make a “fair donation” based on how much they can afford and how often they attend classes. This means social or financial status don’t preclude people from taking part. Working on a kind of karma-based system, the teachers are paid directly from donations.

“I totally believe in the system,” Weir says. “People respect it and appreciate what you’re doing. I’m sure there are a few people who might take advantage, but it doesn’t matter because there are others who give generously so you can achieve that balance.”

Weir began his yoga journey with a strong physical practice, but over time has incorporated more elements of meditation and mindfulness.

“Yoga is a personal journey for everybody,” Weir says. “People love what we do, our donation approach, and they think the teachers and studio are great. We get lots of positive feedback.”

Weir has been looking forward to celebrating the United Nations World Yoga Day on Bondi Beach. “It is going to be an honour and a pleasure to take part along with all the other fantastic yoga teachers.”

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