Yoga Teacher – Member Yoga Australia
Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) – Member – IAYT
Meditation Teacher – Member Meditation Association of Australia
Jackie has studied yoga extensively both internationally and within Australia. She travels to India regularly to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre where she gained her teacher training certificate in yoga and meditation.
Jackie is also a yoga therapist, which is the art and science of applying yogic principles to enhance wellbeing, overcome illness and as a preventative mode of healthcare.
Ayurvedic science, yogic philosophy, yoga therapy and mindfulness are all areas of passion for Jackie. Each of her weekly classes have a particular theme based around one of these areas, so students learn a little more than breath and postures.
Annie started off practising yoga as a teenager where she started to notice the benefits of the practice. Her curiosity for the practices of yoga has taken her on the journey of becoming a teacher and has trained in various different styles of yoga such as tantra, hatha, vinyasa and embodiment. Annie’s style of teaching is a blend softness and strength and deep origins in the philosophy of yoga. Annie’s passion is to help students to practise in a way that is accessible and nurturing to all aspects of the body.
Steve’s story with yoga began as a child climbing trees, running about playing ‘chasey’, and stealth stalking prey in some for off jungle in his imagination.
The joy of physical movement and visualisation, the places it can take you, continue to resonate with Steve via the practice of yoga.
Steve likes to teach with a balance of strength and flexibility, (Suka and Stira) in equal measure. He welcomes a curious and playful exploration through the asanas to arrive at a deeper more quiet understanding of our own unique beautiful human condition.
Lily’s background in movement comes from a career in contemporary dance after having trained at the Victorian College of the Arts through both secondary and school and university.
Yoga has been the foundation of Lily’s practice for over ten years, with her curiosity of the mind/body connection opening her up to a diverse range of practices including the study of anatomy, kinesiology, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Zend Shiatsu (Aust College of Shiatsu) contact improvisation and Middindorf Breath training.
As a teacher Lily leads a class that activates the body without force, dwelling in the creative space between strengthening and softening. Expect to be challenged in her classes while at the same time being soothed into a state of pleasure and relaxation.
Michaela’s classes are slow moving and aim to cultivate a deep sense of compassion and care within oneself. She bases her classes on the notion of building the practice from the inside out; using invitational language and offering some alignment suggestions as ways of navigating shapes and moving towards a sense of support. Her classes tend to have a focus on introspection and always include an element of grounding into the body or meditation.
She is passionate about accessibility and inclusion within yoga and educational spaces and takes a reflexive approach to her teaching practice. She has experienced firsthand the healing effects of the practice and strives to facilitate experiences that are intentional, welcoming of difference and full of care.
Michaela completed her initial 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 with the school of Embodied Flow and has since gone on to complete various trainings in yin yoga, philosophy, trauma informed yoga and one-one mentorship.
Che’s passion for yoga began after the birth of her son to aid her recovery and ease anxiety. She has now been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Having experienced the healing benefits of yoga practices she was drawn in to yoga teaching in 2012. Che’s teaching now focuses on healing practices of pranayama, Restorative Yoga, Yin, Meditation and Qi Gong.
Che has worked in education programs to support mental health and wellbeing working with organisations like Beyond Blue and Smiling Mind. She travels to Bali regularly for trainings and retreats.
Che has conducted wellness workshops and cofacilitated retreats for healing.
She is currently completing studies in Art therapy and hopes to bring this in to healing yoga retreats in the future.
Sally began the practice of yoga in Ballarat, stepping on the mat for the first time in 2014. With a background in pilates she was struck by the confrontation that asana and meditation presented to her. These incredible aspects of yoga challenged Sally, and had her coming back for more.
In 2016 Sally took part in a Yoga retreat through Australian yoga community Power Living. The 7 days intensive deepened her knowledge of yoga and expanded her understanding into historical and philosophical aspects. Student of yoga at The Studio, Sally continued to be inspired by local teachers and booked to complete yoga teacher training with Yoke Yoga in 2019. Teachers Chris Wilson, Ryan Mannix and Kate Henry lead the 200hr teacher training and brought out in Sally an ability to teach yoga from the heart.
Since completing YTT, Sally teaches classes throughout Ballarat in fitness studios and gyms. Off the mat, Sally enjoys middle distance running and has a passion to support people to move well, feel good and uncover the best parts of themselves through wellbeing.
Sara arrived at yoga from a traditional fitness background. After a couple of life altering events, she reached a point in her life where she craved quiet, both physically and mentally.
Her quest to harmonise her body and mind led her to train first as a meditation teacher in 2015 and naturally on to yoga teacher training with Byron Yoga in 2016.
Sara is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered thinking. She weaves personal experiences and philosophy throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdoms to our contemporary western world in an easy and understandable way.
She supports the growth of the physical and emotional self, citing the interconnectedness to ourselves, each other and to the world at large.
When not at the studio, Sara is a very busy Mum to five children, loves RuPaul’s Drag Race and is eagerly waiting to return to Japan to teach yoga in Kyoto.”
Mindfulness through Yoga