Working as a carpenter eventually took it’s toll on Sean’s physical body. Sean turned to yoga to help slow the degeneration, counterbalance the demanding day and to calm the mind.
Yoga is union and connection, not just to the physical, mind or breath but also to the earth and spirit. Yoga gives us the tools to keep building these connections and in turn to enjoy life. You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga, in reality the aim is on the process to reach the posture physically, mentally and spiritually. Classes focus on strengthening and lengthening poses, moving with the breath and building heat strength with a strong emphasis on alignment.
Observing positive changes to the body, observing positive changes to the mind, having the patience to know where you’re at and where you want to be, and knowing you’ll get there in your own time is key to yoga practice.
With a background in healthcare, David first turned to yoga as a means of respite from the chaos & stress of the workplace. Since then his journey with yoga has been one of self exploration, not only of the physical body but of the emotional and spiritual planes.
As he delved deeper into yoga philosophy his practice pushed him through physical and mental boundaries, eventually leading him to his YTT in Vinyasa.
Steph’s relationship with yoga started in 2009 with intense veracity, and the growth that followed lead her practice to more deeper and holistic connections, reverberating through all aspects of her life. Her inquiry into the practice of Hatha lead her to teaching, through which she hopes to provide a space where students can inquire into their relationship between mind and breath.
Vanessa's yoga studies began whilst living in the bustling city of London where she learned the benefits of integrating holistic practices into a corporate lifestyle. She then welcome the opportunity to teach across Portugal and Sri Lanka before pursuing further studies in India. Having recently returned to Melbourne, Vanessa now seeks to share this knowledge and continue to develop her practice with those from home
Leigh started practicing yoga at first for purely the physical benefits and to bring some sense of balance and peace of mind in his day to day life. Quickly becoming obsessed, he decided to travel to India and start his Yoga teacher training. Once over there he discovered a deeper meaning to his practice - becoming aware of the subtle body and the much greater benefits of meditation and reflection.
“When I’m practicing yoga and I’m sweating I see it as an access point for transformation; when I’m practicing I can be a person I’m proud of - kinder, more aware and I have perspective. And I use teaching as a way to find connection”
Ileanna’s classes focus on mindful awareness, moving with fluidity, and with connection to breath. Her vinyasa classes are dynamic and fluid, allowing students to strengthen and open the physical body. Her Yin classes deeply introspective, encouraging students find surrender of both the physical body & of conscious thought. Space is held for self-enquiry,
and students are guided toward finding stillness from within.
Allison Berry has been exploring yoga for 20 years and commenced teaching in 2007. She has an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teacher (CAE, 2007) and completed Yoga Teacher Training with Donna Farhi in New Zealand in 2006. She has had the priviledge to study with numerous local and international yogis including A.G. and Indra Mohan, Dianna Long, Marcia Munroe, Donna Farhi and more locally, Paul Wooden, Anahata Giri and the wonderful Leigh Blashki. Allison commenced teaching at Gertrude Street Yoga and Healing Centre in 2007, following a period of leave following the births of her two sons. She has since facilitated pre-natal and birthing workshops and taught at a number of studios in inner Melbourne.
After backpacking through South and Central America for a year and practicing yoga most days, Bella started to grow a strong passion for yoga. When she returned from her travels she developed an acute health issue where she turned to yoga and meditation to assist with her recovery and healing. It was then that she realised the holistic benefits of yoga and developed a deep appreciation and love for this ancient practice. This inspired her to complete an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching (at AYA), and another Yoga Teacher Training in Trauma Informed and Community Yoga (through TCTSY and Yoga for Humankind). Bella’s classes provide a safe space for people to explore moving in their body with their breath. She incorporates mindfulness, invitational language and invites an awareness of introspection which facilitates one to connect in with their body, to make choices and gain agency and empowerment over their body, self and life.
Ali has a passion and dedication for health and wellbeing. She help people to find balance, peace and happiness in there lives.
Ali’s classes is a mixture of slow and dynamic flow with an emphasis on fluid movement as well as alignment. Her focus is on mindful awareness and building mental strength.
India is her second home and it is there where she first studied yoga and started teaching at age 19. She then went on to complete a PhD in Sanskrit to accompany her physical practice. Jemma’s practices in the tradition of Bhakti yoga, thus infusing her classes with mantra, intention and gratitude for everything.
Seans exploration of yoga practice began in 2007 as a way to revitalise his body and clear his mind having lost contact with competitive sports a few years prior. Inspired by glimpses of clarity gifted through regular practice, the desire for deeper learning and sharing of that experience led him to India where he completed a 200 HR teacher training in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method in 2015.
Sean has since maintained a committed Ashtanga practice and relies on this to inform his teaching. When not teaching or practising he is either designing playgrounds as a landscape architect, experimenting to keep his house plants alive and healthy or enjoying his time in ways that uplift his sense of being in the world.
Tegan encourages mindfulness and presence in her classes through focus on the breath and the sensations in the body. Whether in a dynamic Vinyasa class or slow and quiet Yin, Tegan believes that by tuning in to the rhythm of our breath and our physical sensations we can cultivate not only presence, but also a kinder and more accepting state of awareness—towards ourselves, and others.
Tegan also encourages safe alignment and working with your body at whatever level it is at. She often provides several options in her classes and suggests opportunities to either take things deeper/stronger or to add a more restorative element to your practice.
Originally drawn to yoga for its ability to increase her sense of wellbeing on many levels, Tegan eventually wanted to be able to share these benefits with others, and became qualified as a yoga teacher at Frog Lotus Yoga International in 2015 while living in Spain. She grew up on the beautiful west coast of Canada.