Eleftheria Varsami (Guest Teacher)
Ria grew up as a passionate athlete and fin swimmer in Greece. Her curiosity for the functions of the human body and mind brought her a master degree in medical research and experiences as an emergency nurse in Barcelona. In 2014 her thirst for the truth brought her to India on a one way ticket. Many courses from iyengar yoga over Circus acrobatic to Thai massage later she found her self still travelling and being an empathic teacher which holds space for grace and challenge to guide the students to their true nature. Her radiant laughter invites joy and lightness into every mindset which creates life changing yoga experiences. She was lead teacher at India’s famous green yoga and organised many retreats in Bali, Korea, Australia and Europe.
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.
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.
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.
By starting her journey into yoga and meditation at 7 years of age, Lucienne had no chance of living a “normal” life. After finishing school and then completing a 3-year acting diploma at The National Theatre, Lucienne gave into the irresistible pull of yoga and took a teacher training course that launched her yoga teaching profession in 2012. Now, with over 400 hours of certificated study behind her and hundreds more ahead, Lucienne dedicates her life to studying and self-practice so that she can share the knowledge and wisdom she has discovered with her students (and anyone that’ll listen!). Today, Lucienne is specialising in Yin Yoga and Mindfulness — seeing the urgency of this kind of stillness and staying power in a world that is in a perpetual state of distraction and reaction.
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.
Natasha first discovered yoga as a way to compliment her dance training. In 2013 she graduated with a BA Dance from the VictorianCollege of the Arts and in 2017 completed her 200hr teacher training with Yoga Flame. During her studies, Natasha realised her passionfor teaching the art of the moving body through yoga. From having a keen interest in anatomy, her own practice and method of teachingfocuses on alignment and at the same time allows for the joy of movement and meditation in motion that is yoga. For her, yoga is apractice where we move within ourselves to reunite body, mind and spirit.
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
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.
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.
Courtney’s background in dance and yoga study expanding across the styles of yin, hatha and yoga for women; Courtney cherishes the medicine in movement. A perpetual student; she is always diving deeper into the inner workings of the body and how the complexity of the mind controls how we breathe and subsequently move through the world.
Daniel reluctantly came to his first yoga class in 2014 as a last ditch method to combat an ever growing list of sport injuries. His athletic endeavours soon gave way to a full time yoga practice, discovering more through yoga than he had over an entire lifetime of competitive sport. An Ashtangi at heart, Daniel blends elements of his own practice with traditional Hatha Yoga to deliver an energizing practice focusing on strength, alignment and breath.
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.