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.
Growing up on the island of North Borneo, Stephanie has enriched her life with experiences that stimulateones being in the world. The journey of Yoga started for her back in 2009, and the transformation and growth that followed lead her practice to more deeper and holistic connections, influencing every aspect of her life. Hoping to impart this ability to transform mind and body through yoga, she started teaching Vinyasa and Hatha classes at an MMA gym in Camberwell. Her journey has now brought her to North Yoga, a place where she can impart what she has learnt and experienced to others whilst being a catalyst for personal change.
Experiencing the benefits of yoga first hand, Elle sees the practice of yoga as a therapy for the mind. She was able to find a sense of calmness through her practice, amongst the hustle and bustle of living in the city that never sleeps.
Yoga plays a huge role in Elle's daily life, and after completing her 200 hour teaching training in NYC, she knew that she wanted to share her passion and knowledge with the world. Curious and inquisitive, this little yogi teaches with an open mind and an open heart.
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.
Annabel approaches the yoga practice as a playground to explore our edges, encouraging compassionate self-enquiry to expand our boundaries. She believes the lessons we learn on the mat carry over into all aspects of our lives. Annabel began her teacher training in the satyanda style of hatha yoga in India, and has since undertaken advanced embodied flow training with Tara Judelle. Her classes are creative and fluid, blending together a beautiful balance of challenge and calm. They encourage self-awareness and connection through breath based movement, weaving in aspects of philosophy and meditation.
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.
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.
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.
Jessi Simpson is a classical hatha yoga practitioner with a unique, pure & traditional approach. After years of practice in various styles prior, this minimal and healing practice came into Jessi’s life over four years ago when she needed it most. After moving to Melbourne from a coastal down in Western Australia to pursue a career in the modeling and media industries - driven mainly by what’s on the outside - Jessi’s mind and body had accumulated overloads of nervous tension from a life out of alignment and her habitual responses to it. Her yoga journey led her quickly to the discipline of a strong and nurturing self-practice and later to Mysore, India to study with renowned yoga therapy experts in a 300 hour Teacher Masters Education Program. Jessi uncovered early in her journey that the real magic of the practice was in the mind rather than the physical body. By learning to detach healthily to what comes & goes in the mind, there is something beautiful which can be discovered beyond it. Working deeply with the spine and nervous system, Jessi’s classes are simple with the a focus on proper alignment, awareness of body and stillness so that students are able to go deeper inside to feel into the subtler sensations.
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.