Teachers

Lou

LouLou began her Yoga journey 15 years ago. Her initial yoga training was the Gitananda (Rishiculture Astanga) tradition. Recently Lou completed a second training in the tradition of Krishnamacharya.

Louise also draws from her experience as a Primary & Pre-school teacher, a counselor, an energy worker, and a mother and grandmother. Her approach to teaching is holistic and individualised, and as such her classes aim to pass on to students the skills required to create a yoga practice that nurtures their own personal growth and meets their individual needs. She is currently studying Nutritious Movement with Katie Bowman.

Along with yoga, Lou’s passions include ocean swimming, walking and her love of nature and animals. Lou’s love of nature has led her to design studios that invite natures energy into every yoga class.

“Immersing myself in yoga and nature frees me up to be happier and more connected with myself and the people around me. I love seeing this happen for other people too.”

Jill

JillI was drawn to my first yoga class in my early 20’s after spending working days sitting at a desk. I needed to stretch! It didn’t take me long to realise yoga had less to do with the body and much more to do with the mind.

Nine years later in 2002, I set on the path of a 2 year teacher (500 hour) teacher training course at the Agama Yoga Centre in Melbourne through the lineage of Sri T Krishnamacharya, one of the most influential teachers of modern times. I have been studying and teaching consistently since I graduated in 2004 with my mentor Barbara Brian, and the Desikachar family – in Australia and India.

As well as teaching group classes at Kyo Yoga I currently conduct a 500 hour teacher training course in the Krishnamacharya tradition for those who want to explore the deeper teachings of yoga.

My special interest is in yoga philosophy and utilising yoga as a therapy to help individuals achieve health and healing. My learning in yoga, like life, is ongoing.  Yoga brings about self inquiry and and understanding that peace and contentment is already within us – not something we need to search for.  Committing to a daily practice allows me to meet the demands of life with energy and positivity and I hope to inspire others to find their own ‘sraddha’ (faith) in their lives through yoga!

Tara

Tara

Tara comes from a performing arts teaching background with over 20 years experience. She moved towards yoga as a cross training exercise to enhance her dancing. However, she soon discovered how fantastic yoga made her feel physically and mentally and had a desire to further her own practice and knowledge.

Tara studied children and teenage yoga with Epona Yoga and has a passion to bring yoga to children, teenagers and people with special needs to help reach their potential and cope with the stresses of todays busy world.

She then studied Vinyasa yoga at the Aura Wellness Centre in the United States. Tara enjoys the dynamic nature of Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga and likes to weave these styles into a class that incorporates music, props, sequences, breath and relaxation. Tara encourages creativity and fun in her classes whilst developing strength and positivity.

“Yoga is not about touching your toes; it is about what you learn on the way down.” – Judith Hansen.

Kris

Kris

Probably like most, I’ve dipped in and out of yoga, aerobics, various fitness centre activities etc for most of my adult life. However, in the last 15 years, I’ve been a Yoga devotee because I found it gave me not only the physical but the mental stimulation and balance I was searching for.

Life before teaching yoga was a life driven by endless deadlines, long, often stress-filled days in the performing arts industry. It was yoga that saved my life!!! Year after year, I was drawn back to the mat where I’d find all the tools to get me through.

So somewhere in the middle of those deadlines, I found time to gain a Diploma of Health in Yoga Teaching through the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. As always though, I came to realise “the more we know we know, the more we know we don’t know”!!! So I continue studying!!! I was particularly drawn to the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and became an accredited teacher in this tradition in 2011.

Underlying all of Krishnamacharya’s teachings was the principle “Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other” – Sri T. Krishnamacharya

Shelley

Shelley

It wasn’t until I was going through a difficult time in my life that I was really able to first-hand experience the benefits of yoga. It helped me to sleep when nothing else worked, and it also gave me glimpses of inner peace and contentment which was a relief as my stress levels were really high.

I thought “Wow….. this really works” so I made a personal sankalpa that I wanted to grow old practising yoga and share with others the amazing benefits that yoga holds; hence began my quest of teacher training. I undertook 12 months of Iyengar training under Alan Goode in Adelaide 2005 then completed an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Victorian Institute of Yoga Education and Teacher Training in 2007.

I am a Division One Registered Nurse, Naturopath and Massage Therapist. In 2012 I completed my Diploma in Ceramics so in my glimpses of spare time, I can be found in my studio creating handmade, quirky table ware and garden pots. Paper craft is my new creative addition…. It’s so much fun! I am also a mother to 3 healthy, determined and beautiful children.

Kate

Kate

A tiny German woman in an old CWA hall first introduced me to the practice of yoga. Little did I know that in joining my now mother-in-law in what I thought was a different kind of future investment, that I would discover an entirely new world.

Over the course of more than 10 years, yoga has moved from a restorative practice for my former elite athlete’s body, to a path of discovery and contentment. Teachings that I draw upon whether being held down by a set wave or leading a group of teenagers in a remote corner of the world. I have been lucky enough to study with Peter Clifford of Anahata Yoga and Sunny Richards of Santosha, a multi-style training drawing from the Krishnamarcharya lineage.

My classes combine challenging physical practice that is led by the breath. I aim to provide students with an opportunity for self-enquiry. To experience yoga not as another activity to be accomplished, but as one that tames the inner critic. To shift our focus away from results and destinations, and realise that the goal and the path are one.

Off the mat I run the not-for-profit education organisation, Destination Dreaming, and may also be spotted surfing, hiking or at home in beautiful Ocean Grove with my husband and son.

Avanelle

Avanelle

I first heard about Pilates back in 1992 after being introduced by a friend. I was intrigued but told only dancers could do it so never pursued it further.
Fast track to 2001…after being involved in an accident I was facing a few years of rehabilitation to both left and right knees. After surgeries, physio and personal training it was decided that Pilates was going to be the way forward for me and my injuries. After my first studio session I was completely in love. I loved the discipline, the control and the strength it gave to my entire body – and especially my mind and wellbeing. It certainly wasn’t a quick fix, it became part of my daily life and has not stopped.

One of my instructors mentioned I should become an instructor myself seeing as I was at the studio more than him! It was a tiny seed that grew over quite a few years and I finally began my Teacher Training at Breathe Education in 2012. I trained in the Stott Pilates method and this year I will be completing my Diploma in Pilates. I love teaching Pilates and the positive control and strength it gives us over our bodies.

When I’m not teaching I am a well trained mum – taxi ferrying my two children about, walking our beautiful dogs Dave and Bear or helping my husband at our winery on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Pete

Bio - PetePete has been practicing yoga for 16 years and has completed his Yoga teacher training through the Agama Yoga Centre based in Melbourne. He also has a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Pete’s yoga journey started when his professional work as a horticulturist was becoming increasingly office based and sedentary. He saw the need to develop strength and flexibility in order to fully participate in the other passions in his life, which include surfing, growing vegetables and nature-based activities. Yoga was the answer.

His passions are reflected in his grounded approach to teaching yoga.  His classes cater for individual body types to ensure that all his students are able to maximize the benefits yoga brings.

“Over the years of practicing yoga, I have realised the benefits of a regular yoga practice are not only physical. A physical practice that combines the use of the breath to link with the mind also helps develop calmness and contentment, which has a positive effect on all aspects of your life”.

Bec

Bio - BecI spent years practicing yoga in various traditions and at home on my mat.  It was only when I began to practice at Kyo Yoga that I found a much more personal connection with yoga.  Inspired by the teachers there, I joined the first Teacher Training course in 2014 taught by Barbara Brian and Jill Harris.

I believe the importance of the breath and movement connection in yoga out weighs the form of the perfect pose. I am now fully graduated and teaching the Pregnancy class.

Pregnancy classes help the mind, body and breath to adjust to the changes taking place in a woman’s body during the 9 months. The modifications needed during all stages of pregnancy are not always obvious but important on so many levels.

I believe that healing comes through self-reflection. My approach to life is an holistic one and outside of yoga I enjoy making my own natural skin care products.

Suzie

Suzie photoI have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and completed teacher training in 2011 at Balance, Yoga and Holistic Therapies Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland. I have since has taught in yoga studios around Scotland and in Melbourne, Australia. I have an empathic nature that allows me to be receptive to students’ needs hence I work intuitively but in a structured, relaxed and practical way.

I value the many subtle and powerful qualities of yoga practice and aim to leave space and silence for the students to discover and journey through the experience themselves. In this way their practice and experience of yoga is truly their own.

Tracey

traceyI have loved yoga for so long. It helped me when I was very ill some time ago and from there the need to know more and my fascination with how yoga is so complimentary to our lives just grew…

I love the effect it has on myself and my family and wanted to learn how I could possibly create this sense of freedom, space, light and calmness in others. I ventured into a teacher training course recently offered here at Kyo Yoga. The teachings have blown my mind and opened up another world of constant personal growth. Along the way I developed the proficiency to pass these opportunities onto others.

I love the relationships that are created between teacher and pupil, especially children of all ages and how yoga can become a useful tool for so many people from all sorts of backgrounds. It is so adaptable and easy, which in the end makes you feel good from the inside out! Can’t get better than that I say!

Charlotte

My intention is to share my knowledge and experience of yoga, and to encourage self-reflection. I believe yoga helps you get to know yourself and the way you relate to, and live in the world. Listening to your body, ongoing learning and enjoying yoga are integral aspects to my teaching and practice. After nearly 20 years of personal yoga practice I have experienced significant positive changes through yoga and the great support it provides in navigating the challenges of daily life.

I have more than ten years experience teaching yoga and meditation to adults, children and seniors on the Bellarine; and 15 years experience in teaching and management in education.

My qualifiactions include a BA in Social Sciences, Grad Dip Education, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Diploma of Classical Yoga, Advanced Diploma in Meditation and Counselling, and qualifications in children’s yoga, writing, art therapy, reiki and massage.

Larissa

My yogic life began when I was 20, and I first joined a gym in Melbourne. ‘Yoga’ was on the class timetable and I was hooked from class one. I felt so connected and knew I was onto something good… really good!
I moved and travelled a lot in my 20’s and early 30’s but I always found yoga wherever I went.
I have recently resigned from being Cabin Crew at an airline after 2 years maternity leave. I flew around for 9 years and over those 9 years as soon as I got off the plane I would look up the best yoga studio to do a class at before jumping back on the plane to fly home.
I have a beautiful 2 year old daughter, a cute as a button dog and a gorgeous husband and we love living here in Ocean Grove.
I recently completed a Diploma of Hatha Yoga so I could end being in the air and live a full yogic life on the earth.
I adore the connection yoga brings to Breath, Strength, Mind and Body. I believe everyone should get outdoors and absorb the energy (Prana and Chi) that awaits them in Nature.

 

Hugh

Hugh began teaching in 2008, he is a graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching – a 2 year (1000 hour) course founded by Leigh Blashki. He began assisting and co-teaching with his mentor Andrew Mournehis on Yoga retreats overseas and locally and in 2013, Hugh trained in Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley, and later with Sarah Powers.

Hugh takes a therapeutic Chinese Medicine and Mindfulness meditative approach in his teachings. He has used these as tools for healing from depression, adrenal fatigue, and digestive issues.
“I came to Yoga and Meditation through personal crisis suffering from depression and anxiety since a teenager. I’m a life-long student of Yoga and Meditation which I believe are inspiring tools for cultivating self awareness of our habitual mental patterns. Yoga & Mindfulness provide us with practical skills to manage anxiety, mental and emotional imbalances…”
You will find Hugh specialising in teaching Yin Yoga and Meditation classes, he facilitates Yin Yoga & Meditation workshops, overseas & local retreats and Yin Yoga teacher trainings in Australia.