Teachers

Jill

Jill

I 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. I am currently studying a 1000 hours Yoga Therapy course and also taking part in an exciting research project involving yoga for mental health through Deakin Uni and Barwon Health in Geelong.

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.

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.

Bec

I remember my first yoga class at 22, signed up for the term, walked out of the class thinking ‘I feel amazing’. Not just like I’d done an exercise class but that I’d tapped into something I’d felt years before – one hot summer day when my drama teacher had let us lay on the floor where it was cool and talked us through a meditation. It was just like that and it had a name, Yoga.

I brought a book on how to do yoga. In between classes I’d  roll my mat out at home and try and remember all the moves, sequences  and my favourite part the end, that laying pose savasana hoping to recreate that ‘feeling’.

Then I travelled, I studied, found someone to love me, I lived overseas, had a baby and my prized possession that went with me everywhere was my yoga practice. 

Of coarse my yoga practice has changed over the years and I’ve learned a lot.  I’m now grateful to share what I know with you through teaching at Kyo Yoga.  Connecting breath & movement that is comforting to you both physically and mentally. Savasana is still my favourite part – plus the chanting.

My approach to life is a holistic one. I believe everything we do effects us so yoga to me is practiced both on and off the mat. 

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!

Barbara

I always felt drawn to yoga but was initially reluctant to go to a yoga studio because I felt not flexible enough. Then life led me to my yoga teacher who taught me that yoga was not about the perfect posture and flexibility but was a wholesome lifestyle embracing the connection of mind, body and soul.

Every time I stepped on my yoga mat, I felt calm and at peace with myself. So, I started off on my yogic journey which took me from Austria, where I have completed my yoga teacher training to Torquay where I feel I am able to live in line with nature and Mother Earth. I also discovered the healing and nurturing effects of Ayurveda in India and have integrated the Ayurvedic principles into my yogic life.

My passion lies in the deeper philosophy and ancient teachings of yoga and Ayurveda. My aim is to link the physical practice with the philosophy and ancient teachings that will take us all to a more subtle and profound understanding of ourselves.

Tina

I remember a fellow artist suggesting we all head to a yoga class after hours of creative repetition in the studio. I can recall the feeling of moving through asana with many bodies, graceful instruction by the teacher. I was hooked, weaving yoga into my life’s tapestry for many years.

After having my third child I developed a desire for a stronger foundation of self, and subsequently my commitment to yoga deepened. My self enquiry led me to undertake the 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jill Harris here at Kyo Yoga.

Through these teachings yoga has permeated all aspects of my life, harmonising my body, mind and spirit. This is the gift of yoga and I’m eager to share this experience.

Kate

I have been teaching and guiding meditation as a fully qualified meditation teacher over the past 10 years. I have been meditating personally for over 30 years. I am also a coach at Australian Centre for Holistic Studies teaching students who are training to become meditation teachers. 

I am passionate about sharing the benefits of meditation.

 

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 flew for an airline as part of Cabin Crew for around for 9 years and over those 9 years as soon as I got off the plane I would look up a studio to do a yoga class before jumping back on the plane to fly home.
I now have 2 beautiful girls – a 3 year old and a newborn baby , 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.