Jill Harris

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. 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. I am a Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia.

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 Lynch

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.

Suzie Wylie

I 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 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.

Avanelle Derham

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.

Tracey Vaught

I love the effect yoga 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 offered at Kyo Yoga in 2014. 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.

Tina Mobbs

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 here at Kyo Yoga in 2016.

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 Miller

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.