Teachers

Jill Harris

It is hard to remember a time when yoga wasn’t part of my life. I dabbled in classes through my early 20’s and in 2002 I set on the path of a 2 year teacher (500 hour) teacher training course 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 also  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.

When I’m not teaching or practising yoga I am fulfilling another dharma to my husband and two boys and can be regularly spotted walking our pet Kelpie on the beautiful Ocean Grove beach.

Tara Lynch

I have been practicing and studying yoga for over 20 years and have enjoyed discovering and experimenting with many yoga styles (Iyengar, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Kirtan, Yoga for children and teens, Yoga for students with physical and developmental disabilities and additional needs).

I am passionate about teaching students of all abilities, embracing and catering for diversity and often work with music and sound to compliment the yoga experience.

I recently completed my Masters in Inclusive Education Practices. This involved developing a yoga and mindfulness program to bring psychological, cognitive and social benefits to children with anxiety and behavioural disorders. More recently I have become interested in deepening my understanding of Meditation, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. I currently enjoy the balance of a role in The Faculty of Education Deakin University, alongside my yoga classes.

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 and setting along the rehabilitation path, i came across my first class. 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 became part of my daily life and has not stopped.

One of my instructors mentioned I should become an instructor myself 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 and have also completed a Diploma in Pilates.

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! It can’t get any better than that!

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.

Agustina Vigano

My journey with yoga began in 2009 while traveling in India, where I was drawn to its philosophical and spiritual aspects. The more I read and learned about yoga, the more I came to understand that the body was the doorway, the first step to connect with mind and spirit.

Many years later I completed a 500hr teacher training with Jill Harris in the Krishnamacharya tradition. In my classes I like to combine many tools – asana, breath, chant and philosophy for a greater and deeper connection to all layers of the self. I believe that to really experience the benefits of yoga we need to start by coming to the mat with curiosity, an open heart and mind.

After leaving Argentina in my early twenties to travel the world, I settled in the Surfcoast area five years ago. I’m a photographer, jeweller, multi-instrumentalist and part of a local kirtan group, among many other interests.

Blair Phillips

I fell in love with yoga in my early twenties, and have been teaching for five years. I have  a passion for sharing the gifts of yoga with others to help them live healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives.
Also a school teacher, I have trained in various areas of yoga (hatha, vinyasa, yin, kids and teens) and believe that yoga is for absolutely everyone. I aim to provide nurturing, joyful and considered classes to inspire people to enjoy the gifts of the practice both on and off the mat. When I’m not teaching I live in beautiful Ocean Grove with my husband, daughter and ever hungry Labrador Rumble.