Michael's interest in yoga went from zero to teacher training within the space of 18 months. So impacted was he by the changes he felt after 12 months of regular classes, that the ongoing journey into his practice took him to India for his teacher training in Ashtanga practice.
This Is Yoga is Michael's vision for sharing his passion and creating a space for people who never thought yoga was for them. Michael will show you how to find your feet and learn how such an ancient practice can give you such a positive affect on your body and in your life.
Michael's classes are both fun and lighthearted with inversions and challenges to take you through your practice.
He will ask you to find a place in yourself that feels like there is nowhere else to go and then make you dig that little bit deeper! Compassionate when least expected and full of his own quirky takes on living a life on purpose, he is a refreshing yoga teacher and a class not to be missed!
Julie landed an early career performing for almost a decade in a global touring show within the world famous Cirque du Soleil entertainment company. A career that developed from an international competing gymnast to an aerial contortionist performing 42 feet above the ground.
For Julie, yoga is a gift. Yoga has helped carry her through her extensive acrobatic training, injuries and with life on-tour. Bringing Circus and Yoga together, Julie decided to dive deeper into her practice and passion by moving into teaching.
Julie is also a qualified Pre/Post Natal and Kids Yoga teacher. After travelling for many years Julie says, “It’s nice to call Sydney and ‘This is Yoga’ home. Yoga will always be a special part of my daily life.”
After years of hanging upside down on her neck, hands and feet in the sky defy the limitations of body Julie shares her knowledge in her classes carrying students through their practice learning how to challenge the body to improve stability, strength and most of all our whole well-being.
A native New Yorker, Lindsay moved to Bondi in 2010 after a few years of globetrotting and chasing summer. The ocean, mountains and open spaces have always called her name, and she feels most alive when she's outdoors under the sun with the earth under her feet.
Lindsay is an avid animal lover and advocate and has spent lots of time in animal shelters and sanctuaries all over the world. She finds that her yoga practice and study of yogic principals enhances her connection to others, something she has felt deeply from a young age. Not only has she found that yoga has softened some of her hard New York edges, asana has increased her physical, mental and emotional strength and balance and she enjoys a dynamic flowing practice.
Her classes offer students opportunity to grow in strength and mental stamina but also in awareness of body, mind and spirit.
Kassandra has been a professional dancer for most of her life, dancing for artists all around the world whilst practicing yoga along the way.
This was until her latest venture around the world where she studied with an incredible yogi, Kester Lunney, in a Shala on a remote island in Thailand. Here she realised this was her next great path in her life. The excitement of being able to change peoples lives as he did to hers sent her to an Ashram in Rishikesh, India at Shiva Yoga Peeth.
Kass completed her teacher training in Ashtanga and Hatha, meditation, Pranayama and this ancient practices of the Indian philosophy. Loving that yoga is practiced evenly on both sides of the body unlike most other exercise techniques and the importance of giving your mind and soul as much time and effort superficial body.
A Clovelly local, Deb has a passion for health, wellbeing and fitness combined and loves to be as close as possible to the ocean. Deb’s classes combine vinyasa flow and yin yoga - drawing on her experience of the physical effects of running, gym training and open water ocean swimming to both activate the body and relax the mind.
Deb’s journey on the mat accelerated when she suffered injuries that put an end to her life-long competitive running career, during preparations for her first marathon and for Surf Life Saving World Masters sand events. She fell in love with the peaceful ease she found in the movement, as well as the physical benefits and health.
Deb completed her 200 hour Teacher Training studying with John Ogilvie at Byron Yoga Centre and her 100 hour Yin Teacher Training under Melanie McLaughlin.
Bevan has been athletic since he was a kid, drawn to many sports and playing rugby league at state level. Along with his athletic side he always had a burning passion to be creative. It was in 2008 when deciding to do an acting course in which he discovered yoga.
His curiosity was piqued, for the first time he felt a connection that linked his mind body and soul together that he never felt before. This led him down a path of hatha, bikram, iyengar before settling into a daily meditation and vinyasa practice.
After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a degree in acting, Bevan was ready to deepen his understanding of yoga both spiritually and practically, and decided to complete his teacher training with Body Mind Life under the guidance of his teachers Noelle Connolly, Kat Clayton and with Shiva Rea in India.
With an understanding of contemporary movement styles blended with his knowledge of anatomy and a deep understanding of yoga asana Bevan is passionate about creating an experience which will leave you feeling completely present in a world where we are constantly distracted.
After practicing yoga on and off for years, Asha decided to take the plunge and completed her first yoga teacher training. The training added a whole new dimension to what she thought she knew about yoga and became fascinated by the philosophy of yoga. The experience drew awareness of what holds her back in life and has made Asha realise that we are all here to reach our full potential and shine bright. As Marianne Williamson said, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.”
Asha’s classes are challenging but lighthearted, she loves helping others gather insights to transform their lives. Asha is passionate about sharing the integration of ancient yoga philosophies and the physical practice, which she believes is simply a tool to connect to our bodies and observe ourselves, whilst not taking ourselves to seriously!
Asha has trained under Duncan Peak, Shiva Rae and Yin training with Jo Phee.
A California native, Cailey fell in love with yoga in Los Angeles, where she completed her teacher training through YogaWorks in 2012. Coming from a dance background, she was drawn to the movement from asana to asana, but loved that the practice lacked the competitive nature that is inevitable with dance.
Cailey taught yoga as well as various types of fitness such as barre, Surfset, stand up paddleboard yoga, and interval training classes all over LA before moving to Sydney.
Australia has given her a new layer of love for yoga, as a teacher and a practitioner.
Norma grew up in London, U.K and has a deep passion for music, architecture, travel, motorbikes & of course YOGA. After completing a degree in architecture and coming to a cross roads in her career, she made the decision to travel the world. She found herself settling in Thailand for a number of years, which was the start of a personal journey of self- discovery, where she found Buddhism, Yoga, Meditation and a passion for teaching.
Norma then completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 at Body Mind Life in Sydney, under the guidance of Noelle Connolly and Kat Clayton and since then has added several other modules to her portfolio including ... Creative sequencing, The relationship between Science, Music & Yoga, The Art of Alignment & Assists, to name a few.
An Architect once described the relationship between yoga, meditation and architecture so perfectly... “Yoga & meditation, like Architecture, are about our awareness and space. The physical postures, the shapes we make with our bodies when joined with a curiosity about our minds, help us to develop a sense of internal spaciousness. “
Norma’s style of teaching is exactly about that. Expect a strong class with creative sequences that link conscious breath and movement, taming one’s busy mind and cultivating a larger and more appreciative view of things as they are … all to the background sounds of phenomenal beats!
Being a mum to two small boys, Ilana understands what its like to live life a little chaotically and how important yoga is for many of us who seem to be living in a perpetual state of ‘busyness’. Not only falling in love with its physical benefits, now more than ever she is able to experience how much of an impact Yoga is having in bringing more clarity and balance into her everyday life.
Since completing her initial yoga teacher training in Australia in 2010, she has been fortunate enough to study with some renowned international teachers, Rod Stryker, Maty Ezraty, Tara Judelle, Simon Park and Jasmine Tarkeshi. She also acknowledges some of her local teachers Noelle Connolly, Rachael Coopes and Mel McLaughlin to be of great influence in her style of teaching today.
Ilana’s classes are infused with creative sequencing, philosophy and theming in the hope student’s move beyond surface level to ‘get out of their head and into their body’. Her classes are designed so students feel supported and inspired, inviting them to bring some joy onto the mat and grace into the practice. She believes this will enable them to reach their full potential on and off the mat.
Ever since she was a child, Kaylee always had the urge to move her body. Years of playing team sports led her to be selected to run track for Vanguard University where she received a Bachelors in Psychology. Like many people who find yoga, she began incorporating a regular practice to complement her athletics training and started seeing the benefits on and off her mat.
She recalls, “I can pinpoint the very moment my love affair with the practice began –in a yoga studio in Phoenix, Arizona, lying in Savasana listening to Alexi Murdoch sing sweet somethings about orange skies and salvation”.
After becoming a Pilates mat and Barre instructor in 2010, five years of consistent yoga practice, one big move to Australia, two babies, and a new found passion she delved into the journey of a 200 hour vinyasa training with Power Living. Since then, she has completed a continued advanced vinyasa training under Duncan Peak and Yin training with Mel McLaughlin.
Kaylee believes, “Yoga is an artistic expression of who we really are. Through moving with our breath on our mats, we go on a journey within, we show up and we surrender to the flow and release to find real freedom for ourselves”.
Originally from Wales, Harriet’s yoga journey had a slightly unusual start… A pre-natal class in a local leisure centre! Harriet was not pregnant, this was just the only yoga available.
After moving to Australia in 2014, Harriet’s love affair with yoga deepened and she travelled over to India to complete her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in an Ashram in Rishikesh. “I have never felt such peace and been so sure that I was on the right path”. Since completing her 200hr training, Harriet has undertaken further advanced vinyasa, sequencing & yoga for trauma training. She is passionate to never stop learning and connecting. From her classes you can expect to move, connect, sweat and laugh (with or at her).
Jo has taught yoga in Sydney and prior to that London for 5 years. So far she has trained in Vinyasa with Nicole Walsh, Mysore with Maty Ezraty, Strala Yoga with Tara Stiles, Meditation with Jonni Pollard and Sequencing with Noelle Connelly. She also trained in Yin Yoga with Sherrie Peck and loves the depth of mind that can be achieved with a quiet, yin practice. She continues to seek out trainings that stoke the yoga flame that started burning back in her first class aged 15!
Her classes are a fluid flow of breath and movement; playful and uplifting, with an undercurrent of strength for the mind and body. She hopes to share her passion, and sometimes that odd life lesson, on the mat with you soon.
Oceane's classes are an invitation to meet yourself at a deep and intimate level. She believes the ancient practice of Yoga to be the best tool to face your fears, understand your most anchored patterns and tendencies and perhaps change and grow out of them. Each class is an opportunity to reconnect to your true essence and begin again.
After completing her teacher training in 2014 she has since trained under Noelle Connolly, Maty Ezraty and Shiva Rea. Her classes weave philosophy, intelligent sequences, pranayama and meditation.
Growing up on Bondi Beach, Australia, Carla began her love for freedom of movement in the ocean and as a dancer. During a dance class about 15 years ago, Carla’s teacher introduced her to yoga as a tool to warm up her body, increase strength, flexibility, breath and most importantly as a way to be present, focused and connected to the movement and embody her expression.
Carla completed her yoga teacher training in 2010 and has since practiced with some of her most inspiring international mentors such Tara Styles, Megan Curie, Shiva Rae, Twee Mirigan, Lez Leventhal, Brian Kest, Patric Beach, Duncan Peak, Tiffany Cruikshank, Nichol Walsh, Nikki Ralston, Noel Connoly, Noah Maze, Tara Judelle and many more.
Carla endeavors to create a safe space without judgment or criticism for her students to discover their own personal practice. She shares her uniquely flavoured approach to the practice with creative and considered sequencing, combined with her love of the emotive power of music, breath and flow. Infusing her teaching with philosophy, she encourages her students to explore the subtleties of the energetic body - That’s where the magic happens!!!
Marja has been teaching a deep, slow and strong style of Vinyasa & Yin Yoga for over 7 years.
Her warm, vibrant nature is mirrored in her classes which are a beautiful blend of dynamic sequencing, alignment, pranayama, meditation and Reiki assists (energy healing).
She believes that any challenge be it physical, mental or emotional has the ability to transform us into more powerful and peaceful beings.
Joao’s passion for arm balances and inverted poses has lead him to develop his own practice with slow movements, concentration and precision. Joao’s classes focus on Peak Pose sequencing, where, through progressive sequences, we prepare the body and mind to achieve those more challenging poses.
Joao has been a student and teacher of Yoga for over 11 years. His Yogic journey has taken him into Karma, Bhakti and Raja Yoga, focusing in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. Over the years Joao trained and learned from renowned Yoga teachers around Australia and the Globe; Michael “Laxmivan”, Duncan Peak, Simon Borg-Olivier, Simon Park, Idit Hefer Tamir, Maryanne Edwards and others.
Emily’s journey with yoga began many moons ago when she stumbled across her first vinyasa yoga class in Surry Hills, Sydney. Working long hours in the television industry and often sleepless at night with a "monkey" mind, she quickly found yoga gave her both strength and a peace of mind. Always an active person, aside from discovering the physical benefits of yoga, she also fell in love with the idea of sharing a practice with other like-minded people in a class.
Emily has trained under Duncan Peak, Elisha Young and most recently under Ari Levanael. Emily’s classes are playful and energetic. She encourages students to practice with an open mind and a sense of curiosity regardless of where they are with their downward dog.
Steph has a strong focus on mindful and joyful movement in her vinyasa flow and yin yoga classes. She started practicing yoga as a stressed-out student, and fell in love with the space yoga created in her mind.
Inspired by the way committing to a regular practice brought her strength and deeper awareness, she's completed 350 hours of vinyasa teacher training with InYoga and 100 hours of yin yoga teacher training with Melanie McLaughlin at The Yin Space.
Steph teaches corporate and studio classes, including people newer to yoga, and loves encouraging her students to fall back in love with movement, find stillness and nourish themselves through the practice. On and off the mat, Steph loves exploring how slowing down can help her find more space, attention and intention, and her classes will leave you feeling present, steady and refreshed.
Sam discovered yoga while living in Banff in 2008, spending lots of time snowboarding meant pretty tight hips, so she was initially drawn to the physical practice to compliment a very active lifestyle. A few years of steady practice, realizing that the benefits of yoga far surpassed just the physical realm, the yoga mat became a place to unravel self doubt, fear and to simply observe. Yoga has been and continues to be a catalyst for transformation and growth in all aspects of my life.
Initially training in Toronto, her first 200 TT was more for personal practice, but has since trained with Power Living, completing another 200 TT & Yin.
Expect a strong and nourishing practice leaving you feeling completely balanced in mind, body and soul.
Miranda has always been fascinated by the way her practice is shifting, delighted by what the mind, body and heart are offering moment to moment.
She is deeply passionate about the transformative experience of Yoga in all aspects of life, bringing us into greater intimacy and sweetness with the here and now.
Her approach to the mat is heart felt, playful, joyous and explorative! Expect dynamic classes fused with breathe and a little touch of tenderness.
Miranda is also a facilitator of Women’s Circles and is in constant awe of the magic and power of the collective feminine spirit.
Fanny, originally a singer-songwriter from Sweden, started her yoga journey to complement her other athletic endeavours, but got hooked on the amazing mental health benefits. Yoga allowed her to let go, journey inwards and connect with her most authentic self.
Fanny completed her yoga teacher training in 2018 and it changed her life. There is nothing she loves more than sharing yoga and connecting with the wonderful yoga community, both as a student and a teacher
Expect a vinyasa flow that will calm your mind and challenge your body. Fanny’s classes are always designed with clear anatomical cues to build safe and strong foundations, easily applicable yogic philosophy - and lots of smiles and fun along the way!
Laura's always been fascinated with the effect movement has on her state of being. She began a consistent Yoga practice five years ago; with a Yoga studio around the corner from her office, it was at first physical exercise and a way to get out of the office.
The physical aspect of Yoga was just the gateway. She quickly fell in love with all aspects of the practice and the sense of coming home it provides. What began as a lunch-time obsession has shifted her state of mind and started a lifelong journey.
Laura wants to share the magic of the practice with any willing practitioner. She hopes to help people find a little more balance, space and stillness. By linking breath with movement, she encourages students to find freedom, flow mindfully and experience the bliss of simply being.
Ex-actress from London, UK, Abi fell in love with Yoga due to the self-soothing and self-actualising elements of the practise while working as a gigging actress back in 2013. Initially seeking a 'fitness class' to keep her body supple and strong as well as searching for routine in amidst a hectic lifestyle, she soon realised that Yoga was doing much more for her than just keeping her fit. She realised through regular practise, that she wasn't only strengthening her body but also her mind and spirit. Feeling drawn to learning more, Abi completed her teacher training in 'Multi-style Yoga' at Green Yoga International in 2018 with further training in Yin Yoga (Suhka Muhka), Alignment Assisting and Anatomy (In Yoga) as well as Kids Yoga (Zenergy Yoga). She is thoroughly enjoying teaching Yoga & Meditation across Sydney's studios, schools, work places and homes. She looks forward to holding space for you to move, breathe and connect with a heightened sense of awareness through your own practise here at This Is Yoga. Off the mat, Abi enjoys time out of the city breathing in new sights, smells and sounds whether that be in the mountains, surrounded by vast landscapes or swimming in the ocean. She also finds deep fulfilment when: singing, playing ukulele, spending time with loved ones as well as getting on her bicycle for long and invigorating rides.
Find Abi at both our Clovelly and Randwick studios, where she will be delighted to guide you through a juicy Vinyasa,, a stabilising Basix or a nourishing Yin class.
Having moved to Australia in 2012, Ciara embarked on a journey to try and fill the gap a lifetime of horses had brought her. Eventually finding a type of yoga that resonated with her at her local studio, This is Yoga, Ciara was instantly hooked by the length and breath of what yoga could offer both physically and mentally and committed almost instantly to a daily practice.
Ciara believes that the yoga mat is a little window into our lives and that challenging ourselves on the mat prepares us for challenges off the mat too.
Expect a strong but grounded practice with a focus on safe alignment and a hands on approach to assisting, delivered in a light hearted way. "Challenge yourself, but try not to take yourself too seriously in the process!"