Jennifer first got into Yoga when she was really injured from running long distance. When she first started she couldn't touch her toes and found it really hard, physically and mentally. She very quickly upt her visits to the yoga studio in Hong Kong from 2 to going every day and yoga soon became her obsession. Coming from a corporate banking background, it blew her world apart teaching her put the breaks on the striving and to connect to what we already have and who we already are. Now it is her life's work to teach this with tremendous curiosity and interest and to help students recognize their capacity to relax with the clarity, the space, the open-ended awareness that already exists in their minds. Jen has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has trained in many different styles ranging from Anusara to Vinyasa Flow. With Jennifer's passion being health and fitness, she wanted to expand her understanding and knowledge of human movement and moved into studying pilates and pilates reformer.
I was first introduced to the benefits of body movement and Yoga in my late teens through dance classes, though did not strongly invest myself in it until 2008; it was when I desperately needed ‘something’ to balance the pace and intensity of my corporate life as a head-hunter. Keen to share my passion for yoga with others, I completed my 200-hour Teacher Training and Backcare Therapy Certification with Dr Venky Shivshakti Yoga in Singapore, Yoga Therapy Certification with Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India and Pre/Post-Natal Certification with Bliss Baby, Australia. Born and raised in Singapore, I have been teaching since 2014 and my style of yoga is a blend of postural alignment, extended hold of poses and fun, flowing transitions. My classes are light-hearted with realistic approach, so expect to move with chuckles through the many Chaturangas I’ll put you through! Through the process of having my son, my desire to apply Yoga for women going through pregnancy strengthened and is now one focus I have in practice and teaching. I believe the path of Yoga is fun and exploratory, where a thrill and pleasure is experienced when your purpose is reached in practice! Ultimately, the aim of yoga should make you happy and healthy - on and off the mat!
My Yogic path began at the intersection of many rocky roads that led to more “self” more “identity” more “ self fulfilment” .Yoga was the humble road that illuminated to me a chance to be whole not merely full. Before Yoga I fervently pursued a career in American Football, Music and Art. I have a passion for travel, communication, history, psychology and pop culture. The one constant in all my endeavours and interests however, has been people, and Yoga to me is “community”, “love” and above all “compassion”, all of which I see on the mat everyday when I teach, carved out and delineated by the beautiful shapes we call ‘Asanas”.
In Fernando’s mid twenties, he started yoga to gain flexibility. He needed to contort his body while climbing rock walls. He later moved into mountain biking and the yoga stayed as a complement. Same thing happened when he took sea kayaking more seriously. He changed countries, cities and teachers but yoga remained as a companion of his main sporting activity. By 2013 he was practicing every day and eventually developed his own practice which he tries to maintain daily. During his journey he tried several styles of hatha from very powerful to very restorative. After breaking his neck in a bicycle accident in his late twenties yoga helped his to recover his former fitness. In 2016 he spent 5 weeks in hospital with pneumonia and several infections, after that he rediscovered the healing and restorative power of yoga, specially pranayama and meditation. He decided to transform his passion about yoga and start helping others on this path almost by 'accident'. He now teaches mainly private classes around Sydney, where he lives. He is fully certified with the Yoga Alliance at an RYT200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200hours). Yoga Alliance leads the yoga community in order to set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga.
Qualified in mat, reformer and studio Pilates and several styles of barre, Ruth came to Pilates from her training as a gymnast and dancer throughout her life. She began working as a fitness instructor in the uk around 12 years ago and started teaching mat classes and using Pilates to help pt clients improve movement patterns and postural alignment after injury as this was the area of fitness that she loved working in. It is still the thing that makes her love teaching. The constant opportunity to learn about the way people move their bodies and how to make that movement efficient, supported and freeing.
London born yogi and founder of Yoga on my Mind, Emma Constance has spent time teaching yoga in Sydney, Hong Kong and Adelaide. Emma is a provisionally registered psychologist and researches the psychological benefits of mindfulness and yoga at Macquarie University. She is passionate about combining her scientific knowledge of mental health and practical knowledge of yoga to create powerful physical and psychological experiences on the mat. Emma believes in strong alignment to maximise the benefits of each pose combined with a gentle attitude to foster yoga practices that nourish and soothe both body and mind.
Born and raised in Brazil, I first discovered yoga in my hometown, 14 years ago. At first, I was looking to start yoga just to complement my gym training but when I got there, it was love at first sight! Going to classes made me feel peaceful and deeply connected with my body. During my Yoga journey, I have practice with different schools, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Yin, Swástya and Calligraphy. Having the opportunity to learn from a great variety of teachers, gave me the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the body, the philosophy and how they both meet beautifully together. I’ve completed my 200h Yoga teacher training in Pachamama, Costa Rica and today my practice is Vinyasa Flow infused with a little Latin American spice.
Ali has a very diverse background in the health and fitness industry with 10 years experience as a personal trainer, dance instructor, and Massage Therapy. Her interest lies very much in achieving the best most holistic and authentic version of ourselves. She first discovered yoga to ease the stress of her busy physical and high-energy demanding life. What started as a mental release quickly changed her life for good and while backpacking around South America, she completed her teacher training and returned to Australia to start her new journey as a teacher. Ali believes that every time we step on our yoga mat it is our own opportunity to play, to explore, to be curious, to be free, to be creative, to heal, to connect and to be open to unlimited possibilities. Watching her students moving, breathing and diving into their potential is what feeds and inspires her. Her classes can be strong and challenge (in a good way) and also be nurturing and full of love!
Jo has always been interested in health and wellbeing. She has enjoyed many forms of exercise and felt strong and fit. This changed following her second pregnancy that resulted in twins; she found it very difficult to return to her former self and struggled with poor core and lower back pain. Her family moved to Australia and she started practicing Pilates at a Studio in Newcastle. Her instructor was inspirational and not only helped Jo but others with diverse abilities: gymnasts, golfers, elderly, some with chronic illnesses such as M.S. and others who just wanted general fitness. The fact that this type of exercise could be used by young and old, fit and unfit and those with health problems was fascinating! Jo was hooked and decided to become an Instructor herself. She studied at Polestar Pilates Australia and completed Studio and Mat Courses and received a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction. She has been teaching for the last 10 years and believes that Pilates is an amazing tool to keep the muscles balanced, the joints moving to their full capacity and the core strong to maintain great posture. Basically Pilates complements other exercise forms: rugby, golf, swimming, running ect plus providing a wonderful shape and strength.
Jen's yoga journey started in 2007 where she was physically weak and going through a difficult time. Not only the practice changed her life, it became her way of life. Jen's love for yoga brought her to complete 200 hours Teacher Training at Power Living under the guidance of Duncan Peak, Kenan Crisp and Adam Whiting. Her enquiry continued on immersions and training in Hatha, Smartflow, Ashtanga, Yin yoga and Forrest Yoga styles with brought more strength, skilfulness, and mindfulness into her practice and teaching. Jen's classes are fluid, flowing and meditative. Through her creative sequencing, Jen encourages students to practice with great body awareness, a curious mind, and an open heart.
Jessica began her yogic path in 2003, seeking to find calm when stresses began to build. She has practiced Hatha, Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa and Yin whilst regularly attended workshops with Patrick Beach, Misan Sidbo and Eoin Finn to deepen her understanding of both the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training in 2016 under the guidance of Duncan Peak and Keenan Crisp at Power Living, Manly. Jessica also has a Level 1 IYTA Pre and Postnatal Yoga Certificate through Qi Yoga, Manly. She is currently working towards her 500-hour Teacher Training at Hom Yoga Training Academy in Darlinghurst. Jessica is passionate about sharing her love of yoga and teaches with an authentic and fun approach. She has been practicing yoga for over 13 years and is extremely dedicated to creating a nurturing environment for her students, so to support inward focus and exploration of the body, mind and spirit for yogis of all levels. Jessica's goal as a yoga instructor is to create a safe and dynamic environment in which students can explore poses and access appropriate modification. Her main priority is proper alignment and providing adjustments suited to the individual. She strongly believes that ancient yogic principles are still relevant in today’s fast paced modern world. A regular yoga practice leads to both a healthy body and mind.
Very early in my life I knew, that the healing path, was the right path for me to be on. I have been working as a registered nurse in Germany until I came to Australia in 1998. Here my yoga journey began. After practicing for many years and having my two beautiful children, I finally was able to make time to study -yogic lifestyle- at the “Satyananda Yoga” ashram in Mangrove Mountain and completing my 3-year training with a teaching diploma. Later I trained in Vinyasa Flow with Twee Merrigan and I completed my kid’s yoga teacher training, with Rainbow Yoga. However, my passion always brought me back to “Santayana Yoga” which is Hatha based. Here we incorporate asana (postures), pranayama, (breath and energy) mediation, (controlling the mind through awareness) and relaxation. Staying on my healing path, I also qualified as an ayurvedic lifestyle counsellor and as a yoga therapist. For me, yoga is a lifestyle and what we are learning on the mat will support us in everyday life.
Christel is a certified Mat & Reformer STOTT PILATES instructor. Her love for Pilates started in 2008. She was impressed by the fact that you can take the STOTT PILATES principles and apply it to everyday life as well as various sporting activities to eliminate injuries and get a better workout. A year later she decided on a career change and focussed on becoming a certified instructor. Wanting to share her knowledge and passion, she started teaching in 2011. She is currently working towards completing her full certification to include Chair, Barrels and Cadillac work.
Emma Corbett is a former Australian Champion pole dancer, aerialist, acrobat and finalist on Australia's Got Talent. She has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and has completed teacher training in Purna Yoga (Byron Yoga Centre, Byron Bay), Rocket Yoga (Yoga ah, Ohio), Yin Yoga (Essence of Living Academy, Gold Coast) and Yoga Nidra (Sukawati Yoga School, Bali). She has completed two Vipassana Meditation courses and is a facilitator with Mindfulness Works Australia. She has presented at the Byron Yoga Festival, IDEA in LA, Leisure Industry Week in Birmingham and Filex in Sydney and is now running her own yoga retreats entitled 'The Heart of Yoga' with retreats in India and Australia in 2018 - www.yoga-retreat.se
Katrina trained with Power Living and aims for all students is to leave my class with a fresh perspective, energised and refreshed and ready for whatever comes next. She would like my class to be a haven where they can just BE, however she also like to challenge them on a physical and mental level. I hope to facilitate a deeper self-awareness, which supports them in everyday life.
Jenna has practiced yoga for over 5 years in various studios across Sydney, drawing inspiration, energy and passion from different styles and teachers. Her daily personal practice consists of either Mysore Ashtanga, Hatha Vinyasa or Yin Yoga and is inspired by other yoga and fitness disciplines – Ashtanga, Iyengar, Pilates and interval training. In her own practice she aims to balance both yin and yang energy, building strength and flexibility, heat and cooling. She loves to chat, laugh and enjoy life. Jenna has a deep passion for fitness, wellbeing, mindfulness, nutrition and Ayurveda and attempts to integrate these principles into her lifestyle and teaching. Jenna completed her teacher training at Sukha Mukha Yoga in Bronte, and has since completed a further studies with InYoga and is affluent is teaching both Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga.
Natalia has been teaching since 2008. She was drawn to pilates after suffering from injuries from being a professional gymnast. It was her saving grace. It helped her develop incredible core strength, stabilize her pelvis and build spinal back strength. Natalia is Stott Pilates Certified and also qualified to treat Diastasis Recti Recovery. Natalia is passionate about Pilates and her personal experience has driven her towards helping others achieve strong healthy bodies for life.