MELANIE SHAFER

Melanie is a teacher (and student) of yoga with an emphasis on exploring balance for the body and mind.

With 20 years of industry experience, including 9 years teaching, Melanie facilitates Flow, Slow Flow and Yin classes, as well as specialty workshops, retreats and teacher training. Frustrated with sports injuries, Melanie found balance and a sense of putting her body back together with yoga. Melanie is inspired by a variety of styles and teachers including Baron Baptiste, Duncan Peak, Jill Mille and Ido Portal and is working towards 500 hours of teacher training. She creates grounded, challenging and accessible classes, providing the opportunity to get out of your head, into your body and experience the power of movement and breath awareness.

CLAIRE FARRANCE

Claire initially started practising yoga in order to simply get fit.

Whilst the physical benefits came as expected, she was also pleasantly surprised when she started to notice subtle shifts in her behaviour... she found herself becoming less reactive, less judgmental of other people and herself and had a more positive outlook. The balance that yoga gives Claire, coupled with a desire to help others experience the same, has led her to teaching. She is passionate about sharing her love for this practice and it is her hope that students leave class feeling relaxed and re-energised. In a warm and light-hearted manner, Claire encourages her students to dive deep into their experience, exploring mindful movement, breath and sensation.

 

TIDA AROONWAOW

Tida is a yoga addict and founder of TidaHappyYogi.com.

She is a certified 500hr yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance as well as a certified Forrest Yoga teacher. Tida has trained with many great teachers over the years. Her style of teaching is mostly inspired by Ana Forrest and Shiva Rea. Tida combines Prana flow and Forrest Yoga to teach in her own unique style, with a strong focus on deep breathing as a tool to deeply connect to the body and the spirit. Tida’s classes are challenging, fun, safe and yet nurturing for both the body and mind. Tida’s healing hands on adjustments are divine and help students to feel comfortable and enjoy the practice.

KATIE HAIRE

Katie has been practicing yoga for the last nineteen years.

Having spent many years working in the events industry, yoga was a constant tool to act as a pressure valve to release the stresses of work life. Following a trip to India where she completed her teacher training, yoga finally became Katie’s primary vocation. Katie teaches flow, slow flow, yin and mums and bubs classes and has a fun and encouraging approach to teaching. Her style is very hands on, with a strong focus on alignment, and supporting students to move past their mental comfort zone and enjoy themselves. Her classes balance dynamic movement with stillness to create a balance for the body and mind.

 

COURTNEY LUFFMAN

Courtney happened across yoga by accident at a young age, when her contemporary dance teacher introduced her to it. Courtney was unsure what she was getting in to and assumed that yoga was just another way to cross train. Little did she know that yoga would become central to her life, with her soon discovering a truth, authenticity and beauty within the reflective quality of yoga.

Courtney is passionate about sharing her knowledge of yoga. She loves to immerse herself in creative movement and expression, offering space in her classes to soften, become present and explore. Using intuitive movement and breath within the practice, Courtney encourages students to find strength on and off the mat.

MEGAN GUEST

Megan started her yoga journey over 13 years ago, originally coming to yoga to help her physical form as a professional dancer. A feeling of oneness with others and the beginning of true self acceptance began. Megan studied her 200hrs yoga training under Idit Hefer at Sukha Mukha studios where she deepened her love and curiosity of Yoga. Megan’s classes focus on building an understanding of the human body through observation and acceptance, whilst simultaneously finding room for the spirit to reside within. In Megan’s classes, you will learn the importance of linking breath to every movement so that you eventually use your breath to move in to any asana (pose) unconsciously. Megan offers intuitive and safe hands on anatomical adjustments to ensure correct alignment and help yogis to move deeper in to their own practice. Megan’s classes will leave you feeling stretched, invigorated, self empowered and above all rested – as you’ve started to gradually peel away what no longer serves you so that you can be the best version of yourself.

CHRISTINE GOODMAN

Christine presents a range of sound based modalities to assist your personal journey to health & wellbeing. She is a qualified professional sound therapist, sound artist, workshop facilitator, kundalini yoga and meditation teacher and restorative relaxation specialist, bringing the very best of all paths to merge into a unique experience for you, whether in a group gong relaxation or individual therapeutic sound session, a rhythmic kundalini yoga set or a deep experience of mantra chanting in her regular moon meditation gatherings.
On a mission to spread creativity and joy to the world on waves of sublime sound.

Ange Jessup

Yoga has transformed Ange’s life. Her practice, which begun with a love affair of asana, has helped foster a deeper connection to the Self, and has ultimately served as a pathway for her own spiritual evolution through the embodiment of yogic principles in her everyday life.

Teaching dynamic vinyasa, flow and yin, Ange’s classes are fuelled by love and respect of the practice, intelligent sequencing and a deep desire to enhance the lives of her students through facilitating connection of body, mind and spirit.

Ange has been guided throughout her journey by some of the best teachers in the country, including Duncan Peak, Noelle Connolly and Sarah Owens, and her thirst for knowledge and passionate curiosity means she is continuingly sharing and educating students each time they come to the mat.

Kris Pooley

I found yoga first at the age of 15, dabbling in Kundalini. I remember very clearly how different my eyes looked and how grounded I felt. For the next 10 years, I didn’t even think about or practice yoga in any form.

It found me again after a good long stint of anxiety and depression in my mid 20’s and from that point I woke up. It didn’t heal me by any means, but I no longer identified with the mind. When I feel like I get lost in the mind stuff, I get on the mat and yoga always points me to my true north.

I love seeing my students step into their power, connect with their true selves and live from that space off the mat. I dive deep into traditional yoga philosophy and how we can apply it to our modern lives, awakening my students to finding their own practice.

I have a duty to teach, to empower and to awaken and I believe that the universe put me here for just that!

Marnie Palomares

For over a decade Marnie has been performing as a professional contemporary dancer with a dedicated yoga practice as her main accompaniment. She believes yoga is similar to dance in its syncing of breath, movement and creative flow. Yoga has been her medicine, helping her maintain a healthy lifestyle and sustain a long career.

Marnie is passionate about teaching and practicing a mindful sequential flow with a strong focus on alignment and full body awareness.

What Marnie loves about yoga is how your experience is different everyday. She loves that it encourages acceptance and humility by challenging you to observe and move your body in the present moment without judgement.

Marnie enjoys teaching because she is inspired by an individual’s journey and progression in their practice, and its potential to influence their life off the mat. She enjoys a space that brings people together to share breath, movement and positivity.

Kristen Nell

I first found my love for yoga in the midst of studying fashion in London 2013. Whilst experiencing the amazing and inspiring lifestyle abroad, I also found the power of anxiety and stress taking over me. My emotional/physical health was at a crucial point, as well as my nutrition/eating habits. Lacking self-esteem, self- love and hope, my life felt constantly clouded. With my mum being consistently caring and loving as she is - forced me to "step out of my comfort zone" and attend my first yoga class in a gym based in London. Little did I know, that class became the little seed in allowing me to follow a transformative path of positive health and healing.

In 2016, I decided to continue my yoga journey, and complete a 200 hour YTT and mentorship at Dancing Warrior Yoga in Sydney. In 2017, I went on to immerse myself in advanced teaching training at Laughing Lotus in New York City.

It continues to amaze me everyday the impact yoga has had on my life and the beauty and vibrancy it continues to offer. That being so, I aspire to shine the light and growth I have learnt onto others. My classes create an uplifting space where students can soothe their mind, and reconnect to their bodies and breath through a safe, creative and fun-filled experience.

Georgia Rose

Georgia is an ex professional dancer- her career as a ballet/contemporary dancer began when she was 16 taking he across Australia and the USA. Injuries ended her dance path but lead her to yoga - her life changed.

Starting her yoga practise in 2010, her passion is to carve out a career looking at how mind-body-spirit balance is able to allow all to operate at their optimum. Yoga is the compliment to her studies in Nutrition& Public Health.

Yoga began the healing process for her injuries and maintains her physical body (and more importantly her mind and spirit) today.
Yoga saved her spirit and is a practice she wishes to share with as many people as possible.

Georgia teaches yoga in its purest, simplest form & with intention. Flow style, Yin, Aerial, Pre+Post Natal are just a snippet of what she wishes to share.

Internationally certified with Yoga Alliance she continues her academic studies and is building her experience and knowledge with her passion to learn and share with all.

Valerie Anne

Valerie discovered yoga 7 years ago after her first hot, sweaty vinyasa class and she is still amazed at how yoga unites the body, mind and heart back into the present.

She loves working with the little ones because:
”Children are so naturally in the present, which is awesome because that means we were all born with that ability, so we can go back to that beautiful child heart ability to appreciate everything, we just need to learn how”

Valerie uses everything she was taught while studying yoga in India, mixed with her many years of experience working with children to create a safe and welcoming space for people to get back in touch with their inner child.

Emily Nicola

Emily's journey with yoga began as a way to recover from a number of sports injuries. Always an active person, she fell in love with yoga not only for the physical benefits but also for its ability to heal and transform. Emily loves how yoga has enabled her to gained a deeper connection and respect for her body through the physical practice, and helped her move past the resistances that life throws up. She truly believes that our bodies have amazing ways of healing themselves - we just have to listen. Emily's classes bring an alignment focus to the flow, encouraging students to strengthen their practice and open their bodies without injury and teaches students how yoga can benefit both on the mat and in their daily lives. For newer or more experienced students alike she works to make her classes both accessible and challenging and she ensures you'll leave feeling nurtured, restored and rejuvenated.

FLEUR HEAZLEWOOD

Fleur is an expert workplace wellbeing and resilience coach. Through her successful 20 year senior executive career, Fleur realised something was missing in many workplaces. Too often she had seen good people fall short of their potential, or worse – burn out. When it came to workplace wellbeing, most people didn’t know where to start. So Fleur founded the Blueberry Institute to help individuals, teams and workplaces reduce stress and create positivity, connection, energy and achievement. Fleur teaches Anahata elemental yoga – a unique, flowing and holistic style of hatha yoga designed to integrate mind, body and spirit. This form of yoga is a meditative flowing vinyasa practice that connects the breath, inner self and energy channels in the body.

ERIN STRAKER

Erin is incredibly energetic and passionate about health, happiness and especially movement.  A natural born teacher and role model who will inspire others to follow her lead. Coaching gymnastics in her yearly years quickly evolved into teaching Personal Development, Health and Physical Education within the school system from 2002 to present. 

In 2012, Erin question her own beliefs towards the health system, resulting in her quest for knowledge and connection between the mind, body and spirit; yoga and meditation became a large portion of that transformation. In 2013 she studied Kinesiology and natural modality of health, to which to which she is currently practicing.  Erin brings all her experiences and teachings into her kid’s yoga classes, offering an infusion of yoga, team building games, acrobatics, core strength, brain-gym, emotional stress release, colour and sound therapy plus the introduction to meditation and self-calming.

FRANK BARAN

Frank became the owner of Urban Soul Raw in January 2017 after an extensive career as an addictions counsellor. 

Frank is a job whisperer in many communities throughout Australia. Having developed health issues due to unhealthy eating and an inactive lifestyle, Frank found a dramatic new direction and immersed himself in the world of yoga, meditation and a plant based diet. Frank now lives pain free and looks forward to everyday. Frank’s vision for Urban Soul is to provide a holistic and relaxed wellness space that supports the community through the practice of yoga and associated healthy concepts. Frank is always up for a friendly chat at the beginning or end of class and loves community ideas and feedback on the studio.