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.

 

Rua Hvitulv

From a history as a teacher of sciences, to a journalist writing about the Mafia in the heated Neapolitan metropolis, to a multi-disciplinary artist fiddling with print and the web, Rua has changed lives a few times over. The only thing that​ has been​stick​ing​​ throughout​is her passion for learning​,​and sharing mindful experiences rather than just knowledge - and that’s how today she is a dedicated meditation facilitator, a stretch therapist and a multi-style yoga instructor.

​She is striving​ to teach - or perhaps even better, facilitate yoga, and movement - the way​ she would have always wanted to be taught. ​Her long-term goal is to gather around ​her a new generation of practitioners who think of yoga​​and all its​ ​offshoots critically, not superstitiously, who aspire to work healthily and live mindfully; to offer a resource for those who want to approach it from a different angle; to offer a space for those who have tried and failed to get into it many times before, to try once more.

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.

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.

Sandra Granberg

I am a teacher and student of yoga from Sweden.

The goal of my yoga classes is to empower people to feel better about themselves and in their bodies. I like to guide people gently with simple, accessible but physically challenging movements because I believe that movement and using our bodies is a great way to feel strong and empowered, extending our capacity.

The style of yoga I love to facilitate is a mix of fluid movements where we explore the continuum of flow, with passages of long and deep holds. It is an exploration of how by being in movement as well as in stillness can facilitate moment-to-moment presence, flow, and fully arrive in our body and mind.

I love that the practice of yoga relentlessly invites you into the deepest sense of yourself.

Amongst many other incredible teachers I have had the fortune to study with Tara Judelle and the school of Embodied flow and I am highly inspired by her teachings.

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.

Kiera Treloar

Kiera fell in love with yoga from the very first class she attended in 2010. A former dancer, she has always loved movement as a form of expression, and loves the deeper understanding and mindfulness that yoga brings. As a child and teen who suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, Kiera is passionate about the many benefits of yoga and meditation to calm the mind and about helping people cope with stress and anxiety through the practice.

She took the leap into teacher training in 2017, embarking on a 5 month journey to train for her 200 hour certificate at Dancing Warrior Yoga, and is continuing to train towards for her 150 hours advanced teacher certificate throughout 2018. Kiera is a dynamic and empowering yoga teacher, leading flowing hatha vinyasa classes with a focus on mindfulness and connection to the self.

Justyna Konopka

Justyna recently finished her RYT 500 Hatha Yoga training in Rishikesh, India. She has over 10 years experience in the corporate world but decided to change her career path, be more of use and try to focus her energy on helping those who really need it. She learnt through her course and personal research that Yoga is the key to shifting the way we perceive the world and ourselves in it.  All techniques may it be Kriya, Pranayama, Asana or Dhyana are essential for bringing us to NOW –  the present moment and hopefully stop the vrtti of citta that prevent us from achieving our full potential.  Her intention is to combine Yoga Darshan, Asana and Pranayama into one coherent class to share the knowledge, heal, learn and bring us a little bit closer to our True Selves.

Lena Zolkos

Lena is a yoga teacher (Level II / RYT 500 hours), qualified in Australia and Canada. She has been teaching yoga since 2010, specializing in the dynamic and slow flow in the hatha tradition. Her classes emphasize the correct anatomy of poses, building somatic intelligence and awareness through deliberate movement and breath-work, and the depth of experience of the poses at the muscular, skeletal and organ levels.

Lena first encountered yoga during her overseas doctoral studies in philosophy, and while at first her motivation for the practice was solely to increase bodily fitness and mobility, she has since explored the connections between yoga’s holistic ethos of somatic centeredness and her theoretical work in philosophy, phenomenology and psychoanalysis. She strongly believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of their level of physical fitness and ability, and she seeks to promote an attitude of self-awareness and empathy among her students, as well as the sheer enjoyment that comes from our ability to move—and to be still.

Tam Nguyen

Initially introduced to yoga by my his wife in 2012, Tam has since been practicing on a regular basis and enjoys the self-awareness that it cultivates both on and off the mat. Yoga is a transformational journey that occurs on a daily basis. 

Tam decided to become a teacher to deepen his own passion for yoga and to share the benefits that it has to offer through inspiring and guiding others. His objective for every class is to teach safely whilst keeping students aware and engaged with their body, breath, and mind. 

"I'm aware that everybody is different and cater as much as I can to teach to the individual as well as the whole class". 

Students can expect strong, smooth, & well balanced classes which incorporate dynamic, playful, & purposeful sequences.

Melanie Palomares

Melanie Palomares is an independent Dancer/Performer, Secondary Dance teacher and Yoga instructor. She was first introduced to yoga almost a decade ago and, whilst it was initially to condition the body for dance, it very quickly became a holistic approach to life and wellbeing.

Trained in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Prenatal/Postnatal and Yin Yoga styles, Melanie’s interest lies in sequential flow and the sensitive somatic experience. Her classes are dynamic but with a steady progression, providing the space for individuals to work at their own pace and level.

An integral aspect of Melanie’s teaching style, is to create a calm and grounding space for students to become more attuned to their body; to reignite the mind-body connection that is so often lost in our busy everyday lives, by connecting through harmonious breath and movement.

Liza Siuskova

Liza’s path of yoga started with the traditional hatha yoga classes and lectures about yoga philosophy back in 2005 in her home country - Latvia. These yoga practices had brought sense into her life. They gave Liza an understanding and guidance towards finding her inner self, and what was really life changing is the knowledge that everything in our outer world is the reflection of our inner world. She could not see her life without yoga since then.

Liza is passionate about languages and cultures, and has an experience teaching yoga in China, India , Bali and Australia. Her classes are the combination of creative sequencing, positivity and calmness. She always gives students space to connect with their bodies and explore their inner self which she believes is so necessary in our busy modern world. It is the sense of inner peace and balance, the stillness within and so many more benefits that yoga had given Liza and she felt the calling to share with others.

Maddy Finn

Maddy is an enthusiastic and dedicated yoga teacher. Her favourite thing about yoga is its transformative power - its ability to shift your mood and energy levels, and challenge your beliefs about what is possible in your own body and, by extension, your life. She believes yoga is for every person and every body type.

Having experienced the changes in her own life through having a regular yoga practice, Maddy hopes to share the wisdom and joy of yoga with others through her classes.

Maddy completed her 200hr teacher training at Dancing Warrior in 2017 and is continuing her education at the school with the Advanced Teacher Training program.

Jenna Cameron

Hi my name is Jenna, my approach with teaching asana is the same approach I take with my health & wellness clients; respecting bio-individuality while engaging in functional movement that supports us day to day.

My 14 year love affair with yoga began when I was able to develop a new relationship with my mind & body with less judgment of the outcome. As my curiosity grew so did my desire to learn all aspects of the ancient yoga system such as pranayama, meditation & Ayurveda. Seeing how it can be used in modern times has now become my passion and joy to share with others. With 1200 hours of teacher trainings under my belt I still am a student and students are my teachers.

Come and join me for a breath centered practice that explores your own body’s movement and encourages safety, awareness and wellbeing.

Shivani Jeyendren

Shivani's journey into yoga started at university when she stumbled across a yoga studio with no knowledge of what yoga was or what to expect. That first moment on the mat introduced her to a whole new world of movement and the beginning of the journey to explore and discover the layers of who we are. Currently she teaches vinyasana, hatha and yin in studios around Sydney. Her classes invite students to come home to themselves.

Ross Lipschitz

I have practiced meditation and mindfulness for most of my life. My first encounter was at the age of eight, when my parents took me to a guided visualisation at an esoteric school, in Johannesburg, South Africa. I remember being inside an acorn, feeling the soft hug of the Earth who recognised the vast tree that my little acorn would become. As a lifelong tree climber and nature lover that was the perfect introduction to get me hooked.

My curiosity about human potential and the power of mind over matter has led me to obtain a Bachelor of Psychology Honours Degree and become a registered hypnotherapist. I have worked in private practice for eight years; conducting hypnotherapy and counselling work and facilitating mindfulness, self-hypnosis, Qi Gong and Enneagram workshops, in South Africa, Botswana and Thailand. I have also conducted corporate wellness and stress resilience trainings.

I have trained in and practiced Kung Fu, Taoist Qi Gong, Transcendental Meditation, Vipassana Meditation and various healing modalities, all of which I draw on in my Deep Relaxation Therapy classes.

One simple message that I would like to impart through these classes is that profound healing occurs when we let go and relax deeply, even more so when we generate self-compassion. Conversely, the daily stress that presses on our minds generates physical tension that gradually weakens our spirit and body. So, gifting ourselves a few precious moments of gentle, quiet introspection each day is a powerful practice that contributes to optimal health and longevity.

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.

Shona Lee

Shona's first experience of Feldenkrais left a powerful impression on her. Moving in ways she had never imagined before was thoroughly engaging and afterwards she felt tall, free and dynamic. Working as a massage therapist since 2010, Shona started her Feldenkrais practitioner training in 2014 and has been teaching Awareness Through Movement since 2016.

Life lessons from Feldenkrais:

- the importance of rest and listening to your body

- looking for the simplest way - not making things harder than they need to be!

- you don't have to be good at something the first time you try it!

Shona loves enabling people to experience themselves in a whole new way - feeling lighter and freer than they imagined was possible.

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.