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.

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.

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.

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.

JO PARKER

Jo has been teaching adults for over 15 years, as an Executive Coach, Facilitator and now as a Yoga teacher. Her passion is helping people find their truth and unlock their potential.

While leading large-scale transformations, Jo has developed a reputation for staying calm and focused under pressure – a skill she credits to her yoga practice. Her practice has taught her how to stay grounded, focused and true to herself in times of stress. And she is passionately helping others learn to do the same.

As a Yoga teacher Jo brings a light-hearted approach to her classes blending asanas and pranayama with a playful curiosity. Her classes will help you uncover your strengths and reconnect your body, mind and spirit, and discover ways to bring more ease and fun into your life.

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.

Leah Brenchley

Using her anatomical knowledge to guide you into asana with strength and flow, her holistic approach integrates, pranayama, (breathwork), music, and meditation so you can surrender and let go of physical and mental tension, to also recognise and appreciate your own physical being, and embody your complete practise.

Her classes are sensitive, dynamic, with added juicy hands on assists to help you melt deeper into your practise, and above all safe, fluid, and fun.

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.