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.

Caterina Quilla

Teaching yoga since 2008. Cat found yoga relieved her stressful, creative architectural mind that led to a more positive mindset. Yoga healed her spinal disc herniation, feeling like a miracle. Studying and practicing yogic chakra philosophies from her travels to Peru, Mexico, New York, Europe and India, highlighted the critical need to care for mother earth and all beings.

Cat’s vinyasa classes are dynamic, includes spiritual teachings, chanting, uplifting music, pranayama, hands-on assists and meditation. Teaching yin to dynamic, beginners to advanced, privates, retreats, workshops, kirtans and sound healings at art exhibitions. Cat’s purpose is to find a path to yoga that suits the needs and lifestyle of many.

Cat is grateful for all her teacher’s teachings from Jivamukti (Sharon Gannon, David Life), especially ‘love is the cure to everything’.

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.

James Ward-Collins

James is a 25 year old male Yogi. He found a calling to holistic practices at a young age of 20 and has spent the last 5 years developing his practices in:

- Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga, and Power Vinyasa)
- Qi Gong
- Fire Dancing/Performing

He has found that all of these practices actually link very strongly together based on the use of; breath, movement and thought to help stimulate Chi or Prana flow in the body :)

His passion lies in helping others find and develop their own practice in his classes so that they are able to find their own flow!
Flowstate is where time ceases to be, and one becomes present!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Luisa Garces - Massage Therapist

Luisa found her biggest interest in human condition and behaviour. Never completely happy with the academic perspective, she began to look for something more meaningful and real. She came to Australia in 2016 with the intention to challenge herself and have inspired time of solitude.

Through meditation, she discovered something really special inside her, an untouchable place where she could feel rescued and all her problems disappeared. She recognised the possibility to help others to reach this same place through touch and the innate healing power of hands. She is currently studying Massage Therapy in Sydney. Her remedial massages are based on love and a deep desire to help to sooth others. She is inspired by nature, singing and dancing.

Prices:

Remedial Massage / Shiatsu massage / Aromatherapy
60mins - $70
120 mins - $110

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.