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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In addition to 350 hours of teacher training with Dancing Warrior, Kiera has training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yoga for Mental Health, and is a qualified Meditation and Yoga Nidra teacher. Kiera’s classes are designed to be flowing and empowering with a focus on mindfulness and connecting with your true self. Her intention with her teaching is to create a space to allow students to become more in tune with their own bodies and listen to that internal wisdom both on and off the mat.

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.

Jenna

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.

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.

Victoria Marriott

Victoria teaches a steady Hatha flow, bringing balance and harmony to the body by connecting movement back to breath. A typical class requires students to hold each yoga posture for longer, to engage with their bodies on a deeper energetic level.

Victoria first discovered the benefits of yoga whilst leading a very busy life in New York City 10+ years ago. Her yoga journey has since taken her to many parts of the world, including India, Spain, Canada and Hawaii, where she has taken part in retreats and workshops. She has immersed herself into various styles of yoga, including Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini and Naam.

It was here in Australia that Victoria formalised her yoga training and qualified for her 200-hour teacher training certificate in July 2017.

Victoria brings a beautiful warm energy to each of her classes, ensuring all her students feel welcome and are comfortable within their practice.

Andrew Wong

Andrew is a certified 200 hour yoga teacher in Vinyasa. He has also completed an additional 200 hours of study in alignment and assists, meditation and yoga philosophy.

Andrew first discovered yoga while living in Singapore. Yoga was an incredible counter balance to his training in Muay Thai and to offset the stresses of corporate life. Andrew completed his teacher training in Sydney to deepen his practice and to be able to share the benefits of yoga with others. His classes emphasise a connection with breathing above all. He is passionate about assisting and deepening the practice of his students with correct alignment and physical assists.

Andrew teaches part-time and assists weekly in large, advanced classes. His favourite pose is Triangle and he can usually be found with his mat close to an open window. Students can expect chilled but challenging classes,peppered with traditional yoga themes and philosophy and most importantly, a sense of humour.

Chelsey Gunning

"I first began to practice yoga in 2015, as part of a fitness program. I had previously been ill and overweight for a number of years. While I was off to a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed the way this practice felt in my body. A few months in I began to recognise the impact it had begun to have on my mind too. I was no longer anxious! I felt calmer and more content.

After this realisation I was hungry to find out more about the history and philosophy behind this beautiful and ancient system. I knew at the end of my studies I couldn't wait to teach and share what I had learnt!

I know that attending yoga classes can be intimidating for many but I strive to ensure students feel welcome and comfortable. I give variations for poses so that everyone is being challenged at their own level. My classes are very breath focused in order to cultivate a stronger connection between the mind and body."

Tara Maree

Tara's intention for teaching is always clear and comes from a place of complete sincerity. She uses all of her available energy to guide her students on their path of self discovery. She brings together the importance of movement, meditation and breath and draw parallels between the yoga world and methods she has learnt through extensive therapy. She combines the skills she has learnt through her path of wellness with the ancient teaching of the east.

Her movement knowledge has been built up over ten years with her dedicated martial arts training.  With the combination of all of these worlds of thought, she hopes to offer her community a tool kit to guide them through their ongoing personal exploration.

Michele Marquet

Yoga has been an influential part of my life both on and off the mat since 2009. Teaching allows me to share my passion of mind body connection, helping set up space in others lives to reconnect, nourish and restore.

Influenced by a variety of modern Vinyasa forms, I lead classes with emphasis on alignment, strength and breath.

I encourage students to listen to their body and let that guide them through the practice, to take each movement mindfully and surrender to the stillness. This allows each individual to tune into their true teacher which is inside themselves.

Mel Manuel

Melanie first discovered the healing powers of yoga in 2012 while living in Jakarta, Indonesia. Trying to find an escape from the chaos of a big city, she stumbled across her first yoga class in the tranquil home of her first yoga teacher, Dini Maharani. Melanie discovered a positive way to move her body and calm her mind. From then on she was hooked, and she brought her yoga practice back home to Sydney.

Melanie qualified for her 200 hour certificate in June 2018 and is currently training for her advanced certification.

Melanie loves the multi-dimensional aspects of yoga and the way it can heal, restore and re-energise - both mentally and physically. She is excited to share her love and passion for yoga with others.

Lucinda Vale

After working in the corporate world as a lawyer, Lucinda discovered the power and benefits of yoga as a way to deal with the stress and effects of the job. After travelling to Costa Rica and completing training in Raja Yoga, Lucinda aligned her true passion in sharing yoga.

Lucinda's classes place an emphasis on breathing and meditation to train the mind and work towards quieting the mind of all the modifications and fluctuations of the outside world.

Combining soul music with smooth asana transitions to invigorate the body - Lucinda encourages those to come to practice with an intention and awareness towards the cessation of the minds constant ramblings with a goal to not eliminate the challenges that are a natural part of life but rather to ride those ups and downs with ease

Ruth Hessey

Ruth was originally taught yoga by her mother, and after many detours finally trained in teaching Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative after becoming serious about yoga about seven years ago. A regular ocean swimmer, she brings that rhythm to her classes wherever she teaches. She is also exploring the power of sound healing and usually brings her heart drum, which sounds like a cross between a Tibetan Bowl and a Hang Drum to class. A writer filmmaker and and environmentalist off the mat, Ruth is thrilled to be joining the Urban Soul crew having enjoyed the excellent Feldenkrais and Vinyasa classes at the studio.

Katy Johnstone

A playful explorer with a glass half-full, Katy sees beauty in the world around her and gratefully expresses this through her practice of yoga.
With the heart of a hippie and a degree in Exercise Science, Katy’s curiosity for wellbeing found purpose in 2014 when she began to study yoga. Since that first ‘ah-ha!’ moment on the mat, she has passionately been sharing these powerful physical, mental and spiritual teachings.

Her classes are a delicate fusion of strength and stillness - with the sole intention of leaving you embodied and whole.  She sees the asana practice as a gateway to presence, encouraging you to slow down the breath and discover space between the thoughts.

Katy is a proud Lululemon ambassador and has trained with international teachers Janet Stone, Nicole Walsh, Rod Galbraith and Jennifer Raye, and finds inspiration within the teachings of Rod Stryker, Tara Judelle and Shiva Rae.

Jasmine Leo

Jasmine's teaching style is nourishing and restorative. She takes pride in being able to offer real alternate asanas that will suit every body. In her classes, no one is left behind. As a teacher who works with her own injuries, she understands how delicate yet incredible human bodies are. She teaches with compassion and encourages the notion of ahimsa to all her students. Jasmine enjoys learning through her own practice and from her inspiring teachers. She loves music and ensures all her classes have a funky soundtrack that compliments the practice. Additionally, she enjoys seeing her students smile and embody the playfulness of Yoga.

Bailey Larson

Hi, I’m Bailey. I studied with Mathew Bergan at Dancing Warrior Yoga in St Peters. As a yogi and teacher, Truthfulness comes before anything else. To me, Truthfulness translates as listening to ourselves and others and acting on that knowledge thoughtfully. When I teach yoga, this might look like me encouraging a student to avoid poses that may cause them damage, just as well as me admitting that I don’t have all the answers. Through this honesty, we can all enjoy the benefits of a practice that is best suited to our own individual needs and find a path that works best for us. Excited to see you embody and enjoy your own personal truth on the mat!

Cherie Shanks

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 20 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. I have lived a full active life which has included living and working in England, America, Switzerland and Greece.  I have sustained a few injuries along my travels and Yoga has assisted in my healing processes and from this I bring an awareness and empathy to my classes when leading others though a class who are managing injury.

I completed my Level 1 and Level 2 Yoga training and my 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training Certificate IV Yoga Teacher training with Bryon Yoga Centre.  I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers at Byron Yoga Centre have shared with me.

In my classes, I love to combine a spirit of playfulness and a dose of challenge and inspiration to help you deepen YOUR practice and find your Asana (comfortable seat) in postures.  Having managed many injuries through Yoga my classes are slow paced with concentration on breath, slower flows and with longer holds to promote real connection to your body and how it sits in each posture.  This is guided by the Yama and Niyama of Ahimsa (nonviolence).   I seek to help others thrive in live by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Geraldine Lock

Being a mum and working full time in a corporate role, I understand what it is like to live a little chaotically and how important a yoga routine is for all of us who seem to be living in a constant state of busyness.

I believe Yoga benefits go beyond physical wellness, it’s having an impact on how we balance our emotions, how we behave with others, and how we accept ourselves without judgement.

My classes are slow paced, infused with creative movement, music, a dash of philosophy, in the hope that students enjoy their time on the mat, feel connected to their practice, and get inspired to continue.

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.