TEACHERS

LEAH: ASHTANGA, HATHA, VINYASA, PRE-NATAL

Leah is the Collective studio owner and teacher. She is a passionate yogi, human rights activist and storyteller, dedicated to strengthening human connection both on and off the mat. She is an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher and eternal student to the practice who has shared her love of yoga with men, women and children in London and Australia, as well as with marginalised communities including refugee women and the elderly. She found her spot on the mat more than 10 years ago, drawn in by the holistic linking of the mind, body and soul and has been mentored by Mardi Bell (former owner of the Collective), as well as Joy Kunkanit from Thailand and Ricardo Martin from Venezuela who are trained in Ashtanga and Rocket yoga.

During Leah’s classes, she teaches from the Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha traditions (catered for all experience levels), guiding you through the movement of the postures, linking the breath, the drishti (point of gaze) and the body’s bandhas (energy locks). Combining a dynamic flow of movement with relaxation, you will learn to better understand who you are and how you connect with the world.

Her storytelling social enterprise Freethinker Co. is a collaborative partner of the Collective, offering workshops and events on how to strengthen human connection for the greater social good off the mat at the studio. See our events page.

MARDI: ASHTANGA & PRE-NATAL

Mardi gained her teacher accreditation in 1992 and has continued her studies in different Yoga traditions both in Australia and Internationally with Yoga Masters: Simone Borg-Oliver Australia (Anatomy & Physiology). Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois Mysor India (Ashtanga). Clive Sheridan India (Hatha). Rodney Yea Australia (Iyengar). Shandor Remit Australia (Iyengar). Donna Farhi New Zealand (Vinyasa). David Life New York (Jivamukti). Manjui Jois Bali (Ashtanga) David Swenson India (Ashtanga). Twee Meridan Australia (Flow Yoga), Shiva Rea Bali (Flow Yoga).

Mardi has taught both nationally and internationally, gaining her teaching experience in both Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditions in New Zealand, Bali, Nepal, India and Bhutan.

On the first Saturday of each month, Mardi leads a 3 hour Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Practice in the tradition of her teacher, Pattabhi Jois. Mardi  also teaches a 6 week Pre-Natal Course, and Holistic Birth Preparation Workshops, sharing her experience of yoga as an aid to pregnancy and the birthing journey. Her intention is to support woman to embrace their unique experience, prepare themselves physically, mentally and emotionally, and to ultimately embrace the courage to birth their family.

NANA: SHANTI

Nana discovered Yoga in 1999 when she joined a Hatha class in Sydney. She was challenged beyond her expectations and stuck with Yoga ever since. She practiced Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga for several years in Australia as well as in Europe. 

In August 2014, Nana became a certified Yoga Teacher with Yandara Yoga. In May 2015, she trained at Byron Yoga to attain her level 2 teacher training. Her teaching experience has been with beginner groups and individuals, teaching introductory and gentle yoga. She has also enjoys teaching people with a physical challenge and the elderly.

JEANNIE: YIN/YANG

Jeannie’s yoga practice began growing up in the foothills of Byron Bay. Here she also trained in classical and contemporary ballet. Finding a passion for music later she became an electronic music producer and D.J, founding her own record label. This took her on many travels around the globe, sharing her love for music and dance and helping many others to fall in love with movement through music.

Jeannie was blessed with a pathway to yoga teaching training through an internship with Sandy Delgado (Savvy Soul Yoga U.S.A) and Samantha Bijok at Austral Yoga. Samantha and Jeannie are sisters and it was because of her constant love and encouragement that she finally came back to yoga and now to teach others this way of healing. Jeannie teaches Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Power, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and meditation, using music and mantras as sound therapy throughout class. Focusing on breath, creating freedom through movement, restoring strength and flexibility, Jeannie’s intention is to help others find peace, internal strength and wellbeing … with a dash of music and a whole lot of Aum!

CARMEL: KUNDALINI

Carmel first discovered Kundalini Yoga via Instagram when one of her favourite Instagrammers, Gabrielle Bernstein, posted about it. Intrigued, Carmel was quick to find a class nearby in Melbourne and was instantly hooked. Soon after, she travelled overseas for 6 months, spending a month in Rome and attended as many Kundalini classes as she could. While there, she heard that a couple of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation master teachers from California (Sada Sat Singh and Sada Sat Kaur) were living in the Italian countryside so she attended a retreat udner their guidance. They had studied directly with Yogi Bhajan, the founder of Kundalini.

In 2014, Carmel went to Italy three times to complete her Level 1 teacher training and in November 2015, she completed her Level 3 training on 21 Stages of Meditation, again in Italy. Kundalini Yoga has brought a new level of personal awareness and growth, self-responsibility, empowerment and unconditional love to Carmel’s life. She is humbled and honoured to be a teacher of Kundalini Yoga.

CHIKA YAMAWAKI: MUMS & BUBS

Chika is a Yoga Australia registered adults’ and children’s yoga teacher who is a strong believer of the mental, physical, emotional and energetic benefits yoga brings to ALL including babies and children. Her intention is to empower people from all walks of life to take charge of their health and wellbeing by incorporating yoga & mindfulness in their daily lives and making more conscious lifestyle choices.

Chika initially trained with Christina Brown, the author of the Yoga Bible and later trained with Loraine Rushton, children’s yoga expert. Chika has strong interests in yin yoga and mindfulness meditation and studied with Sarah Powers who is a founder of Insight Yoga Institute USA and the leading expert in the field of yin yoga. She had taught various styles of yoga at well-known yoga studios in Sydney before she had her baby.

Based on her new journey of being a mum, she hopes to empower other parents who are on the same journey to cultivate self-acceptance and loving kindness so that we can together grow the next generation of conscious minded souls. She considers herself a lifetime student of yoga and facilitates monthly Yin and Mindfulness Workshop on the last Sunday of each month and teaches Mums & Bubs Yoga Course on Fridays during school terms. You will find her love for yoga infectious.

DIANA YATES: KIDS & FAMILY YOGA

Diana helps both kids and their parents and caregivers discover an emotionally empowered practice so they can feel more joy in relationship with themselves and each other. After receiving an ‘At Risk of Redundancy Notice’ by her 10 year employer, Diana knew it was time to serve others as she long desired. During her last week of corporate employment she serendipitously stumbled upon her first Rainbow Yoga Teacher Training. As a mother herself, she was in awe of the power of connection she witnessed between families, completed Level II Rainbow Kids 300 HRS, and founded Yoyful. Diana serves as a Connection Coach, teaching and support-ing families about connection and relationships on and off the mat.

SIMONE LAMBERT: SHANTI

Simone began her yoga journey in 1996 and from her very first practice, experienced a transformation in her well being and happiness. Realising how Yoga can bring vitality and great health benefits to the body and mind, Simone chose go devote her life to the study and practice of yoga. She has studied under Mardi Bell, Trevor Tangye (former student of the late B.K.S Iyengar-Iyengar Yoga), the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Astanga Yoga and current student of Shandor Remete-Shadow Yoga. Simone draws her teaching from her own personal practice, from her study of the Yoga scriptures along with ayurveda (the sister science to Yoga) and from the guidance of her senior teachers. Her classes are based on the Hatha Yoga tradition. She focuses on the vinyasa system, which emphasises the correct order of progression to introduce the asanas. We start with the basics and build upon them. With each and every person being a unique individual, Simone works with her students to help them establish a lifestyle and practice to benefit their personal needs.

PHILIP SOHN: CONTEMPLATIVE MEDITATION

 
Philip has been curating spiritual experiences internationally over the last 25 years. Recently he and his wife Susan started The Gathering Cloud; monthly groups that meet in homes in NSW and QLD. These practice based gatherings focus on communing with a higher power, and being community to one another; that we are created from love, for love.

Through practices such as Centering Prayer, Breathe Prayer, Divine Gaze and other forms of contemplative spiritual disciplines, that we can experience life from our divine indwelling connected to the universal divine, be transformed through participation, and operate from a collective unitive consciousness based on love, rather than the hyper-individuation that society has brought.

 

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