Who We Are
Astrid has been a yogini for the past 20 years and has been teaching yoga for the last 14+ years when she completed her training with IYTA. In that time Astrid has regularly practiced Hatha and Iyengar yoga and dabbled in Bikram (2 1/2 years) and many other yoga styles. In 2012 Astrid completed a Diploma in Pre-Natal Yoga with IYTA and has also completed 3 Yoga for Children Courses with Zenergy Yoga, to specialise in teaching yoga to Teenagers. In 2019 Astrid completed a YA300hr Course in the 5 Elements of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Trimurti Yoga, Goa India.
Alana is passionate about yoga philosophy and practice, and specialises in yoga for stress and anxiety management. She has her own yoga studio, "Stag Hill", at her farm in Jamberoo. Alana completed her teacher training with the IYTA and is now involved in designing and delivering yogic philosophy lectures through the IYTA Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training course. Prior to her yoga teaching career, Alana was a high school English and French teacher and Year Co-ordinator. As well as yoga, Alana loves dancing, gardening, tending to her dairy goats and chooks and spoiling her beloved pooches.
Alex had been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In 2000 she started her three-year training program with the founders of Yoga Synergy, Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss. Over the last few decades she has studied with many other renowned teachers including Clive Sheridan, Shandor Remete, Donna Farhi and in 2015 started the IYTA Advanced Teacher training program. As a qualified Yoga Synergy teacher, Alex ran the Yoga Synergy School in Manly, which she taught at for over 11 years, she later started up the Yoga Co-operative Manly and in 2016 she was invited to move her classes to the long established Manly Yoga Centre, (a highly respected centre, established in Manly over 40 years ago). Alex believes that safely challenging the body, in a fun and intelligent way, helps create a strong, healthy body and a calm focused mind - not just on the mat, but beyond.
EXPERTISE: Pranayama & Meditation
David has many decades of yogic practise, yogic lifestyle and teaching experience behind him. Along with these subjects he lectures in he has a broad knowledge of the history and philosophy of yoga and has been a major contributor to yoga teacher training within and beyond Australia. He is a Life member of IYTA.
EXPERTISE: Applied Yoga Anatomy
Like many people, Catherine found yoga through illness and injury, and hasn't looked back since. She completed her Diploma with the IYTA in 2017, and balances teaching yoga in Toowoomba with corporate work, being a mum, and being involved in local community groups. Catherine started her professional career as an acute care nurse for 10 years before voluntarily having a career change.
EXPERTISE: Anatomy & Physiology
Debbie lectures on the Course in anatomy and physiology. She is currently studying physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. She has two children and a growing family of guinea pigs too. "My motivation to do the Yoga teacher training in 2008 was my experience with yoga while pregnant, with IYTA teacher Rosie McCaffrey in Seaforth, Sydney. Yoga practices smoothed my pregnancy, strengthened my labour, and helped me survive early motherhood. My favourite yoga practice is Yoga Nidra because it's so simple yet so challenging, with the greatest rewards."
EXPERTISE: Course Co-ordinator
Edda Board first discovered yoga many years ago in Sydney. Her motivation to study yoga with IYTA was not to teach but to immerse herself fully in the ancient offering. After graduating in 2011 she found herself holding classes and now teaches five classes per week in Bathurst. Attending workshops, further training and keeping up a strong and regular personal practice she believes are the foundations of a worthy yoga teacher.Her favourite pose is Sirsasana as it reminds her to remain calm and breathe easy when things are "upside down". Edda is the study weekend and Residential support person.
In 2003 Jacki completed her ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) yoga teacher training in Tokyo. During this time she also undertook the IYTA training by correspondence. Jackie has now been instructing yoga for 10 years and currently teaches in selected studios across Sydney as well as providing corporate and private classes.Her calm and attentive teaching style focuses on correct alignment and physical safety. In each class Jackie incorporates a variety of creative sequences with a well-balanced practice of pranayama, asanas, meditation and relaxation. Jacki is an integral member of the IYTA Asana Team.
Janet Stevens has been practising yoga for over 30 years. In addition to her IYTA accreditation and Diploma in Education, Janet is a certified Vedic Chanting teacher and Viniyoga Therapist. Viniyoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, is a comprehensive application of yoga that includes the holistic tools of Asana, Pranayama, Samantraka, Vedic Chanting, Nyasa, and Meditation to connect to the individual needs of the student.She has presented at the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference and Enlightened Events Conference. She has also enjoyed assisting Donna Farhi, teaching yoga in China, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and the United Kingdom. A continuous learner, Janet has cherished the experience of studying with internationally acclaimed teachers including TKV. Desikachar, Madam Menaka Desikachar, Dr. Kausthub Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Rodney Yee and Angela Farmer.Janet is an honorary member of the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, based on her contribution to the development of sport in the country and her participation in the 1956 Olympic Games, in Melbourne Australia.
EXPERTISE: Asana, Yin TCM
Jeff started his yoga and meditation practice with his mother as a child more than 30 years ago. Over this time he has studied and practiced extensively in styles such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin, Anusara and Vinyasa. Yoga to Jeff is a pathway to self-love and self-acceptance, he believes only by knowing who you are, can you truly understand the world around you, thereby living in harmony with-in and with-out; and every other 'physical improvements' that comes with yoga are just the icing on the cake. Jeff is also a qualified and registered therapist in other healing modalities like Acupuncture, TCM, Shiatsu, Remedial massage, Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy.In Jeff's classes, alignment, form and intention are emphasised. A steady practice where mind and body are equally important and responsible for reaching a level of mental peach and relaxation, while maintaining postures that may present a physcial challenge to the practitioner. This is the very essence of equanimity that yoga teaches us to manoeuvre through life's many situations.
EXPERTISE: Asana, Pre & Post Natal Yoga
Katie is a senior yoga teacher with 23 years' experience. She teaches a range of classes from general to pre and post-natal yoga, mums and bubs yoga, chair yoga and yoga for special needs. She trained with IYTA in 2000-1 and lectures on both the IYTA's Teacher Training Course and the IYTA's Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Katie is also a qualified massage therapist (ITEC), Infant massage educator (IMA), doula (Optimum birth) and has done trainings in Children's Yoga (Zenergy Yoga) is a qualified Laughter Yoga Teacher and has studied Yin 1, Yin 2 and Yin 3 with Sarah Manning. She has also produced three DVDs, two CDs and an online yoga and massage program for the Huggies website, and is also the author of: Mother Me – a mum's guide to balance, wellbeing and harmony.
Liz completed her Yoga teacher training in 2003 and instructs in her studio at Pymble, on the Upper North Shore of Sydney. Liz lectured for the IYTA Teacher Training course (2008-2013) teaching Asana and class planning and believes very much in sharing knowledge, providing honest and loving encouragement to students by mentoring and helping them to grow and develop their own yoga journey.Returning to Lecturing with the IYTA Teacher Training Team in 2016 and excited to offer further perspectives after a time away. Completing the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the IYTA in Jan 2015 which further supports her depth of teachings of Classical Hatha Yoga. Liz also holds a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education (Adult Education).
EXPERTISE: Children's Yoga
Loraine Rushton has been an international teacher, trainer and leading educator in Children’s Yoga for nearly 20 years. She has taught over 10,000 hours of yoga to thousands of children and teens of all ages. Loraine has trained hundreds of yoga teachers and school teachers on the benefits of yoga for children throughout Australia and internationally. Her mission is to impact the lives of millions of children worldwide by having them believe in themselves and shine their light out into the world.Loraine was instrumental in bringing yoga into the Australian school system and runs numerous courses throughout Australia. Her programs have been taught in primary and secondary, private, public, selective, and religious schools for over 16 years.
Nick started yoga 24 years ago and completed his Teacher Training diploma with IYTA in 2004. At that time, Nick commenced Macarthur Yoga and has been teaching yoga around the Macarthur region in South West Sydney. In 2014, Nick returned to complete his IYTA Post Graduate (Advanced) Teacher Training course. Nick also has a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and since 2010, has been working for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). His teaching role as allowed him to continue an ongoing action research project, collecting data and recording the therapeutic benefits of yoga, with students with autism. Nick Flatman teaches yoga at many local gyms and has been a workshop yoga tutor for the Campbelltown City Council for over 6 years. He is also an instructor with the "Live Life Well" program established in 2015 and offers classes from his home studio.
Rebecca is a 500hr yoga teacher with qualifications in Anatomical Yoga Therapy for Injury and Pain, mental health first aid, Children's Yoga, working with disabilities and laughter yoga.While teaching in the general community she also enjoys working in private rehabilitation and is a member of A Sound Life, bringing music and yoga to public hospitals and working with young patients living with psychosis, depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
EXPERTISE: Philosophy, Ayurveda
Robyn has a passion for "True Wellness". Her dream is that all people have access to the wisdom of self-knowing that allows each of us to experience our Perfect Healthy. As the founder of the Perfect Health Centre, she has facilitated life-change for hundreds of clients through Yoga teaching, Ayurvedic Medicine and on-line courses. Robyn has a B. Ed., has studied extensively internationally and her qualifications include being an Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner, holding a Masters from Chopra Centre University and gaining her initial Yoga teaching qualifications from IYTA.
Tessa Hoffman completed her Diploma of Yoga Teaching in 2016 with the IYTA and now lectures on the topics of yoga philosophy and anatomy/physiology. Tessa has a background in journalism, most recently working as a staff writer with medical news publications, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Sydney. Tessa loves the breadth of yoga and is passionate about many areas including meditation, yoga philosophy, yoga psychology and mantra. She also loves playing her harmonium and singing kirtan.