The practice of yoga has had a profound effect on my own life and I continue to be impressed by the many ways it can positively impact on our well being as humans on every level. When you start to practice regularly, this unexpected transformation begins, not just physically. The fact that we can change our own brain chemistry and retrain neural pathways to provide us with healthier patterns is pretty amazing. I believe that we have everything we need already within us and yoga is simply about discovering and rediscovering ourselves. It's about celebrating our strengths and embracing our weaknesses and learning to be kind and patient with ourselves. When we being to embrace a yoga practice in this way, things we may never have thought possible become possible and you realise there is no end point, only the ride, and there is something very liberating about that for me. For me, sharing some of my philosophical underpinnings and beliefs with you is more important than a resume style bio. Some of my career highlights include teaching yoga based classes for 13 years; a love and passion for yoga; and a keen interest in psychology - I hold a Bachelor degree with an extended major in psychology. I am always open to new and different ways to grow and develop both personally and professionally.
WHAT BETH SAYS ABOUT ME
"Kristy is one of the most beautiful and genuine people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Never without a smile or a laugh, her radiant energy is contagious and you'll leave her classes feeling lighter and happier. Not only is she a talented yoga instructor, mum and wife, she is also a certified yoga massage therapist and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy counsellor. When Kristy is not at the Wellness Centre or with her family, you can find her decked out wearing her tool belt remodelling her bathroom!"
I have always enjoyed working with people, especially those who have lived in a way that has brought them through the ups and downs of life. There is so much honesty in those who are brave enough to bare their scars of life and embrace their uniqueness. I find that the yoga community embraces this type of intensity, and its something that I am grateful to be a part of.
Though I love being a yoga instructor, I find great value practicing as an Occupational Therapist, and ultimately my dream is to complete a degree in acupuncture, bridging eastern and western ways of thought.
Though I don't offer acupuncture at the studio yet, I do perform dry needling for clients who have acute or chronic pain. I have earned a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy with additional study in dry needling & anatomy to be able to practice this style of therapy. This means I have over 6 years of experience working with the body and using clinical reasoning to implement successful interventions.
Further certifications and degrees:
Master of Occupational Therapy
Certification in Dry Needling
Certification in Yoga Massage
Certification in Myofascial cupping
Certified Acceptance & Commitment Therapist
WHAT KRISTY SAYS ABOUT ME
"Beth is an amazing human, someone who is warm and genuine, the kind of person you just love and want to be friends with from your first meeting. Beth is super smart and knowledgeable but also really grounded and humble. She would never tell you that she had her thesis published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy."
Through my years of experience in yoga, I've found that practice can mean different things for different stages of my life. It started out as a workout, then it began to mould into a beautiful connection between my mind, body and breath. Some see it as a spiritual practice and others see it, including myself, as time to get away from the kids and have "me" time! I'm curious to get different perspectives on how people view yoga, and the beautiful thing is that there is no right or wrong answer. For me, yoga is a part of life - it is my workout, my spirituality, my career and my hobby, which I look forward to sharing with the community.
Yoga gives me clarity. It allows me to stop and live, breath by breath. It gives me control when I feel I have none. It gives me love from the most important person: MYSELF.
My younger years were filled with sports, travel, fashion and parties like most; living life in the fast lane but knowing something was missing. I first started practising yoga in Canada during the snow season when I was looking for a way to stretch and build core strength, flexibility and to keep fit and healthy.
In September 2014, I followed my passion for yoga by completing my RYT200hr YTT in Ubud Bali with Zuna Yoga and I have just finished my advanced RYT300hr in Cambodia this January 2016 accredited with Yoga Alliance. The 500hr intensive course blended Hatha, Tantra Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga.
While I continue to study and practice different styles of yoga, my classes focus on using the breath to connect mind and body, by encouraging my students to pursue a practice which best suits them. Each sequence is designed to release and open specific lines of energy throughout the body.
I love what yoga has done for my mind, body and life, and I want to be able to share this with others and guide people that are searching for happiness within themselves and their lives both on and off the mat.
Nichola is a mother of 3 beautiful children and an ayurvedic yoga/massage therapist, the practice of yoga and ayurveda has brought much needed healing to her body; peace to mind and love to her heart. She qualified as a mental health nurse in 2005, practising in many areas including child and adolescent addictive behaviours and acute mental health. Since moving to Australia in 2012, she took a new path through yoga and ayurveda massage therapy, working very closely with mental health and breast cancer clients.
Nichola is passionate about yoga and ayurveda for mental health and cancer patients, and believes it plays an important role within holistic health. At times we can become trapped somewhere in our lives/mind or temporarily lose our balance. Besides other interventions using the combined principles of yoga and ayurveda helps you to a more balanced, healthy life bringing together the mind, body, spirit and heart.
She loves to study and is currently studying with a local Buddhist temple allowing her to deepen her own practice and that of her students. She promises to share all that she has learnt and all that she continues to learn from a place of Metta (love and kindness).
Yoga came into my life over 10 years ago and has become more important and fascinating ever since. I have tried so many different styles of yoga but have always been drawn to ashtanga yoga. The set sequence of postures is a great tool to tell you what's going on in your body and mind. You can always go deeper and explore new layers and aspects of the practice - which never cease to amaze me. Over the years my interest for the other limbs of yoga has grown as well. I have been fortunate to study yoga philosophy, chanting, meditation, pranayama and sanskrit. As such, yoga has become an integral part of my life. Getting on my mat always feels like coming home, no matter where I am in this world.
I'm very grateful for all the amazing teachers and practitioners who have crossed my path, brought more light and guided me along the way. In my classes I want to give back and continue to share my understanding of yoga. I believe that yoga has something to offer to everyone, no matter what your background is or what you are looking for. Let's practice together and connect with our breath, body and mind. I look forward to joining you on this path.
I have been practising yoga for most of my adult life and decided to dive into teaching in 2014. When I began practising hot yoga, I was amazed at how quickly it impacted on my health and well being. As my spinal health quickly improved, my debilitating migraines radically reduced in frequency and severity.
I love sharing the wonders of yoga and have been told that my positivity is infectious and my teaching style is supportive and encourages one to dig deeper into their practice. When we create space in our body we also create space in our minds and whole life. Being connected to your body an breath in a yoga class puts the rest of your life in perspective once you step off the mat. I love the effect that yoga has on my body, but this is only a fraction of the benefits that occur on the inside, under the skin.
It is almost 20 years ago when I started on this journey. Upon graduating from the University, I felt a need to learn a holistic movement discipline that I could practice for life. I was an athlete and dancer so I was seeking for something physically challenging that would benefit my body, mind and spirit. Then I was introduced to the philosophy and method of Ashtanga Yoga. I practised in the Philippines for several years until I moved to Saudi Arabia in 2006. Later, I traveled to Thailand and India to advance my practice and understanding of this ancient discipline. It was also during this time that I was given the opportunity to learn classical pranayama from the Kaivalyadham tradition – a lineage that provided early scientific explanations to the various yogic techniques and their effects on the body and mind. Yoga since then has become an important part of my life. It is also because of yoga that I am in Australia today as a research student. Looking back, I feel grateful to have met and studied with many wonderful teachers who have influenced the way I practice, teach, and understand yoga today. To their lotus feet, I bow and offer my love and respect.
MAREE BARRACLOUGH (formerly Oxenbridge)
I instantly fell in love with Pilates (originally known as Contrology) after my first class in 2015 and completed a Certificate 4 in Pilates in 2017.
I love how Pilates is accessible for everyone regardless of what fitness level you may be at. It’s the perfect workout to improve you core strength for better posture, balance and flexibility
Practicing Pilates for me is also a way to deal with the everyday stresses of life and leaves me feeling much calmer and in control of my life and most importantly, happy.
I completed Certificate IV in Polestar Pilates Mat work instructor in 2014, when I started teaching on regular basis, I also hold a Physiotherapy degree from Brazil, where I’m from originally and have worked for many years.
I am currently completing a Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Method, and have always enjoyed working with the human body, understanding its capabilities and helping improve them.
I have a passion for travel, special caravanning. I love outdoor activities like hiking, stand up paddle, mountain biking and snowboarding. I’m always open for a new adventure.
My biggest love in this life, is for my 2 daughters and my hubby.
I started my journey with pilates and yoga through my dance training which has taken me around the world. After 12 years of dancing professionally, it was time to hang up my dance shoes and continue to develop my skills, and share my knowledge and passion for Pilates. I have been teaching Pilates for 2 years, and love to support others to grow and strengthen their minds and bodies. I look forward to seeing you in class and to feel the burn!
I am a passionate and enthusiastic yoga teaching professional focused on creating the most conducive yoga environment for students. I have taught Secondary English over the past 12 years. In addition to my love of teaching, I am very passionate for physical health and fitness. I have been a marathon runner for eight years; five years ago I broke my leg while training for a marathon. After physical therapy I began yoga and fell in love with the practice instantly. Yoga allowed me to reconnect with my past involvement with dance, cheer, and gymnastics. Not only did I feel stronger physically, but I also experienced a change mentally and emotionally. Since yoga has been in my life I have had many positive changes and experiences. My mission as a yoga teacher is to share my passion with others in the hopes to help students discover their strength and true Self
A yoga & meditation practice has always been something that has drifted in and out of my life when I needed it most. After spending 10 months travelling in France I reconnected with yoga again and I knew in my heart of hearts that this is something I wanted to dive into and explore completely. Movement has always been extremely important to me, having always done some form of sport or another throughout my life. The practice of yoga took things to the next level through the integration of mind, body, diet, breath and spirituality. I am particularly passionate about how the breath influences our entire being – our energy, hormones & mental state.
I love the community that yoga creates; while it is an individual path for each person, it is also the thread that connects us all together.
Each time I practice I learn more about myself and it is a great joy to share that with others. I hope to bring my bubbly personality into each class, to challenge students to push themselves either mentally or physically – but also to encourage that they allow themselves to rest, restore and relax fully. I like to support people to move more intuitively or in a way that suits their body. I think now, in what is often a fast paced world, we need that Yin & Yang balance in our lives.
Yoga has been a part of Albina's life for over 15 years. Having always wanted to teach but never having the courage, she found her wings with Antigravity Yoga and completed her first training with Renae Stevens at FlightSkool in 2014.
Albina realised early on that her journey as a teacher and student had just began. In 2015 she discovered Julie Smerdon at Shri, and went on to complete her 200 hour training. Albina has also completed 50 hours of Yin Yoga training with Joe Barnett. Dedicated to always remaining a student of the practice Albina is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her. At the heart of Albina's teaching is the passion to help others heal - body, mind and soul, and walk away with a smile.
Throughout life, Melissa has been ready for challenges in the realm of sport and fitness. So when she took her first yoga class in 2013, Melissa realised that this was a discipline she would partake in for the rest of her life. Most sport and fitness activities can involve an intensity of training, however yoga also offers a gentle and restorative approach for both the body and mind.
Having a heart for people and helping others, Melissa completed a Bachelor Degree in Psychology before beginning a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Naturopathy. A healthy and active lifestyle is a major passion for Melissa. She believes that good health is a beautiful blessing in life and there are endless ways to step towards this in our every day lives.
Although fairly new to the Fitness Industry I am not lacking in passion for it. Fitness and exercise have been a part of my life since I was a teenager and I truly believe that a healthy mind starts with a healthy body and vice versa. I fell in love with Reformer Pilates about 5 years ago after a back operation left me unable to lift heavy weights at the gym, and this love is what prompted me to train as a Pilates & Mat Instructor.
Working full time, part time and being the mother of a beautiful young daughter means that I have to be the best version of myself, Pilates has helped me on this journey. The changes weren't instant but were definitely there, a stronger core, better posture, strong ankles and wrists naming just a few! My focus is on form which will allow you to get the most out of your workout. Let me help you on your journey to a stronger body and mind.
Growing up with movement my whole life, and a dance career that got cut short due to injury led to a natural progression for me to get my Qualifications as a Personal Trainer & Pilates Instructor (Group & Clinical). However my teaching career started at age 15 as a Student Ballet Teacher.
Over the past 5+ years in the Industry I have added many other Fitness Qualifications to my tool belt including Pre/Post Natal.
I find great joy passing on my passion & knowledge of movement to every body (no matter their background) to help them move the best way their bodies can to live their best lives!
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Yoga was indeed the gateway my soul was longing for after nearly 18 years in the corporate world. I've been teaching since 2010 and I love sharing my passion for this practice, love to remind people of their own capacity to heal, to improve their lives, health and general well being by re-learning how to use this powerful tool called mind.
In my classes you'll hear me chanting mantras and my style is to guide you through a process of embracing who you are and discover that there is always a way if we have the intention.