Meet our Teachers

Ann-Maree Ellis, Yoga teacher 

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Yoga has become essential to my health and happiness. It continues to help me develop resilience, stamina and joy in life; and ground, relax and energise all aspects of my being. By sharing yoga teachings, I hope to bring myself and others into ever growing intimacy with the source of our own wellbeing.

I completed my Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the Victorian Institute for Yoga Education and Teacher Training in 2013. I’ve practised yoga and zen meditation for more than 15 years, and dance improvisation for over 20 years. Before returning to Albury, I taught Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness at Deakin University for 6 years. The dance form of Contact Improvisation has been one of my greatest teachers, engendering my trust in the wisdom of the body. Yoga is my greatest ally in cultivating and applying that wisdom, day-by-day, moment-by-moment. 

Ann-maree teaches Wednesday 6am-7.20am Midweek Energiser Yoga 

 

Bob Dunnett RYT 200- Multistyle 2014 Trimurti yoga Dharamasala 

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I began yoga in 2007 and it is a constantly evolving, beautifully challenging and rewarding relationship which I feel privileged to have undertaken and share .

I love the mind, body and universe connection of yoga which opens us up towards a healthy, fulfilling and happy life both off and on the mat . I encourage students to gently find and explore their edge in a safe, encouraging, non judgemental environment.

Bob teaches Level 1/ beginners yoga  on Wednesdays at 7pm 

 

Cate Geard – Radiant Light Yoga Level 2 teacher 

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Welcome to this little space to get to know me a little more!
I embarked on full-time personal, daily Yoga practice in Spring 2010, as I began Radiant Light Yoga Teacher Training, graduating in Winter 2012. And it was not a moment too soon!
Introduced to Yoga at the age of 19, this ancient art-form allows me to continually and progressively delve into the inner space, to feel, accept, know,  grow and understand where I am, who I am, and connect with the rest of the world in lots of creative ways.
I love dwelling in that feeling of relaxed, joyful alertness!
My regular asana practice has shown me that with hard work, coupled with deep relaxation, the body and mind can grow and change into new, uplifting, positive ways, which I once believed were beyond my reach!
I’m enjoying expressing myself at the moment through solo and group spontaneous dance, with lots of yoga moves in the mix, of course; piano playing; yoga singing – kirtan – and singing with the kids, especially in the car; crafting Nature Mandalas; being with friends; walking the hills of our home amongst the trees; observing and being with animals; and sewing with colourful materials. My latest offering is Chakra Prayer flags.
I invite you to class to experience a shared practice that strengthens and balances the body, opens the heart, and uplifts the spirit. OM SHANTI, Love Cate x

Cate teaches Friday 10.45am – noon, RL Yoga L1- 2 class 

Danielle Brink- Classical Yoga Teacher

danielle brinkDani was drawn to yoga in her 20’s and was initially drawn to a regular practice for its relaxing and muscle lengthening benefits to compliment her active lifestyle.   Like most of us she had an on-off relationship with her practice but reignited her love for it during pregnancy and again during some emotionally challenging moments in her life.

With a desire to go much deeper in her practice, Dani studied and completed her diploma of Classical Yoga in 2012 graduating under the guidance of Swami Shantananda.  

‘Yoga has enhanced my life, my view of self, relationships, and opened up a deep acceptance of all beings. To share my knowledge and experience with everyone, feels like my calling.”

Dani encourages her students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in class to their lives outside of the studio.
Dani is also a group fitness instructor, pilates instructor and ongoing student of podiatry.  Her classes suit all levels of fitness and health.

Danielle teaches Saturday 8am Vinyasa Yoga

 

Katie Hillary – Slow Flow
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I have always been drawn to natural therapies and first tried yoga in my late teens, busting out into a down dog on my parents living room floor, not knowing where my head was in relation to my Ass-ana!

Some years later after the birth of my first child life started to excelerate. I needed something to help me slow – I found yoga again and with a regular practice I noticed the calmness and clarity I

experienced at the end of each class. This sparked my interest to delve deeper into the teachings of Yoga.

I want to share the sense of grounding and spiritual awarness that I have found through Yoga, by offering a slow flow vinyasa class. The class will have a emphasis on building strength and a deep connection with breath while moving with presence. My belief is that the practice is for everbody and I seek to help others nuture their mind, body and soul through yoga.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching (350hrs) Australian Yoga Academy, 2017.

”It’s not the ability to stand on your head, but the ability to control what is going on in your head that makes an effective practioner”.  Dominque Salerno (beloved teacher and mentor)

Katie teaches Slow Flo on Friday nights at 5:15pm

 

Maree Petrow – Radiant Light yoga teacher 

maree marocco website copy Maree has had a passion for yoga for over 15 years. A devoted yogini, lover of nature, vegetarian cooking  (specialising in baking), gardening and camping. Since childhood, Maree has had a deep connection with and love of nature. The practice of yoga is all about nurturing ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically. Over time, her spiritual practice has become a beautiful part of daily life.
Dedicated to her own practice Maree is deeply grateful to share what she has learnt from her teachers, students and the environment. A certified Radiant Light Yoga teacher and registered member of Yoga Australia Maree feels privileged to share the gift of yoga through teaching.
A class with Maree focuses on body – breath movement, alignment and relaxing the mind. Come find a balance of effort and ease and enjoy a grounding class that weaves poses together in a safe and playful way.  You should look forward to a wholesome class much like the food she loves to cook and share!

www.yogaaustralia.org.au/Profile/MareePetrow 

Maree teaches Prenatal yoga on Thursdays at 5.30pm,

 

Margot Smith, Dru yoga teacher 

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My yoga journey began in 2001 and my first teacher inspired me to learn the art of “Being”.  Even though I went to classes for back problems, I soon realised that Yoga was not just about postures. The breathing, relaxations and philosophy that our kind and caring teacher shared gave me a taste of inner peace. This was what I was truly searching for after my life changing experiences a year before.

I have gone from living a bitter life to a better life. Yoga is not something I do, it is how I breathe, speak, listen, express and live my life. Teaching Yoga and Meditation is a fulfilling way to share what has been so helpful and transformative for me. I love helping others to create their own personal toolkit for health, wellbeing, inner peace and self discovery

www.essenceofstillness.com

Margot teaches Dru yoga on Monday at 10.3oam

 

Shelly Fruend Radiant Light yoga teacher

IMG_9772I first hit the yoga mat 21 yrs ago, however it was an autoimmune lung condition and declining health that encouraged me to commit to daily practice 18 yrs ago- that was when the gift of yoga changed me and became a way of living.
Yoga has been a vehicle to remember the joy, light and radiance of my being. To remember that only Love is real. Yoga is a gift and its ability to transform continues to amaze and enthral me.
Over the 14 yrs of sharing yoga with others I have studied with and am inspired by  Radiant Light Yoga, &  Lisa Petersen,  Over the last 4 years I have been studying Hanna Somatic Movement with Lisa Petersen and Mathra Peterson.

Yoga & Hanna Somatics coupled with the skills learned from practicing Physiotherapy for 24 years provides an amazing platform to explore the body moving.
I am continually amazed by the wisdom of the heart, by the ability of the ‘soma’/’ being’ to transform and to change, no matter in what state it begins or how young!  I love this journey of life and how the gift of yoga enriches it & assists me to flow with change.
I endeavour to always dive deep into my practice and self; to serve from this place of inquiry- creating a safe, nurturing, open space for others to witness their radiant being.

Shelly teaches RL yoga on Friday 6am, Integrated Somatics/yoga Tuesday at 9.30am & 5.15pm, Hanna somatic movement /gentle yoga Monday at 1.15pm,  Thursday 11.15am

 

Sonia Spry, Radiant Light yoga teacher 

sonI remember going to the odd yoga class here & there during my teens & after Uni but I really only started to connect with it when I attended my 1st Radiant Light class in Queensland 10 years ago. I loved the movement aspect of the class – the way Radiant Light yoga emphasises adapting the pose to the person rather than the person to the pose, this made perfect sense to me as a Physio & particularly with my background in re- educating movement. I loved the link between breath & movement, the flowing style, the balance between strength & surrender in a pose & particularly the space yoga allowed for my very busy head to be still, quiet & listen! I was hooked.

I have been practicing yoga regularly now for 9 years & completed my Radiant Light yoga teacher training in 2012 under the guidance of our teachers in Queensland Adam & Akash Bornstein & our mentor closer to home, Shelly Fruend. This was an intense 14 months but I’m thankful for all I gained along the way. I love how yoga can be dynamic & challenging yet feel perfectly aligned with my soul.

I’d like to offer my yoga classes as an accessible vehicle to find stillness in the mind through movement of the body and to build strength & flexibility of both body & mind in a safe, supportive space.

Sonia teaches RL yoga on Monday at 6.30pm, Thursday at 9.15am 

 

Zoe Mason – Dru Yoga Teacher 

Since commencing my yoga teacher training in Canberra in 2013 Dru yoga has become such a critical and crucial part of my life. I was originally drawn to yoga as a form of exercise that might help with my headaches and managing my stress levels but it was the mental quietness and physical vibrancy I felt both during and after class that kept me coming back for more! I also loved the immediate success achieved in a Dru class- the way it includes health considerations and stages of movements makes it available and achievable for all – no matter your age, flexibility nor experience.

Since incorporating yoga into my world daily I’ve see Dru work it’s magic in every aspect of my life –  my relationships, opportunities, and roles at work, in my family, with friends and most profoundly with myself, have all improved and strengthened as a result of my practice.

I’m really enthusiastic about sharing and teaching Dru yoga and aim to provide a nourishing class which contains the space to get out of your head, a time to connect in with your body and heart, and a moment of pure internal stillness.

Zoe Mason teaches Dru Yoga on Tuesdays at 7pm