My Yoga journey started in 2010 when I attended a yoga class at an Arts, Music and Lifestyle festival.
I had never really done yoga before, but I’ve always been quite active and did gymnastics and dancing as a child, so I was drawn to the physical aspects of yoga. It was different to anything I’d ever done before, it incorporated physical exercise with meditation, self awareness, concentration and relaxation.
I felt strong yet relaxed, nurtured yet empowered. When I got home, I straight away looked for yoga classes in the area and soon found myself attending 3 or so classes a week consisting of Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, restorative and dynamic styles. I was hooked, and I began to notice myself change, I was just naturally taking better care of myself, felt calmer and more patient, I was becoming more aware of my body and more comfortable being myself.
After 2 years I was already attending up to 5 or 6 classes a week as well as having a solid at home practice, it had become a lifestyle. So after much encouragement and support from my friends, family and teachers, I decided to go to Byron Bay and complete my teacher training course so I could make it my life goal to share this gift to self with the world.
I would say my style is a combination of Hatha and vinyasa, I like to keep the body flowing and moving while still focusing on the alignment and feeling of each posture. I look forward to sharing your yoga journey with you.
Based in the south-eastern suburbs I have been practising yoga on and off for over 10 years but consistently for the past 2 years. Fitness has always been part of my life in one form or another from running to boot camps and group fitness but it was my love of yoga that made me take that on full time. Whilst I always loved doing other forms of fitness I was looking for something else that would keep me fit and active but serve my body better as I had a knee injury and running and doing boot camps kept aggravating it. When I took on yoga as my main form of exercise I was amazed that just by listening to my body I could challenge, strengthen and transform it but at the same time not injure myself. I also love the yoga philosophies and the moving meditation that is embedded in each class. It is for this reason that I decided I wanted to teach and share yoga with other people and show them how amazing their bodies are and help them reach their full potential – physically and mentally.
I have a passion for yoga and want to bring the practise of yoga to the masses and show everyone that they too can build a solid yoga practise no matter their strength, flexibility or their age (even if they are a late starter like me!). Specialising in Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, in my class I focus not only on the physical practise of yoga but also the mental side of yoga exploring traditional and modern yoga themes in each class. Students leave my classes feeling inspired and empowered!
Dani began her spiritual journey while practising and teaching martial arts, which she has done for over twelve years. She currently holds a Second Dan Black Belt in Karate. Dani’s selfless and caring nature sparked a deep passion to help others, encouraging her to spread her wings further in teaching both women’s and children’s self-defence.
Dani has a deep love for yoga and its rich traditional philosophies and believes – “Yoga Found Me”, while also being quite a natural transition from her martial arts background.
Dani strongly believes yoga is for everyone and flexibility should not govern whether you choose to practise Yoga! We are all uniquely beautiful and each pose will look different for each individual.
Dani was drawn to yoga like many other practitioners who have been faced with experiences of hardship throughout life in order to self-heal. As many others today in the modern world, Dani suffered with crippling mental illnesses such as PTSD, anxiety and depression and through her studies learnt these experiences have not only prepared her for the yoga journey ahead, it became evidently clear Dani’s purpose was to help others heal in the most positive way.
Dani became a Certified 500hr Yoga Teacher whilst studying for 12 months at Moksha Academy of Yoga in Melbourne, which cemented her life purpose and natural progression into becoming a caring and giving teacher.
Dani certainly leaves a positive and uplifting impression to all she encounters and is never shy of giving free hugs regularly. Her open heart, bubbly personality and encouragement, see her create a nurturing, fun and caring environment where all aspects of mind and body are experienced.
From an early age I was interested in sports and physical activities. I found BMX riding in my teens and early 20’s. It was an amazing time in my life from meeting people from all over the world and traveling Australia, riding comps, parks, going on road trips, even some magazine appearances; however after a handful of hospital trips, injuries, breaks and sprains, I was looking for something to repair and restore my body, when I found yoga.
I had a good friend introduce me to yoga and teach me my first class. From there I started to build a home practice with videos. Then in 2015 I met my partner Michelle, who had just completed her YTT and was about to take on running a studio. From there I went from just practising at home to attending several classes a week sometimes back to back.
Apart from the physical benefits of yoga, I noticed the practice start to have positive effects on my lifestyle and state of mind and I was keen to delve deeper, as my yoga practice expanded I started to gain more interest in meditation and the philosophical side. I attended a few workshops throughout 2016 and in early 2017 I started my Teacher Training with a
Knoff Yoga Discovery 50hr Course, followed by Byron Yoga centre 200hr Teacher Training.
I thoroughly enjoyed these courses and the knowledge I acquired. I am eager to share these skills and experiences as I now embark on my teaching journey. I hope to make yoga accessible to everyone of all ages and all fitness levels whilst incorporating the traditional philosophical practices into my classes.
Jo Odessa or Satya (her yogic name) has practiced meditation for 4 decades and began regular asana practice almost 2 decades ago.
Her classes are suitable for all levels — the emphasis is on mindful practice (pratyahara) and the use of breath (pranayama) in conjunction with the physical postures (asanas) as well as still mind meditative practice.
Jo studied at The Australian College of Classical Yoga where she received a diploma in classical yoga.
She has also completed a number of specialist workshops including meditation and advanced postures.
“As a teacher with a love and passion for what I do it is my hope to introduce students to all that the practice of yoga has to offer.”
Damien completed his Level 1 Yoga teacher training with Byron Yoga in 2017.
Damien discovered Yoga 6 years ago, after many years of martial arts and weight training. From his very first class Damien knew he was onto something special and within a short
Damien credits his practice with giving him a pathway to transformation, one that has carried him through some very difficult times and has kept him healthy, strong and content.
He has a deep sense of gratitude for his teachers, who have taught from the heart and feels inspired and privileged to be able to share the gift of yoga and its amazing benefits. Damien believes strongly that yoga is a complete form of exercise for body, mind and spirit, a way of life, and that there is something in it for everyone. He draws on a variety of aspects, from the physical postures (asana), regulated breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and philosophy in order to provide as complete a yoga experience as possible.
Damien teaches Vinyasa flow with a focus on alignment aiming to provide students with the opportunity to challenge themselves and grow, while always in a safe and fun environment.