TEACHERS

Yoga has been a path of transformation for each of us.
Diverse in backgrounds, training and perspectives, we are all deeply committed to the path of yoga and its learnings.

As forever students and as teachers, we look forward to sharing this practice with you.

   Lucy's teaching is grounding and nourishing.  Students are encouraged to find freedom and self-compassion in the unique expressions of their energy. Expect creative, flowing sequencing with focus on breath and movement that is safe, strong and fluid. Her intention is to help you feel embodied and empowered; to help you experience yoga as a practice and a guide in growing through life's challenges and joys.  An avid learner and geek at heart, she continues to attend workshops and trainings that broadens her understanding of anatomy, physiology and spirituality, as well as the deep roots of yoga philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda. All of these discoveries weave their way into her teaching, to help students reflect on and evoke the learnings in their own lives.  Lucy received her Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Australian Yoga Academy (350hrs). and her Yin Teacher Training (50hrs) with Sarah Owen.  FIND LUCY  @lucy_lawes

Lucy's teaching is grounding and nourishing.

Students are encouraged to find freedom and self-compassion in the unique expressions of their energy. Expect creative, flowing sequencing with focus on breath and movement that is safe, strong and fluid. Her intention is to help you feel embodied and empowered; to help you experience yoga as a practice and a guide in growing through life's challenges and joys.

An avid learner and geek at heart, she continues to attend workshops and trainings that broadens her understanding of anatomy, physiology and spirituality, as well as the deep roots of yoga philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda. All of these discoveries weave their way into her teaching, to help students reflect on and evoke the learnings in their own lives.

Lucy received her Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Australian Yoga Academy (350hrs). and her Yin Teacher Training (50hrs) with Sarah Owen.

FIND LUCY @lucy_lawes

LUCY LAWES
Founder / Yoga Teacher / Artist

 Annabel encourages her students to leave ‘perfection’ at the door and explore their practice and selves from a place of playful curiosity.  Her classes are creative and fluid, blending together a beautiful balance of challenge and calm. They encourage compassionate self-awareness through breath-based movement, with aspects of philosophy and meditation weaved through. Drawing her students into a deeper felt-sense of wholeness and freedom.  Her intention is to create a safe space for students to experience the wisdom of the body-mind connection, as well as help them develop a keener sense of awareness both on and off the mat. She believes that the body is a vehicle for awakening, and that movement is a tool that can help one discover a deeper sense of connection to self and the world around them.  Annabel has been practicing and studying yoga for over a decade. She first trained in the Satyanda style of Hatha Yoga in India, and has since undertaken advanced Embodied Flow training with Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons – which integrates somatic movement awareness, Tantric Philosophy and Humanistic Psychology.  FIND ANNABEL  @annabelsharpy

Annabel encourages her students to leave ‘perfection’ at the door and explore their practice and selves from a place of playful curiosity.

Her classes are creative and fluid, blending together a beautiful balance of challenge and calm. They encourage compassionate self-awareness through breath-based movement, with aspects of philosophy and meditation weaved through. Drawing her students into a deeper felt-sense of wholeness and freedom.

Her intention is to create a safe space for students to experience the wisdom of the body-mind connection, as well as help them develop a keener sense of awareness both on and off the mat. She believes that the body is a vehicle for awakening, and that movement is a tool that can help one discover a deeper sense of connection to self and the world around them.

Annabel has been practicing and studying yoga for over a decade. She first trained in the Satyanda style of Hatha Yoga in India, and has since undertaken advanced Embodied Flow training with Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons – which integrates somatic movement awareness, Tantric Philosophy and Humanistic Psychology.

FIND ANNABEL @annabelsharpy

ANNABEL SHARP
Yoga Teacher

   Hannah first found yoga as a way to heal, after injury forced her to look at the world in a different way.  An avid runner, she was attracted to yoga as a form of moving mediation in order to deal with the stresses of everyday life. As a designer she weaves creative themes and intelligent sequences to target specific areas of the body.  During her studies at the Australian Yoga Academy (350hr), she became passionate about using her knowledge of anatomy to teach mindfully and help prevent injury. Hannah encourages her students to find the balance between strength and flexibility.  FIND HANNAH  @hanamaste

Hannah first found yoga as a way to heal, after injury forced her to look at the world in a different way.

An avid runner, she was attracted to yoga as a form of moving mediation in order to deal with the stresses of everyday life. As a designer she weaves creative themes and intelligent sequences to target specific areas of the body.

During her studies at the Australian Yoga Academy (350hr), she became passionate about using her knowledge of anatomy to teach mindfully and help prevent injury. Hannah encourages her students to find the balance between strength and flexibility.

FIND HANNAH @hanamaste

HANNAH O'MAHONY
Yoga Teacher

   Jessica began practicing Yoga in Portugal 8 years ago and was instantly drawn to the experience of whole body movement. She continued her journey of Yoga by amplifying her practice, learning from trained yogis around the world in places such as Berlin, New York, and Dharamsala, India.  Her principles stand in strength and flexibility; at the core of her practice is the philosophy and spirituality of Yoga.  Jessica completed her teacher training with the renowned yogi Mark Whitwell and his Heart of Yoga practice. She has become an inspiring teacher due to the knowledge she has attained of this deep Indian tradition.   FIND JESSICA  @jess.kali

Jessica began practicing Yoga in Portugal 8 years ago and was instantly drawn to the experience of whole body movement. She continued her journey of Yoga by amplifying her practice, learning from trained yogis around the world in places such as Berlin, New York, and Dharamsala, India.

Her principles stand in strength and flexibility; at the core of her practice is the philosophy and spirituality of Yoga.

Jessica completed her teacher training with the renowned yogi Mark Whitwell and his Heart of Yoga practice. She has become an inspiring teacher due to the knowledge she has attained of this deep Indian tradition.

FIND JESSICA @jess.kali

JESSICA CREMA
Yoga Teacher / Jewellery Artisan

  In 2006, Gillian began a daily yoga practice at home in Toronto (shout out to Rodney Yee and his Power Yoga for Beginners DVDs). Eventually she left the house (and the country) and in 2009 explored a wider range of asana styles in London, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Yoga Nidra (her favourite!).  Her yoga practice had such a transformative effect on her outlook on life and herself - so much so that she felt she had to share it with as many people as possible so completed her teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy (350hr).  As a teacher, Gillian’s mission is to help  all  students, no matter their circumstances, discover the myriad of benefits the yoga practice has to offer them. Her teaching approach is grounded in yogic philosophy, adapted to address challenges we face within the modern Western context. Through thoughtful and safe alignment-based asana sequencing, focus on breath and the incorporation of meditation techniques, Gillian endeavours to guide students in reconnecting with their full being – mind, body and soul.


In 2006, Gillian began a daily yoga practice at home in Toronto (shout out to Rodney Yee and his Power Yoga for Beginners DVDs). Eventually she left the house (and the country) and in 2009 explored a wider range of asana styles in London, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Yoga Nidra (her favourite!).

Her yoga practice had such a transformative effect on her outlook on life and herself - so much so that she felt she had to share it with as many people as possible so completed her teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy (350hr).

As a teacher, Gillian’s mission is to help all students, no matter their circumstances, discover the myriad of benefits the yoga practice has to offer them. Her teaching approach is grounded in yogic philosophy, adapted to address challenges we face within the modern Western context. Through thoughtful and safe alignment-based asana sequencing, focus on breath and the incorporation of meditation techniques, Gillian endeavours to guide students in reconnecting with their full being – mind, body and soul.

GILLIAN FORSYTH
Yoga & Yoga Nidra Teacher

  Nisha began practicing yoga as a difficult teenager in her hometown of Perth, and has now been practicing for twelve years and teaching for five. She was brought up Buddhist, but has expanded her sphere to encompass different philosophers who influence her own reflections and self-study, as well as her teachers Sam Weinstein, Cat Kabira and Ana Forrest. As a student of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, she discovers intersections with yoga that are now fundamental to her offerings on the mat. She is passionate about social justice, and believes mindfulness and yoga creates space to examine our world – and manifest the determination to counter the inequalities we see around us.  In the class space, she empowers students to rethink patterns of thought and movement that no longer serve, and to open themselves to experimentation, confrontation and integration. She prioritises strength and healing over ‘performance’, and considers asana as integral to supporting bodies as they age. For her, connection to core is essential, physically and energetically, and she does her very best help students engage in all practices, from meditation to yin, slow flow and vinyasa. She is guided by her own injuries, limitations and discomforts, as well as her responses to them. Combining this with knowledge of energetics and anatomy, she leads students to safely and mindfully expand their boundaries.    FIND NISHA  @inhale_eat_kale


Nisha began practicing yoga as a difficult teenager in her hometown of Perth, and has now been practicing for twelve years and teaching for five. She was brought up Buddhist, but has expanded her sphere to encompass different philosophers who influence her own reflections and self-study, as well as her teachers Sam Weinstein, Cat Kabira and Ana Forrest. As a student of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, she discovers intersections with yoga that are now fundamental to her offerings on the mat. She is passionate about social justice, and believes mindfulness and yoga creates space to examine our world – and manifest the determination to counter the inequalities we see around us.

In the class space, she empowers students to rethink patterns of thought and movement that no longer serve, and to open themselves to experimentation, confrontation and integration. She prioritises strength and healing over ‘performance’, and considers asana as integral to supporting bodies as they age. For her, connection to core is essential, physically and energetically, and she does her very best help students engage in all practices, from meditation to yin, slow flow and vinyasa. She is guided by her own injuries, limitations and discomforts, as well as her responses to them. Combining this with knowledge of energetics and anatomy, she leads students to safely and mindfully expand their boundaries.

FIND NISHA @inhale_eat_kale

NISHA LIYANAGE
Yoga Teacher

    Evelyn is a professional 500hr-trained yoga facilitator and life long student, on her way to becoming a shiatsu practitioner.  Training in Tantric Hatha with Zuna Yoga propelled her into exploring the dynamic exchange of breath and it’s ability to harmonise our experience. She believes the symbiosis of different traditional techniques (Kundalini, Tantra, Hatha Yoga, Taoism, Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine) creates a stream to freedom in the mind-body connection.  Evelyn focuses on cultivating self-awareness and balance with a twist of zen. Whether it’s exploring presence of breath and Qi, in movement or stillness, through pranayama, meditation, yin, or yoga nidra, her classes are designed to open us up from the inside out and shed light on our self-made constraints.     FIND EVELYN @ zen_as_ev


Evelyn is a professional 500hr-trained yoga facilitator and life long student, on her way to becoming a shiatsu practitioner.

Training in Tantric Hatha with Zuna Yoga propelled her into exploring the dynamic exchange of breath and it’s ability to harmonise our experience. She believes the symbiosis of different traditional techniques (Kundalini, Tantra, Hatha Yoga, Taoism, Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine) creates a stream to freedom in the mind-body connection.

Evelyn focuses on cultivating self-awareness and balance with a twist of zen. Whether it’s exploring presence of breath and Qi, in movement or stillness, through pranayama, meditation, yin, or yoga nidra, her classes are designed to open us up from the inside out and shed light on our self-made constraints.


FIND EVELYN @zen_as_ev

EVELYN STAVRINIDIS
Yoga & Meditation Teacher

   Caty found yoga in 2013 and immediately fell in love with its transformative effects on both the mind and body, witnessing first-hand the healing power it offers. Always looking for ways to be more present with herself and others, Caty’s love of yoga led her to complete Yin Yoga training with Hugh Lee in 2016, and then her 200hr Power Vinyasa with Move Yoga in early 2017.  She loves that yoga serves as a mirror to what might be going on in your body at any given time and acts as an influential application for how to live your life; both on and off the mat. Her passion and interest for yoga knows no bounds and if she is not teaching, she will most likely be at a workshop, playing on her mat or reading up on yoga literature.  As a teacher, Caty encourages her students to become more conscious and calm through their yoga practice. She hopes to inspire students to think less with their minds and feel more with their bodies, focusing on a strong sense of being grounded through the breath. Caty helps students to foster a curiosity of what is capable through a regular yoga practice, always giving options to help all levels explore what is possible. She hopes to meet you on the mat soon!  FIND CATY  @catyharrall

Caty found yoga in 2013 and immediately fell in love with its transformative effects on both the mind and body, witnessing first-hand the healing power it offers. Always looking for ways to be more present with herself and others, Caty’s love of yoga led her to complete Yin Yoga training with Hugh Lee in 2016, and then her 200hr Power Vinyasa with Move Yoga in early 2017.

She loves that yoga serves as a mirror to what might be going on in your body at any given time and acts as an influential application for how to live your life; both on and off the mat. Her passion and interest for yoga knows no bounds and if she is not teaching, she will most likely be at a workshop, playing on her mat or reading up on yoga literature.

As a teacher, Caty encourages her students to become more conscious and calm through their yoga practice. She hopes to inspire students to think less with their minds and feel more with their bodies, focusing on a strong sense of being grounded through the breath. Caty helps students to foster a curiosity of what is capable through a regular yoga practice, always giving options to help all levels explore what is possible. She hopes to meet you on the mat soon!

FIND CATY @catyharrall

CATY HARRALL
Yoga Teacher

   Karina started dancing at the tender age of four, and danced her way through school, completing a B.A in contemporary arts at Deakin University. Dance was the perfect segue into yoga, and yoga was where she finally felt at home in her body.  Karina did her first teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy (AYA) in 2010, followed by an intensive six months of study in travel in India, and a second teacher training at Shantarasa Institute, alongside Ayurvedic studies in Kerala. After returning home and beginning her teaching, she returned to University to embark on deeper Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanical studies. She has since stepped over into Chinese Medicine studies and is about to embark on her fourth year at Southern School of Natural Therapies. She also lectures in Anatomy, Meditation, and Yin as part of the AYA education team, coaching and mentoring students for their yoga teaching journey.  Although Karina teaches all styles of yoga, she has a particular passion for Yin and Meditation. Her yoga influences include Robert Byrne, Dominque Salerno, Maty Ezraty, and her teacher Swami Nityananda. Her Yin teachers include Jen Crescenzo in Melbourne, Bernie Clark in Vancouver, and Paul Grilley whom she will be studying with in 2018.  FIND KARINA  @yogachameleon

Karina started dancing at the tender age of four, and danced her way through school, completing a B.A in contemporary arts at Deakin University. Dance was the perfect segue into yoga, and yoga was where she finally felt at home in her body.

Karina did her first teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy (AYA) in 2010, followed by an intensive six months of study in travel in India, and a second teacher training at Shantarasa Institute, alongside Ayurvedic studies in Kerala. After returning home and beginning her teaching, she returned to University to embark on deeper Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanical studies. She has since stepped over into Chinese Medicine studies and is about to embark on her fourth year at Southern School of Natural Therapies. She also lectures in Anatomy, Meditation, and Yin as part of the AYA education team, coaching and mentoring students for their yoga teaching journey.

Although Karina teaches all styles of yoga, she has a particular passion for Yin and Meditation. Her yoga influences include Robert Byrne, Dominque Salerno, Maty Ezraty, and her teacher Swami Nityananda.
Her Yin teachers include Jen Crescenzo in Melbourne, Bernie Clark in Vancouver, and Paul Grilley whom she will be studying with in 2018.

FIND KARINA @yogachameleon

KARINA SMITH
Yoga Teacher & Educator

 Kara is an artist and yogi devoted to conscious expression and movement. What began for her as a therapeutic physical yoga practice 14 years ago has evolved into a platform of self-inquiry and a union between the inner and outer landscapes of her world.  Her practice encourages students to examine their current states and find their own sweet spot by balancing strength and flexibility, in both the body and mind.  Her teachings place an emphasis on exploring boundaries, as well as building endurance and compassion throughout the whole body. She is known for her tender, explorative teaching style, coaxing students to feel at home in their bodies, to soften and to connect from a place of patience and curiosity.  Kara completed her 200 hour YTT at PachaMama Eco-village in Costa Rica. During this transformative experience, she trained in a unique fusion of Hatha yoga and Shaolin energetic arts with her teachers Velan and Adya. Kara has also studied meditation and Yogic Philosophy with Dr. Keshava Murthy at Sarvaguna Yoga Dhaama in Dharamsala, India. It is with immense gratitude that she continues to share these teachings across Melbourne.  FIND KARA  @kara.mandel

Kara is an artist and yogi devoted to conscious expression and movement. What began for her as a therapeutic physical yoga practice 14 years ago has evolved into a platform of self-inquiry and a union between the inner and outer landscapes of her world.

Her practice encourages students to examine their current states and find their own sweet spot by balancing strength and flexibility, in both the body and mind.

Her teachings place an emphasis on exploring boundaries, as well as building endurance and compassion throughout the whole body. She is known for her tender, explorative teaching style, coaxing students to feel at home in their bodies, to soften and to connect from a place of patience and curiosity.

Kara completed her 200 hour YTT at PachaMama Eco-village in Costa Rica. During this transformative experience, she trained in a unique fusion of Hatha yoga and Shaolin energetic arts with her teachers Velan and Adya. Kara has also studied meditation and Yogic Philosophy with Dr. Keshava Murthy at Sarvaguna Yoga Dhaama in Dharamsala, India. It is with immense gratitude that she continues to share these teachings across Melbourne.

FIND KARA @kara.mandel

KARA MANDEL
Yoga Teacher / Artist