TEACHERS

 

KRISTIN NELSON

I have been practicing yoga since I was a teenager. My first yoga class was in my final year of high school, to help deal with the stress I was feeling at that time. It was truly “love at first class” and the follow-on effect has been a dedicated daily self-practice, that I have kept up ever since. This practice has been the constant in my life, sustaining me through many different seasons.

Personally, yoga has supported me through thyroid cancer, surgery, treatment, recovery and remission. It has helped to keep me in balance when my body otherwise would have felt like it was failing me. It has supported me through pregnancy, childbirth and helped me to survive sleepless nights and the daily challenges that come with raising children. It meets me when I feel energised and fit by challenging and strengthening me. It also meets me when I’m sick or exhausted by helping to gently restore my energy levels and immune system.

Yoga infuses my life with meaning. It teaches me to be quiet and trust, even if I don’t know all of the answers. It makes my body feel light, fit and healthy. It clears my mind and balances my emotions. It connects me to a higher source and purpose. It teaches me patience, surrender, humility and acceptance. It teaches me to love more fully. It teaches me to listen more carefully. It teaches me to breathe more deeply. It reminds me to pause when life feels overwhelming and to come back to what is true.

I am truly passionate about making yoga accessible to everybody, so that you can experience the greater sense of peace,  joy, health and vitality that yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit.

VICKY HARDY

I began practicing yoga as a teenager, incorporating a regular practice into my routine to support me as I finished high school and throughout my university studies. As I entered post-graduate study I discovered Kristin’s classes and fell completely in love. My regular practice became a daily practice and yoga interwove itself through every facet of my life.
While yoga for me began as a practice entirely focused on my physical body, over the years the mental health benefits of a regular yoga practice have evidenced themselves to me time and time again. Yoga has supported me through some of the most trying times of my life and the positive impacts it extends through all aspects of my life continue to enchant me.
A dynamic vinyasa practice offers me a form of moving meditation that leaves me feeling both energised and relaxed. Gentle and restorative practices are here to meet me when I need to take more care of my self.
My daily practice is a constant, no matter where I am in the world or what else is happening in my life. It keeps me grounded and my body and mind healthy. The deep-rooted peace that yoga instils in me is what I hope to bring to my students.
In 2018 I completed my first 200 hour teacher training in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa in Rishikesh, India. I began teaching immediately and have not looked back. Over the last two years I have completed further trainings in Aerial Movement, Advanced Vinyasa and Yin.
In my vinyasa classes you can expect anatomically intelligent sequencing, strength, sweat and an element of fun. Through yin feel supported in a meditative practice with plenty of ‘space’ to drop into you, while enhancing joint health and range of motion, a beautiful compliment to our yang practices and lives.

 

SABRINA OLIVER

I have been doing yoga my whole life and I love it!
I remember when I was a child, I would take a book my mum had in the bookshelf which had yoga asanas in and I would spend hours in my room contorting my body in all sorts of shapes and loving the feeling of flexibility throughout my body.
Years later in High School I chose Meditation as an “extra curricula activity”.
I learnt the beautiful sensation of connecting my breath with my body; in my yoga this translated to connecting the breath with movement. I began to feel this oneness, this wholeness of body and mind, I was hooked!
It appeared that from a young age I was destined to become a Yoga Teacher. However I did lose my practice for a long time as life became too busy and frantic and I prioritised other things. This unhealthy, busy life I had created for myself of constantly burning the candle at both ends left me in a state of complete and utter exhaustion! My body shut down. I became very sick (both physically and mentally) for many years. During this tough time I reconnected with Yoga and slowly but surely my health improved and my passion for yoga became stronger than ever. I experienced the healing effects that yoga can have on both the body and the mind and now I want to share this with others.
“Health is your wealth and you’re a long time dead” as John Butler said.
In August 2016 my dream came true as I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Trimurti Yoga in the beautiful Amed, Bali. I am trained and qualified to teach a variety of styles of yoga; I specialise in Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga.
To me the most important aspect of Yoga is the union of the body, mind and soul. I practice this daily; I really listen and tune in to my body and in return I have never felt better inside my own body and how it responds to the world.
I invite you all to come and take a journey with me, whatever that journey may be. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

YAISA NIO

Yoga crossed my path for the first time in 2006 in Singapore, in one of those massive gyms. In 2008, I moved to Egypt to a little town void of yoga teachers, trading my multinational banking career for a job in scuba diving. I soon realised I couldn’t do without yoga and started a self-practice group with a bunch of friends. You could say that that was the beginning of my passion for teaching yoga. After completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training in India in 2013, I switched jobs again and have been teaching yoga ever since.

Blessed to be able to share my love for yoga in South Australia during the warmer months, I escape overseas for the rest of the year. I spend a few months a year in Bali running yoga teacher trainings.

As a true multistyle teacher and practitioner, Ashtanga is my first love but can’t do without a good dose of Yin. Hatha and Vinyasa are no strangers either. I enjoy practicing and teaching all these wonderful variations of yoga asana and integrate meditation and pranayama into my classes as well. To me, they are all essential components of the practice.

My belief is that no one size fits all. An appropriate yoga practice exists for each person, each situation, each need and I aim to bring that across with a down-to-earth and authentic approach.

 

SAMARA KATE

The first time I consciously chose to cultivate a regular yoga practice I was 11 years old and recovering from having a bone tumour removed. During my recovery I sensed the incredible therapeutic qualities of yoga. Once I recovered, I enjoyed being a child again and dabbled in the practice here and there. At the age of 19 I consciously chose to begin taking good care of myself, body, mind and spirit, and committed to a daily yoga practice which included meditation, pranayama and asana. I spent the next 2 years travelling, volunteering and having very little money, so my practice was self-taught from books, research and free online classes. I completed my teacher training in Costa Rica and began teaching free classes in Nicaragua while I worked on an off-grid permaculture farm. I returned home to Australia and have been teaching and immersing in on-going study for the past 6 years. I am constantly in awe of and inspired by the therapeutic and transformative potential of yoga and its ability to be modified to suit each individual journey. In my group classes I offer a safe space for students to come as they are and explore mindful movement with a focus on breath and bodily awareness to enable states of compassion and peace.

 

NICOLE ZINK

In reflection, the beginning of my Yoga practice began with the discovery of meditation in 2011. There was always an innate sense of knowing deep within me and I was searching for a way to connect more consciously to this awareness. The added bonus was that the practice began to cultivate a very positive impact for managing my anxiety and depression, so a spark was ignited for further inquiry.

Later, I found asana to complement my meditation practice, via an app on my phone Iyengar style. I’d literally roll out of bed onto my mat every morning and this home practice lasted around 2 years before exploring further. The first group practice I ever joined was at an ashram in the hinterlands just north of Sydney, where I volunteered for the weekend. Engaging in a variety of practices such as hatha, nidra, kirtan, mauna, karma and more, this experience was one that shifted my perspective and directed me on an even deeper path of self discovery. Following a 14 year hiatus in Sydney and travelling, more volunteer weekends at the ashram in the kitchen, on the permaculture farm, engaging in bush regeneration and a regular weekly practice, I returned home to Adelaide and became certified as a 200hr yoga teacher through Powerliving Adelaide in 2017.

I have come to learn that these beautiful practices I found to continually embrace me, was the anecdote to dealing with the outcomes of childhood trauma. I have a deep interest in understanding this journey and continue to expand my knowledge through further studies in bodywork, energy healing and mental health.

My teaching varies between different styles, but a more restorative yin, yoga nidra and mindfulness meditation is at the heart of my practice; the journey of diving inwards, reconnecting to the body and breath.

KIRSTY FINCH

“The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are, the second greatest is being happy with what you find”

After spending my twenties travelling the world and my thirties being a Mum, I found myself in my Forties on a yoga mat! Having spent a decade in a fast paced fitness industry and countless injuries, my body stopped talking to me and began screaming at me! So just after my fortieth birthday (I was a late starter!) I rolled out a yoga mat and have never looked back. Since then I have completed teacher trainings in Purna Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and several Yin trainings (Yin is my jam!) My yoga mat is an endless journey of self discovery. The body is such a great school of learning; it makes you pay attention, takes you inwards and it’s that body awareness that really fascinates me. It’s a path of learning to stay present in every moment~ the only place where life truly exists! What I have learnt so far, is the yoga is not what I do, it is who I am. Nothing makes me happier than sharing it with others.

I am so excited to be part of FY~ both as a student and as a teacher. Vin followed by Yin is my favourite combo! The body responds beautifully to a sweet balance of movement and stillness…..A warming energy and moving meditation of Vinyasa Flow followed by the slowing down and internal silence of Yin.

I so look forward to seeing you on the mat.

 

EMILY SCHNEIDER

I found Yoga through group meditation classes in my early 20’s. Since then I have developed a regular practice in Asana and Meditation. I have practiced many styles of Asana from Restorative, Gentle Hatha and Yin to Bikram, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ashtanga.

I started my 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2019 at 18 weeks pregnant (and had a baby half way through). I finished up the course in May and have since enjoyed teaching Hatha, Yin and Ashtanga. I have also completed a 30 hour Yin Yoga and TCM Meridians course and my 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in June 2021.

I have a deep love for sharing Yoga and believe that Yoga is for every body. Starting a teacher training pregnant has given me a passion for making Yoga accessible to everyone. Meeting you where you are at and working together to develop a sustainable practice.