Our Yogis - Introducing Anna

Yoga has had a profound and lasting impact on all of us at Byron Yoga Centre. Get to know our team members and their personal yoga stories.


How did your yoga journey start?

I remember first practising yoga at school when I was in my final year. I struggled with the stillness and craved to be outdoors running. In my early 20s I dabbled in classes at the gym but it wasn’t until a holiday in Byron Bay that I found a class that shifted my focus towards the greatness of yoga.  The teacher was so passionate and shared so much love for the practice it was hard not to take some of his enthusiasm away. Since that class, yoga has become a huge part of my life. I couldn’t imagine stepping forward without it.    

Why did you become a yoga teacher?  


Our Yogis - Introducing Gitam


Meet Gitam, Senior Yoga Teacher and author of Gitam's Garden - Healthy Sattvic Recipes from the Byron Yoga Kitchen


Healing through yoga therapy

Maria Kirsten teaches Yoga Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology at Byron Yoga Centre, educating yoga teacher trainees about the importance of safety and support in the yoga studio. A yoga therapist, she lectures on yoga asana and anatomy around Australia and the world, and teaches yoga classes in Lennox Head. In this article, Maria talks about yoga therapy and why this specialty training is so important for all yoga teachers.


Our Yogis - Introducing Tara

1. How did your yoga journey start?
My yoga journey started in 1993 when I was 17 years old, although I only realised this last year.  I remember being at a house party and a group of us girls were sitting on the floor. I put my legs into full lotus (without ever having seen this before). It just happened and I remember thinking this is a neat way to sit. Then an older girl walked past and rudely said "Why are you sitting like that?" I immediately uncrossed my legs and vowed to never try that again.


The pathless path: the meaning of yoga

Yoga has been around for literally thousands of years. Can something so old still be relevant in 2014? Dana Burrows put this question to Byron Yoga Centre’s philosophy teacher, Swami Pujan.

Like so many who come through Byron Yoga Centre on retreat or as yoga students, I love having philosophical discussions with Swami Pujan. His interpretation of the yogic philosophy is light-hearted yet poignant, and he always explains these ancient tenets in such a way that makes sense in today’s modern world. So I asked Swami Pujan two simple questions: what is yoga? and is it still relevant today? In wonderful Swami Pujan style, we spent the next hour animatedly uncovering the mysteries of yoga.


Our Yogis - Introducing Chloe

Yoga has had a profound and lasting impact on all of us at Byron Yoga Centre. Here, we share the yoga stories from our team members...

Meet regular Byron Yoga Centre teacher (and divine cuisine creator), Chloe.


Our Yogis - Introducing Bettina

Yoga has had a profound and lasting impact on all of us at Byron Yoga Centre. Here, we share the yoga stories from our team members...


Meet regular Byron Yoga Centre teacher, Bettina.


Our Yogis - introducing Jess

Yoga has had a profound and lasting impact on all of us at Byron Yoga Centre. Here, we share the yoga stories from our team members...

Meet Yoga Teacher and Retreat Coordinator, Jess


Try yoga for free at the Evolve festival

– it could change your life

Kirsty Nugent - Newsletter Editor: Tell me a bit about the Evolve festival?

Miranda Burne - Director Evolve Festival: Evolve brings together the yoga community for a weekend and offers participants a huge variety of yoga classes from different traditions. If you regularly practice one particular style of yoga, Evolve gives you the opportunity to try something different.  There are also pranayama and meditation sessions you can attend as well as dance, chanting and lots of interesting discussions and presentations. So you don't have to do asana all day long!

Kirsty Nugent: I’ve heard you’ve included a new program at the next festival being held in Melbourne where yoga is free for beginners.

Miranda Burne: Yes, it’s called B-Free. Evolve recognises that we attract hundreds of regular yoga practitioners to our festivals, which is a wonderful thing, however we are also keen to share and promote yoga to as many people as possible as there are so many benefits to be gained from practicing yoga and living a more natural life.
B-Free was developed to help expose a wider audience to the benefits of yoga and encourage our friends and loved ones who might not think it’s a practice for them to join us at the festival.

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