Meet our teacher trainers
The Purna method John teaches focuses on correct alignment. His teaching covers the basics with additional emphasis on refining alignment, corrections and adjustments. John’s teaching style is entertaining and completely accessible. His instructions are clear and simple, always with a focus on keeping his students safe and encouraging them to listen to their own body’s needs and only work at a level appropriate to the individual, at any given time.
John encourages students at all levels to build flexibility, strength and stamina of body, mind and spirit. Many students discover, as a consequence, that yoga becomes a way of life.
He teaches meditation and Hindu philosophy on retreats and teacher training at the Centre. His style is light-hearted, humorous, engaging and fun. Along with his wife Bettina, Stephan regularly travels to India to deepen his practice.
Michael seeks to incorporate the ethical and moral teachings of yoga into his classes, as well as pranayama and meditation, and delivers on the teacher trainings as well as teaching regular general classes at the Centre.
Kara teaches yoga asana, pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation) safely and joyfully, giving students the opportunity to deepen their awareness and practice with integrity and fun. She is constantly updating her skills and expanding her yoga teaching experience. Kara is part of the teacher training staff at Byron Yoga Centre.
Davina’s yoga classes always include pranayama and dhyana. Davina guides students through an awareness of body, mind and breath and her teaching assists participants to explore life motivations and goals and ultimately become more fully present. Davina is also deeply influenced by the teachings of Buddha and has studied meditation and pranayama in India and Australia. Meditation teacher and psychologist Radha Nicholson continues to guide Davina in her ongoing study of the teachings. Regular yoga and meditation practice has transformed Davina’s life, cultivating a new realm of inner peace, strength and serenity.
Chloe believes that everyone can enjoy different aspects of yoga and likes to include philosophy, pranayama and meditation in her flow classes. Chloe teaches regular classes for Byron Yoga Centre, and at other studios in the Byron shire. She also works on the level one and two teacher trainings.
She focuses on teaching teachers how to avoid injuries and strains and how to give alternatives and props to injured students. Maria has trained with Louise Soloman at Yogalates, Peter Clifford, Libby Nelson and Simon Borg Olivier.
Over time Lila completed her Level 1 and 2 training, and moved to Byron Bay. She teaches regular asana classes at the centre, is a qualified Massage Therapist, and teaches on the teacher training courses. Lila is passionate to share her love of yoga through Kirtan [spiritual chanting], and also teaches Ayurveda on the courses.
Michael started practicing yoga in 2006 to help his recovery from a spinal injury. He was initially drawn to Iyengar and hatha classes before moving into the more dynamic Ashtanga and Jivamuki styles. After completing his teacher training with Byron Yoga Centre in 2012 he began teaching at Yoga Well in Sydney. Michael has been working at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre since moving to Byron in 2013.
At the Byron Street Studio, Michael offers classes that combine his background in alignment focused Purna and Iyengar along with dynamic and strengthening postures linked to create a nurturing sequence. His method is to continuously bring students back to their breath so his classes become a moving meditation.
Her astute knowledge of the body and its movement is central to the core of her teaching to both students and teachers alike. She encourages her students to move beyond their perceived limitations, while working at an individual pace with grace and core stability. From her studio in St Ives, Sydney, Judy specialises in teacher training programs that are therapy based and conducts numerous workshops and masterclasses.
Judy is known both here in Australia and internationally, and travels worldwide teaching at conferences, retreats and conducting training programs for teachers. From her studio in St Ives, Sydney, Judy specialises in teacher training programs that are therapy based and conducts numerous workshops and masterclasses.
Ana also conducts regular pre/postnatal teacher training intensives at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
She has taught anatomy and physiology on Byron Yoga Teacher Trainings, lectured for the Victorian Fitness Academy on Cert IV and Diploma in Fitness and she regularly leads these nationally registered and accredited Mat Pilates teacher training courses.
Meet our teachers
Bettina’s classes emphasise the core, pelvic floor and the bandhas. Bettina has been lucky to meet with and learn from several spiritual masters, including B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabi Jois, T.K.V. Desikachar and Clive Sheridan.
She has been on the yogic path for most of her life. Yoga helped her recover from injury when she was a member of Canada’s national gymnastics team. It sustained her through a globetrotting marketing career. Arriving in Sydney in 2000 she became a student of Yoga Synergy and Dharma Shala. In 2008 she moved to Byron Bay to complete her 500 hour teacher training with Byron Yoga Centre.
Every class incorporates a strong focus on the breath and elements of mindfulness meditation. Her classes are suitable for beginner to advanced. She has a breadth of experience having a foundation in Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga. Kirsty finds great joy and gratitude to be able to wake up near the ocean each day and to share the benefits of yoga.
Gitam was instrumental in the creation of the Byron Yoga Centre kitchen and her skills in providing trainee yoga teachers and retreat participants with cleansing, nourishing and delicious food has led to the publication of her book ‘Gitam’s Garden – Healthy Sattvic Recipes from the Byron Yoga Kitchen’.
Danielle is passionate about chanting, pranayama and meditation and teaches Anatomy and Physiology on the Yoga Teacher Trainer courses.
In 2008 Wong moved from Malaysia to Australia where she began training with the Byron Yoga Centre. Wong’s classes combine dynamic core work with more gentle asanas to encourage students to enquire within and find stillness within.
Jessica began practicing Iyengar yoga as a university student in 2004. She was impressed by how much healthier she felt and, as a philosophy student (studying western philosophy), she was drawn to the eastern philosophy that it introduced.
She soon aspired to one day become a yoga teacher and this dream came to fruition in 2011 when she completed her 200 hour teacher training in vinyasa power yoga. Jess moved to Byron in 2012 and completed the level 2 training with Byron Yoga Centre.
All of her classes aim to encourage students to work with their own body, to nurture themselves and approach yoga from a place of curiosity and acceptance.
Qualifying as a teacher after nearly 20 years practice, Becky gained her Level 1 with Yoga Arts and then taught in Bali before returning to Byron for three months of workshops with her primary teacher, Dena Kinsberg. Becky did her Level 2 with Byron Yoga Centre and assists on the Purna teacher training courses.
Becky has studied with many inspiring teachers in Byron Bay, India, London, Miami and Asia including Dena Kinsberg, John Ogilvie, Louisa Sear, Matthew Sweeney, Simon Borg Olivier, John Scott, Kino MacGregor, plus Pattabhi Jois and Sharath.
Becky has an obvious passion for teaching and passing on the knowledge built up through 20 years experience.
In 2012 she moved to Byron Bay and completed her Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training with the Byron Yoga Centre. Anna has since been a regular teacher at the Byron Street Studio and is part of the team working at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
The practice of Yoga has taught her many things, especially to be kind to herself, using the discipline as an opportunity to slow down and to reconnect to the present moment.
Anna teaches a beautiful heart opening flow that leaves you feeling grounded and ready for the day ahead.
After realising how much yoga had changed his life he left Europe for Byron Bay to be trained as a teacher by John Ogilvie. Since completing his Certificate IV Roberto has undertaken Tantric training in at the Osho Meditation Centre in Tuscany and with The Australian School of Tantra in Byron Bay.
Roberto teaches regular classes at the Byron Yoga Centre. His style is dynamic vinyasa flow with a deep focus on breath, pranayama and meditation