Meet our teachers
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.
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.
She began teaching Iyengar-influenced yoga in 2002 after apprenticing with her first teacher. A few years later, Marita discovered vinyasa yoga, and relished the freedom of flowing through movement and connecting with breath – her yoga practice became a moving meditation. Marita’s teaching can now be described as alignment-based vinyasa.
When teaching, Marita aims to instill the peace and happiness that she experiences through yoga within her students. By both challenging and nurturing, she teaches people to stretch and strengthen their muscles, but also to breathe, to stand tall, and to live with compassion.
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.
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.
Ana also conducts regular pre/postnatal teacher training intensives at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
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.
He is also a teacher (and a student) of yogic philosophy and weaves this learning into his yoga classes, allowing students to experience valuable insights.
Having found Bhaktivedanta Yoga 13 years ago, Madhava has since been a devoted student of Yoga. He is now a 500-hr Certified Yoga Teacher, completing both his Level 1 and Level 2 at Byron Yoga Centre.
Madhava is a very passionate soul, spending his time studying Vedanta, and practicing handstands at the beach!
In 2012 she travelled to Chiang Mai where she undertook her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Hatha Yoga along with a diploma in Hypnotherapy. She then returned to Melbourne where she managed and taught full time at Nth Yoga for two years before moving to Byron Bay in 2015.
Natalie completed her Level 2 and Cert IV at Byron Yoga Centre and fell in love with not only Byron Bay but Byron Yoga Centre and never left! Natalie is passionate about creating a nurturing environment for the students to enable them to learn and grow in the journey of becoming a teacher trainer.
Qualifying as a teacher after nearly 20 years of practice, Becky gained her Level 1 with Yoga Arts and then taught in Bali before returning to Byron in 2014 to undertake a three-year part time training (2,000 hours!) with her primary teacher, Dena Kinsberg.
Becky has studied with many other inspiring teachers in Byron Bay, India, London, Miami and Asia including John Ogilvie, Louisa Sear, Matthew Sweeney, Simon Borg Olivier, John Scott, Jason Crandell plus is grateful to have joined workshops with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath.
Becky did her Level 2 with Byron Yoga Centre and now splits her time between teaching and working on marketing for Byron Yoga Retreat Centre. She has an obvious passion for teaching and passing on the knowledge built up through over 20 years experience.
Coming from a dance background, Chloe has had a daily practice for 10 years. She has been teaching since 2007 and training yoga teachers at Byron Yoga Centre for four years. Her degree in Physical Education and Sports Science and her experience in teaching High School students lends itself to teaching yoga.
Chloe has the 800 hour Certificate IV from Byron Yoga Centre. She has studied with renowned teachers Clive Sheridan and John Ogilvie but her experience in India was the catalyst for developing yoga as her lifestyle. She studied asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy under Swami Brahman and Saji Ramaswamy.
Chloe has taught in the UK, Australia, Indonesia, Bali, Hong Kong and Portugal. She believes that everyone can enjoy different aspects of yoga and ensures her classes are accessible for all.
Completing her 500 hour with Byron Yoga, and continued her yoga education with Simon Borg-Oliver, Amy Ipolliti, & Tiffany Cruickshank. Deborah found herself drawn to mix the Purna style with Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga for a balanced approach.
Deborah now runs Hobart Part Time Teacher Trainings with Byron Yoga at her IXL Lounge Studios.
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.
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.
Introduced to yoga in Byron Bay in 1997. Trained in the USA as a Hatha Yoga teacher in 2000. In 2011 completed Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching at the Byron Yoga Centre and became an integral part of the Byron Yoga Centre teaching team. With two trainings in Yoga Therapy, a Pre and Post Natal yoga training plus experience as a teacher trainer for Bliss Baby Yoga, studies in Yoga Nidra, meditation, pranayama and yin Tara has plenty of experience to draw upon.
Her practice began in 2007, and Jade has now completed trainings, workshops and immersions in Indonesia, India and Australia, undertaking the 800 hour Cert IV with Byron Yoga Centre.
Pre Byron Bay yogi life, Jade travelled all over the world, working as a branding executive based in London. Since having her daughter she has shifted focus and now works on teacher trainings, retreats and teaches studio classes with Byron Yoga Centre. Jade’s warm, funny and genuinely passionate nature shine through in her teaching.
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.
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’.
The unique combination of Vinyasa Flow and Yin styles that Caitlin primarily teaches creates a dynamic blend of balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. Caitlin’s modality of yoga can be used for fitness, relaxation and as part of the therapeutic process of rehabilitation and recovery.
As a mother of three, Caitlin’s extensive knowledge of Pre and Post Natal Yoga gives her the opportunity to support expectant mothers and new mothers. Special interests that Caitlin freely shares with her yoga pupils include: diet, nutrition and meditation.
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.
In 2010 she started a self-discovery adventure leaving Brazil for Findhorn in Scotland. She then she moved to Totnes in Devon, UK for a Master Degree where she learned more about herself and yoga, meditation and astrology. From there she travelled to different spiritual and sustainable communities on different continents.
Back in Brazil in 2013 Tabata lived at a Tantric Ashram studying Biopsychology and Tantra. From that moment on her yoga teaching started to develop and she found her personal style of teaching – the combination of her passions: Yoga and Astrology.
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.
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.
Danielle is passionate about chanting, pranayama and meditation and teaches Anatomy and Physiology on the Yoga Teacher Trainer courses.
Perfect for beginner to intermediate students, Sarah focuses on key alignment points and experiments with flow, inviting you to feel into your own rhythm.
Originally drawn to yoga and meditation as tools for personal healing, her dedicated practice continues to bring vitality and balance into her life.
She completed the Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching and began teaching at the Byron Yoga Centre in 2014. Sarah is passionate about creating playful and energising classes that deeply nourish the soul and enrich your life.
Caitlin trained in Hatha Vinyasa in Bali in 2014 and has completed her Purna Teacher Training with Byron Yoga Centre. She is one of the retreat hosts at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre and loves sharing her passion of yoga, Ayurveda and wellbeing with guests.
He brings over 6 years of dedicated yoga practice and a wealth of holistic experience to complement his Byron Yoga Centre Level 1 Teacher Training: a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy, study of Osteopathy at Southern Cross University, a background as a personal trainer along with a passion and skill for Free-diving – which gives him insight into some of the physiological responses of pranayama and meditation.
Jeremy sees a major benefit of yoga as a unique way of connecting the systems of the body together as a single unit – particular the nervous and endocrine systems. He encourages students to seek an unimpeded flow of Prana and aims to help people find a healthy, peaceful yet exciting connection with their body and mind.