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Below is the Bendigo Yoga Festival Tribe of 2017 Teachers.

Annie Townsend

Annie Townsend

Insight Yoga

Annie is an experienced mental health practitioner and group facilitator (B.ED HONS, BSW HONS, M.ED La Trobe University, AASW). She has over 10 years of working in mental health with Beyond Blue and in her own private counseling practice, specialising in anxiety, depression and trauma management. Her work has taken her overseas working in humanitarian contexts such as Sudan, East Timor, Indonesia and parts of South East Asia as a staff counselor and child protection specialist for the UN and other NGO’s.

Annie has a Diploma of Raja Yoga (School of Santhi India) and qualifications in Vinyasa Flow (Yoga Trinity) and teaches yoga in Bendigo Victoria.

Annie’s style is unique and no class is the same. In her classes, Annie blends her learning’s from Raja Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, taking students through not just movement but a discovery of the meaning of asana through a mix of mythology, story telling and metaphor.

Gina Macauley

Gina Macauley

YogaHara Director

Gina’s Yoga journey began in the late 80s as a student and she has been teaching since 2009. Over her years of practice she discovered that there is no one style that best suits her body all the time and it is this philosophy that she brings to her teaching, giving her students the benefit of her combined influences to discover how best to work with their own body and mind to achieve their lifestyle goals. 

Gina has an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching through the Academy of Yoga Learning, a Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy through the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and is an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level II teacher in train ing (currently undertaking Certification). She is on the faculty of the Academy of Yoga Learning and Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy. She has also undertaken studies with Indian teachers AG and Indra Mohan.

Gina is a registered level II Yoga Australia member and has served on the Yoga Australia Victorian Committee. She is continually studying and practicing Yoga and is currently inspired by Leigh Blashki, Paul Wooden and Richard Miller.

Sarah Vanis

Sarah Vanis

Aligning Health

Sarah teaches the practice of Ayurveda Yoga. Her classes provide a therapeutic approach to the teachings of Yoga by working with the individual to retain health for mind, body and spirit. Sarah is the course owner of the newly accredited Diploma of Ayurveda Yoga Teaching offering a Yoga Teacher Training course based on the philosophies and practices of Ayurveda. 

A qualified chef, yoga teacher, teacher, counsellor and ayurveda consultant, Sarah brings over 20 years experience in food and health to help others restore health naturally teaching regular yoga classes, providing lectures in ayurveda and  personal consultations in yoga and ayurveda therapy. Her work has led her to practice in New Zealand and India under the guidance of senior Ayurveda and Yoga Teachers. 

Sarah is co-owner of the Aligning Health Wellness Retreat & Day Spa offering boutique accommodation with specially tailored packages to help restore health and wellbeing.

Donna Attewell

Donna Attewell

Donna Yoga, YogaHara

Donna’s speciality Deep Rest Yoga is the ultimate gift of relaxation and deep stillness, and can be used for those times when you feel weak, fatigued, or stressed from lifes demands or to maintain a calm and relaxed state of being.

A Deep Rest practice consists of yoga poses, pranayama, breath awareness exercises and mudras.

“I am a Bendigo based yoga teacher offering a variety of yoga classes. I have practiced Yoga and Meditation for 27 years and have been teaching Hatha Yoga for 13 years. My yoga draws from the different styles and traditions I have been taught over the years, a rich tapestry of knowledge and skills I wish to share in my classes.”

Nina Hakamies

Nina Hakamies

YogaHara

Nina has been studying various styles of yoga and mindfulness since 1995. She was a slow starter in yoga, but her hectic work and challenges of modern life led her to seek a more natural way of living and inner balance. In 2016, she completed the ‘Train the Trainer in Mindfulness’ course with Assoc. Prof. Craig Hassed at Monash University. In 2009, she studied with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff, in Australia, and graduated as an intermediate level Certified Yoga Teacher from the Knoff Yoga School and the International Yoga Alliance (RYT200).

Peta Hawker

Peta Hawker

YogaHara

Peta first began dabbling with yoga in 2011. As a writing student with a tendency to disappear into her head, Peta discovered that yoga could bring her back down to earth and back into her own body – an experience that truly surprised and astounded her. The opportunity to be truly present and alive in each moment saw Peta turn to yoga as a regular grounding practice. 

Due to having hypermobile joints, Peta has developed a passion for body awareness, alignment and containment. Peta loves teaching and hopes to aid students in developing mindfulness both on and off the mat. She is currently undertaking the Diploma of Yoga Teaching through the Academy of Yoga Learning and in 2015 completed her Yin Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga213. She is a registered level I Yoga Australia member.

Simon Phelan

Simon Phelan

Vitality Yoga

Simon graduated from  Yoga College of India in July 2009, in Palm Springs California.  Since then he has taught and practised in Los Angeles, New York city, Paris, Sydney and Rishikesh India . He also works as a guest teacher in Bali and 5 studios around Melbourne and now Bendigo.
 
Since this first training he has also trained in vinyasa, ashtanga, yin  and most recently pilates! Simon is also an Ayurvedic massage therapist.
 
“Yoga  really has changed my life and I love teaching . I am very grateful to the Yoga community world wide for providing me with the opportunity of continued growth as both a teacher and student.”
Claire Lebek

Claire Lebek

YogaHara

In 2016, Claire completed her Diploma of Yoga Teaching through The Academy of Yoga Learning in Melbourne. She has also trained in Yin Yoga, completing teacher trainings with Hugh Lee through Yoga213 and in Yin and mindfulness with Tina Nance at the School of Sacred Arts in Bali. She infuses this with her training and career in Nursing to bring about body awareness and a gentle and nurturing teaching style. She is a registered level I Yoga Australia member.

Nardine Ralph

Nardine Ralph

Vitality Yoga

Nardine trained with Vitality Yoga in 2010 and has been sharing her love of yoga with students ever since. Nardine is also a trained Body Balance Instructor.

A member of Yoga Australia, she has studied in Vinyasa Flow, Fit/Dynamic, Yin and Children’s Yoga and continues to deepen her knowledge and self enquiry through her own daily practice. Nardine shares her alignment based and breath centred practice with others enabling the simple joys and benefits of yoga along with the body awareness and understanding that comes from experiencing their own practice.

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, It’s what you learn on the way down”

Jacqui Bohuslav-Andrews

Jacqui Bohuslav-Andrews

Yoga Harmony

Jacqui Bohuslav-Andrews, a yoga teacher of nearly 20 years, originally studied hatha yoga at Melbourne’s Gita International Yoga School. Led by curiosity and self-inquiry, she completed post-graduate qualifications in Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM), traditional Yogic Meditation, Progressive Yoga Relaxation and Esoteric Philosophy. Today her teaching reflects her combined formal education, her life experience, her love of yoga and the self-discovery that emerges with this practice.

Today Jacqui offers classes, intensives & weekend yoga retreats in the gentle, quiet space at Over the Moon Yoga and Dance Studios, in Castlemaine, central Victoria. She frequently shares Mindfulness Meditation programs in corporate environments in both Melbourne and Sydney. Rejuventating Yoga retreats in Bali are also offered.

Amy Mcdonald

Amy Mcdonald

amymcdonald.com.au

Amy McDonald has been a student of Yoga for the past 30 years. She started teaching in 2009 and continues to work with her teacher – Noah Maze – to improve how she shares and facilitates her strong, smart and sweaty alignment-based Yoga classes. Amy teaches workshops and retreats for all levels of Yoga students, and she also coaches Yoga teachers around the world on the business of Yoga. Find out more about her at www.amymcdonald.com.au

Rachel Hanrahan

Rachel Hanrahan

Sacred Female Yoga

Rachel certified as a Hatha Yoga teacher in 2004 with an Adv.Diploma in Yoga teaching. She has post graduate study in many styles and traditions and has continued to seek and explore the voice of the feminine in yoga.

She is a certified prenatal yoga and birth attendant, Sacred Female Yoga teacher trainer, Tigress Yoga instructor, iRest yoga nidra certified instructor, sound healing facilitator, restorative yoga specialist and level 1 somatic movement educator.

She has trained with many teachers with her current influences being Devashi Shakit, Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater and Dr.Richard Miller.  

Graciana Holland

Graciana Holland

Ever wanted to do a vinyasa class to live music? Here is your chance.

Local song-writer and performer, Graciana Holland will be playing her sweet tunes oat the Bendigo Yoga festival

About Graciana Holland
Growing up with The Hollands! and touring full time, Graciana was given the opportunity to explore new cultures and traditions, traveling throughout the USA, Canada, SE Asia and Australia.

She is an accomplished songwriter and composer and plays guitar, ukulele, and piano but her voice is the stand out.

With a delicate delivery, Graciana keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wanting to hear more.

Terrie Dempster

Terrie Dempster

YogaCircle

Terrie’s yoga journey has seen her practicing through a wide variety of yoga styles, from crowded Vinyasa classes in Bali and Thailand to ‘one on one’ Guru and student, Hatha practice and study in Cambodia.

From here, Terrie decided that it was time to deepen her practice and so completed her 200 YTT through Vitality Yoga Bendigo in 2016. Added to this, Terrie has gained certificates in Vinyasa flow with Vanessa Rudge of Being Yoga, Yoga Therapy for Kids with Zenergy Yoga and studies in Mindfulness in the Classroom. These last two trainings help support Terrie in her work as a senior teacher of History and Sociology and Girton Grammar School Bendigo.

Terrie currently teaches yoga to sports people at the Athletics track in Retreat Rd Bendigo and has, in her own words “the honour” of teaching yoga to students at Girton Grammar School: “Making connections with students and helping to support their studies by including the practices of yoga is an honour and a gift”.

Natalie Jenkins

Natalie Jenkins

Swan Yoga Bliss – Swan Hill

Natalie is a passionate yogini who loves nothing more than to share from the heart her understanding of the rich teachings of yoga with others. Her experience spans 2 decades of deep self-study, practice & yoga teaching experience. Originally trained in the Satyananda/Bihar Yoga tradition, Nat now embraces a full embodied movement meditation practice & is currently immersed in the first wave of Prana Vinyasa (as cultivated by Shiva Rea) Teachers to be trained here in Australia.

Having also recently completed a Diploma in Ayurveda Counselling with the College of Body, Mind & Spirit means that her classes have a strong focus on the 5 great elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Ether and working with the vinyasa’s or cycles of life, for greater vitality and health on all levels.

Nat is a mother of 4, based in Swan Hill where she runs her yoga business – Swan Yoga Bliss. And can often be found on the banks of the beautiful Murray River there teaching classes, or on the sand dunes of Mungo National Park running intimate Full Moon yoga retreats.

Kehry Frank

Kehry Frank

Vitality Yoga

A qualified teacher for more than thirty years, Kehry is the founder of Vitality Yoga, co-founder of the Vitality Yoga Teacher Training Course, Kinesiologist and Feng Shui consultant.

Kerhy is also a qualified nurse and highly respected natural therapist of many modalities providing her with a strong knowledge of the physical and energetic body and the connection between the two.

Kehry developed Vitality Yoga when she saw the need to develop a style of yoga that was more accessible and suitable for the average person’s body and lifestyle.

Her extremely successful integration of Hatha postures and other healing modalities will guide you through a unique yoga experience, helping you develop a deep awareness of ways to self heal, in a harmonious and nurturing environment. Kehry is the senior teacher on the Vitality Yoga Teacher Training course and has trained many of Bendigo’s yoga teachers.

Nathaniel Muller

Nathaniel Muller

Oki-Do Yoga

A teacher of OkiDo yoga for over 20 years, Nathaniel has made a life out of assisting people in the art of self-transformation. The purpose of this yoga is to orient our life-force towards a richer, meaningful life. Using yoga and zen buddhism as a foundation, you can expand your body and mind horizons to enable you to do your best, in all that you do. An emmensely practical approach to yoga that encompasses many, varied practices that have been shown to help transform all aspects of your physical, emotional and mental well-being. 

With practice, you can align your body, mind and breath for physical, mantal and emotional stability to call forth your ability to be a bearer of love and compassion. We call this “Life-training”, a way to incorporate all aspects of your potential. This is not a set of rigid exercises or set of ideas. This yoga asks you to bring forth everything you are, everything you wish to be. Through enhancing your life-force potential, you will be more able to guide yourself. and to ignite what is already within you.

Swami Prema Ananda

Swami Prema Ananda

Swami Prema Ananda has dedicated the past 40 year of her life to Hatha Yoga.

Her teachings, research and experience in the science of Hatha yoga are second to none. Through her dedication and diligence has created a skills to “just know” what her students need, physically and mentally. Because of this, Swami Prema Ananda is a sort after presenter as an expert in the field of restorative Hatha Yoga.

She has, over the past 15 years, chosen to share her vast knowledge by training Yoga Teachers at her Inner Cor Yoga Academy believing that Hatha Yoga is one of the best yoga practises to achieve peace, calm, strength and most importantly living a “whole mind and body experience.”

Swami Prema Ananda is physically and mentally flexible, youthful, and has a dynamic personality which makes learning from her an exciting experience which is also fun. Swami has been trained by Australia’s most known Yogis Roma Blair and Joy McIntosh.

Swami Atmamuktananda

Swami Atmamuktananda

Rocklyn Yoga Ashram

Swami Atmamuktananda (known as Sw. Atma) entered the Bihar School of Yoga Ashram, India in 1979. In the late 80’s she returned to Australia to continue living in the ashrams and teaching all aspects of yoga, yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle in the Satyananda system of yoga.

Sw. Atma is the Acharya and Director of the Rocklyn Yoga Ashram near Daylesford.

 

Gyanmitra

Gyanmitra

Rocklyn Yoga Ashram

Gyanmitra lives at Rocklyn Yoga Ashram (near Daylesford), and is an experienced practitioner and teacher of the Satyananda Yoga tradition. She has spent over 10 years living and teaching in Satyananda Yoga ashrams in India and Australia. She has conducted yoga classes, retreats, workshops and lectures in Australia, India and Indonesia sharing the different branches of yogic teachings.

Gyanmitra’s classes are infused with the practical application of yogic tools in daily life, in cultivating awareness and awakening one’s true potential, and developing the art of living consciously. Gyanmitra combines tradition and training with a practical and down to earth approach making the ancient teachings and traditions of yoga accessible to all, regardless of age, ability or experience of yoga.

Katie Sutton

Katie Sutton

Vitality Yoga

With over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, Katie is a leader in exercise physiology and group fitness and we are delighted to have Katie training with us as a yoga teacher. Because of her extensive exercise background, Katie’s classes will offer a different take on familiar postures. Her effervescent, caring nature makes for an equally fun and restorative class.

Kate Robinson

Kate Robinson

Vitality Yoga

Yoga is a part of Kate’s daily life; living from her heart and bringing gentleness and love into her daily interactions. Vitality-trained, Kate’s classes focus on connection to breath and movement, creating a rhythmic flow that supports you to honour your body and soul.

Kate completed her Yin teacher training in 2015, with renowned leading Yin teacher trainer Jennifer Crescenzo from Luminous yoga. 

Yin yoga is an opportunity to slow down, observe your body, breathe and draw awareness within…
Kate helps support practitioners to be gentle with their thoughts, loving with their actions and create a space within themselves to connect, release and let go physically, emotionally and energetically.

Maxine Hawker

Maxine Hawker

YogaHara

Maxine has been leading meditation for three years and has trained under many teachers. She is warm and caring, and you will feel comfortable in her presence.

Denise Davis

Denise Davis

Denise studied sound therapy in France, United States, United Kingdom and Australia with Chris James, Fabien Maman, Tom Kenyon and Joachim Marz. Since 1998 she has facilitated Power of Sound workshops in Victoria and Tasmania and tutored at Adult Education in Tasmania from 2007 to 2010.  

Denise returned to Melbourne in 2013 and has been conducting crystal bowl and vocal toning workshops and live performances including the Mind Body Spirit Festival in 2013, 2014 & 2016 and various psychic festivals across Victoria. Denise also conducts individual sessions including monochord sound table, guided imagery and soul coaching.

Denise has released a CD entitled Resonant Sounds, which will be available at the festival.

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