Our BYS TEACHERS
At Brisbane Yoga Space we are committed to providing the best yoga teachers that are highly qualified and experienced, dedicated and passionate about sharing yoga. Join us at class or have a read here about the benefits of yoga and learn a little more about our personal journey, inspirations and love of yoga.
Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice:
Yoga has innumerable benefits from the physical body including increased flexibility, strength and mobility and to helping prevent injury. Yoga Postures (asana), breathwork practises (pranayama) and meditation (dharana and dhyana) helps focus the mind and balance the nervous system helping regular practitioners manage stress better, as well as improve sleep quality and overall well-being. Beyond the benefits to our physical body and mind, yoga can also help us connect to our spirit or bliss state of being or a deeper sense of Self, calm and centre.
Meet our Teachers:
Brisbane Yoga Space Owner & Director
YAI-RYT 500 GoldRead more about Jacqui
Brisbane Yoga Space Director and Owner, Jacqui is a Yoga Alliance GOLD level teacher and has been studying and practising Yoga for over 15 years and began teaching in 2006. Since opening Brisbane YogaSpace in 2008 (originally in Red Hill), Jacqui continues the lifelong journey of growth, sharing and discovery of the infinite and profound facets of Yoga.
Originally attracted to the wholeness, balance and meditative bliss of Classical Hatha yoga, Jacqui has also studied Iyengar, My Health Yoga, Radiant Light Yoga, Laughing Lotus and Sivananda Yoga to now teach her balance of Hatha Flow Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga with deep awareness on the flow of prana, our vital life force, developed together with inner poise, strength, grace and mindfulness of classical Yoga.
Our Kids Yoga Teacher Debbie has practised yoga for about 15 years but found it’s benefits particularly invaluable during a very challenging time in her life. Working in a school environment, Debbie who is also a Certified Health Coach is passionate about educating the benefits of living a healthy and holistic lifestyle incorporating yoga to children and teens.Debbie completed her Teacher training at BYS in December 2017 and credits it with helping her become more self-confident, resilient, grateful, physically stronger and content in her everyday life. Debbie is passionate about helping kids and families benefit whilst growing in spirit and strength with yoga.
Emily is a former lawyer turned yoga teacher, she has been practicing yoga since her first year of University in 1997 and it has been a constant companion through all of her adventures in life since. Yoga has become an essential tool for Emily to cultivate the calm mind, strong body and positive outlook she relies on to be the best version of herself.
Brisbane Yoga Space is Emily’s home away from home and she recently deepened her practice by completing 250+ hour Vinyasa teacher training with her mentors Jacqui and Heather. What began as a quest for the perfect ‘crow’ pose evolved into an integrated body, mind and soul practice, and a strong desire to share her love of yoga through teaching. Emily believes that the way we ‘do’ our yoga is the way we ‘do’ our life and that the lessons in discipline, humility, restraint, strength and awareness serve us both on the mat and in our every day.
Emily’s Vinyasa classes are thoughtfully sequenced to build strength, flexibility and concentration and her Restorative classes are a tonic for our hectic lives..to combat that feeling of overdrive and cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation as you let tension and stress melt away from your body, mind and soul.
My name is Petra and I am originally from Bohemia, Czech Republic.
I am a student and passionate Montessori teacher and coach….A quote, realization that yoga path brought into my everyday life:
‘Yoga is not going to make you great.
Yoga is going to make you you.’ I have practiced yoga for nearly ten years. My yoga practice was firstly impacted by gurus in San Francisco, California where my journey begun. Then it took place around Europe where I have gone from Bikram Yoga through Flow to Ashtanga. Now finally, here I am Australia and Brisbane, itself, the place where I have obtained my teaching qualification. And yoga, together with Montessori, has become my way of living. At the moment, I teach Vinyasa Flow classes at BYS for all levels and Our Wednesday afternoon KIDS YOGA. Live in peace and harmony with just the way you are.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the mat.
Louise considers herself an ‘experiential guide.’ Utilising and sharing her accumulated insights, skills and techniques, she creates a safe space and facilitates self-exploration for her students and clients through the experience of movement, mindfulness and reflection.
Informed by 20+ years of experiences and training in modalities including but not limited to: Homeopathy, Yoga, Theta Healing, Vipassana Meditation, Crystals, Reiki, Chakras, and Wellness Coaching. Louise hopes to inspire and help others transform and live their lives as their best self.
Louise has been practising yoga and meditation for over 15 years and has been teaching since 2015. She is a compassionate and mindful guide who, in recognising and valuing the journey of the individual, counsels students/clients with their pace and body type in mind.
Taking great care in cultivating confidence, awareness and insight into body, mind and soul. Her classes/sessions provoke connections and meaning for the student/client to draw experience from. Resulting in tangible changes in an individuals’ home and work life including; increased positivity and energy, stress relief, alleviated ailments and improved concentration, focus and creativity.
Katie is a passionate teacher who lives and breathes yoga! She completed her first teacher training with Yogi Nomad in Nepal in 2012. Inspired by her teachers, she completed further studies with Ayurveda College in Byron Bay and the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai in 2013. Katie has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Yoga Therapy (Yoga Therapy Australia.
Forever grateful to the way yoga continues to enrich her life and the incredible people who cross her path Katie can’t wait to share yoga with you. Teaching a creative vinyasa flow style come to her classes to move and breathe, to open your heart and open your mind and have your own personal and unique experience.
Heather first stepped onto a yoga mat at university in 1981 when she was dragged to her first class and floated out the door. A qualified Mountain Guide since 1985 and Certified Fitness Professional since 1990, she has an ongoing love of the outdoors, cycling, swimming and running. She commenced her RYT 200 teacher training certification with Julie Smerdon in 2013. In 2014 she graduated from the Sianna Sherman Yoga Academy in Los Angeles with a further RYT 200 teacher training certification.
Heather’s classes are challenging and informative with an emphasis on physical alignment, whilst drawing on her love of myth, mudra and mantra to guide your practice. She believes a consistent yoga practice helps you achieve your highest level of wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, because, as Heather realised after her very first yoga class, the lessons learned on the mat are lessons for life.
Maitha has dabbled in yoga since she was a small child, when she used to watch tv in shoulder stand. She has practiced on and off for years but only became really serious about it after she had her second child. Maitha loves the union of mind, body and breath that you get from a regular yoga practice and most importantly, strives to help others achieve their yoga goals through a sense of Lila (fun) and joy, on and off the mat.
She graduated from 250Hour Level 1 vinyasa training at BYS in 2017 and loves teaching at the studio and some corporate yoga!
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 10 years, I’m continuously amazed and humbled by the power of this practice both on and off the mat.
Formerly a certified Black Belt Nia teacher Anya has completed her RYT 200 teacher training certification at Shri Yoga with Julie Smerdon. She combines alignment and flow with inner awareness and world music into a blissful movement experience. Anya has been facilitating conscious movement classes and retreats in Australia and Internationally for over 15 years. Anya’s philosophy is that synergy of Breath, Music and Movement connects us to universal joy, fosters communities, and provides transformational pathways towards conscious living.
Suzie is a yoga teacher, mum, business owner, and lover of guacamole, coffee and good conversation. She has been practising yoga for a decade and after wanting to connect on a deeper level undertook her 250+ hour yoga teacher training at Brisbane Yoga Space. Whether it’s through a yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over coffee about life goals, her mission is to help people connect to themselves and others, deeply, wholeheartedly and courageously.
Suzie believes the practise of yoga is simple, be yourself. She believes that showing up for yourself is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. She’s passionate about encouraging others to move, breathe, feel, and heal on and off their yoga mats. And she hopes that her students walk away with a little nugget of wisdom about themselves and humanity each practise.
Our wonderful teacher Dee is back to teaching with us at the studio after recent overseas travel and teaches our Slow Flow (Yoga Foundations) class Tuesday nights @7.30pm. Dee trained with Keren and Jacqui @BYS in our 2014 Yoga Teacher Training and continues to be a lifelong student and explorer of all yoga can offer!
She shares a holistic and inspiring class blending the physical practise and breathwork with mindfulness as you learn solid foundations for your yoga journey!
Katie’s ‘Flow & Glow’ vinyasa classes are focused on connecting the mind, body and breath to let go of what no longer serves us and to generate positivity in our daily lives.
With a background in practicing yoga to help improve mobility, Katie deepened her connection with the mat whilst living in Melbourne. She now enjoys yoga as a way of balancing life’s challenges and to help find joy in the simple things in life. Katie is committed to being a life long student of yoga and completed her 250+ hour teacher training with Brisbane Yoga Space in 2020.
Tamara first discovered yoga quite by accident as a young child, popping up into a shoulder stand while copying her older sisters. Back then it didn’t have a name, it was just fun.
Discovering meditation as a teenager was the start of a lifelong fascination with the science of the mind. With qualifications in psychology, hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming, coaching and mental health first aid, Tamara’s passion for yoga grew as it helped her connect with her body and live more from her heart than her head.
A lover of lifelong learning, Tamara completed her 250+ hour teacher training with Brisbane Yoga Space in 2020. Through mindful movement, breathing and alignment, Tamara’s classes focus on building confidence through connection with the Self.