OUR BYS TEACHERS
At Brisbane Yogaspace we are committed to providing the best yoga teachers that are highly qualified, experienced and passionate about sharing yoga…Join us at class or have a read here and learn a little more about our journey, inspirations and love of yoga…
Meet our Teachers:
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. Her decision to study to undergo yoga teacher training was to delve more deeply into the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga.
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.
Alana began exploring meditation, yoga, and philosophy 14 years ago, and is still exploring today. For Alana, movement is a conduit for embracing creative possibilities, confronting limiting beliefs, and experiencing wonder. Her classes are a journey through alignment focused movement, philosophy, and story telling. She also loves a challenge, so prepare to sweat!
She’s sat at the feet of many teachers to learn and grow, and is thankful to every single one of them. The asana style she teaches is drawn predominately from trainings with Power Living Australia, Evolve Yin Yoga, and continued practice with Cassie Lee. She’s also inspired by studies in tantric philosophy and meditation (including with Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maureen), somatic stress release with Dr Scott Lyons, and (slightly left of field) the physical theatre, butoh, and free movement. A perpetual student, Alana is currently completing a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology, where she’s examining embodied narrative and environmental perception.
Her favourite part of every class is the moment where a student lets go a little bit, opens a little bit, finds their softness, their wild, their wonder, their breath.
Moe has a deep interest in enhancing human performance. His introduction to yoga was initially to seek out a relaxing environment which fostered recovery from his other strenuous physical activities. Slowly, yoga became a major part of his physical activities and he saw immense benefits from the incorporation of yoga in his daily life. His practice is focused on the accuracy of alignments, creative sequencing and encouraging students to safely step beyond the physical and mental boundaries.
He is passionate about the mind body nexus and has interest in different styles of meditation with the purpose of improving one’s quality of life. He sees mindfulness as an essential tool for an individual to step outside the craziness of the mind and also sees yoga as an effective medium to practice the incorporation of mindfulness into daily life challenges.
For Moe, the most rewarding part of teaching yoga is observing the incremental improvements in his students’ physical and mental state which in return motivates him to have a stronger more focused personal practice.
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.
Sarah’s yoga journey began as a teen in the 90’s and developed into a regular practice approximately 15 years ago. Yoga spoke to Sarah on such a deep level that she was inspired to teach and gained accreditation as a yoga teacher in 2015. Her devotion to and love for the environment shines through her often-playful classes as they focus on evolving a deep sense of connection to our Earth home and community. She teaches with an intention to provide a compassionate, safe and supportive environment in which student’s can navigate through their personal boundaries to develop an innate sense of belonging. In her spare time, Sarah loves to travel, bushwalk, nurture her plants, dance, sing and play with friends.
Sarah holds a 200hr IYTA accreditation in Anusara-inspired Hatha Yoga and a 50hr YIN Yoga accreditation. She continues to develop her knowledge and understanding of yoga, currently undertaking a further 350hr accreditation focussing on yoga as a therapeutic physical, mental and spiritual offering.
Sarah’s offerings extend into environmental education, yoga, meditation and Ka Huna bodywork.
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 guocamole, 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.
Jaimee came to Yoga over a decade ago when her first class made it immediately clear that Yoga could support her through health challenges and emotional upheavals. Involved in different businesses and roles that involved individualized coaching, training and travel, Jaimee fell in love with the yoga community and made it her choice to always have yoga as her ‘big rock’ in life. Her personal practice and ongoing teacher training in the Iyengar method, and daily meditation practice, continues to bring resonance of truth, that we are all one, everything is impermanent, and that the true journey is within.
Jaimee has completed her 350hr teacher training with respected trainer Kate Pell, practices regularly with her teacher Jamie Denham, and is currently studying her 400hr teacher training with senior Iyengar teacher Simon Marrocco.
“Yoga Asana and meditation is an essential ingredient in surviving the pressures of modern life. Both teach me focus and resilience. They provide me the space and the tools to heal my body, not take life too seriously, and challenge me to be present in each and every moment.”Jaimee
Sheila has been practicing yoga for the past seven years, but her journey really began when she moved to Brisbane five years ago and found her teacher and mentor. While she continues to study and practice several different styles, her training in Anusara influences her practice and teachings by providing a focus on the beauty and delight the world holds, and finding the highest self, the divine, in all bodies, experiences, and challenges that life has to offer. Through a combination of soft and strong practice, she uses music, words, and the breath, to help students tap into themselves. Sheila aims to challenge your mind and your body, and to inspire people to bring the freedom and fullness they feel on the mat, into their lives and the world.