I started practising the Bikram yoga back in 1997. Little did I know how far it would take me. I went to teacher training in the summer of 1999. From there I came back and was co-owner of the Harbord school in Sydney, Australia. At the time it was the only school in Australia. In 2002 I went my own way and opened the tremendously successful Bikram yoga Darlinghurst.
For the last 20 years I have been exposed to every facet of the Bikram world. From day to day school activities to competing in the yoga competitions both in Australia and Internationally. I have taught all around Australia and Internationally. I have assisted at teacher training.
I am straight down the line Bikram. I believe in the series being delivered as Bikram has decreed. Change nothing, don’t add anything.The class is, and only ever will be, 90 minutes in duration. Combined with carpet mirrors and heat, the package is completed with the use of the Bikram dialogue.
For 10 years I delivered what I called ‘Dazzie’ dialogue. Although close to the proper dialogue I realised it was missing large components of the series. Upon making a decision to get back on the dialogue I invested 3 years to learn the dialogue from scratch. From then on my teaching took a whole new direction. Classes became easier to teach. I found was able to give more to the students.
I love everything about Bikram Yoga, from the practice to the people. I know I will have a positive effect on you as a teacher or on you and your school. Give me a shout and lets talk about yoga.
Debbie is one our amazing and much loved HOT YOGA (Bikram Style) teachers. Debbie practices at least 3 times a week and teaches with love and understanding. She loves seeing her students challenge themselves to reach their goals.
Debbie: “Yoga is my life. It has healed me not just physically, but mentally. Let it do the same for you, you will never regret it.”
Daniele is well rounded teacher, delivery fierce intermediate / advanced Vinyasa Flows, beginners Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. Starting yoga while working in South Africa, he has practiced every day for the last 3 years. Daniele traveled to Rishikesh, India and did his 200hr Yoga teacher training. Here, in the birthplace of yoga, he explored the benefits on your health and the philosophy and history of the practice. Daniele loves Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation and Yin Restorative, but really, he just loves every opportunity to share yoga with his students.
Laurel took her first yoga class in 2006 after a track and field accident left her unable to exercise. A friend recommended she try Bikram yoga as it was supposed to help with sever injuries. After her first class she became hooked to the heat and noticed a tremendous difference in her posture and abilities to move. Moving her curiosity about yoga further, she searched to know more about hot practices and explored vinyasa and power flow, and finally found a combination between all of the practices, in Sumits yoga. She went through the first official Sumits Yoga teacher training in 2010, facilitated by Sumit Banerjee the creator of Sumits yoga and Gabriel Azoulay the creator of Bikyasa and international yoga school H3 yoga. Laurel is currently a lead teacher trainer for H3 and travels to different studios around the world to teach, creating joy workshop challenges, and lead teacher trainings.
Yoga came into my life at the end of 2014. Having broken many limbs, some twice, I was always encouraged to do things like Yoga and Pilates. Having not explored the extensive yoga world and styles, being a runner and cyclist, I never thought it would be something for me. This was proved wrong and now having yoga in my life, makes me always open-minded about the unknown and step out of comfort zones.
One hot Bikram class – I was hooked! The heat, the discipline to hold the poses that I had never shaped my body into – the mind-work that took me away from my outside. It was like body origami! but the challenge was rewarding and refreshing!
Shortly after I became committed to my mat, I grew a love for the environment the yoga community and yoga studios gave me. It always provided such an array of different walks of life, a community of love, acceptance and non-judgement – having travelled and lived in other parts of the world, I loved this. The commitment to my practice found me feeling great, a calmer and more positive person. I would get a sore back if I didn’t practice regularly! The adaptation of the mind/body connection in my practice was a tool gained for everyday life. Regular yoga practice was like medicine for life’s hurdles and challenges. I could go on about the benefits of yoga – but most of all I love that it’s a kind practice for your body that can be accessible and adaptable for absolutely all of us – you can chill or really push yourself and do some things you had never dreamed of! As a student or a teacher, I find regular commitment to any style of yoga practice detoxing for the mind and the physical body, I think it teaches us more about ourselves and others, I hope you find this too!
In 2016 Sumits/Bakyasa Yoga came to my studio. This was so timely as much as Bikram provided me with such good foundations, but I wanted something more. This style of yoga is like a hot power flow entailing importance of breathwork, hatha, vinyasa flow, core work, meditation – and choreographed to music!! Discovering music is a love of mine. I had found something I loved and wanted to dig deeper with it, so this led me to doing the my 200HTT.
I am currently embarking on some Ashtanga TT – learning never stops in the yoga world.
Nancy started Bikram yoga practice in 2012. She was overwhelmed with emotion after her first class and felt revitalised, re-energised and reborn. The shifts started from there. She quit the physical or emotional dependence on alcohol in August 2013. She also quit her job in the childcare industry. A regular yoga practice transformed her entire lifestyle. Everyday became amazing.
In 2014 she became a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. The Los Angeles training is 500 hours in 9 weeks. The process was life changing and priceless. It allowed her to witness her mind, physical body, and spirit being in absolute balance. Yoga is a way of life, it’s all encompassing. She became a certified 200 hours Yin Yoga teacher in 2015, Vinyasa in 2017, did 100 hours Yin and Meditation with Sarah Powers, and in 2018 completed a Cert IV in Mat and Reformer Pilates with Breathe Education.
Teaching all styles yoga is now her full time job. “I am so grateful that my job involves being able to guide people to their own transformative journey.”
Neil is the owner of YogaFusion, Safari Field Guide and founder of Soul Sanctuary Safari yoga retreats.
With a background in personal training and massage therapy, Neil began teaching yoga over ten years ago and has been leading yoga retreats in sumptuous locations since 2013. Neil’s simple belief system of love, kindness, honesty and integrity, he creates a space for growth so that your true potential can be glimpsed and achieved.
He has the ability to quickly gain a clear understanding of the needs of students and to adapts his teaching to cater for these abilities and surpass their needs. Neil brings fun and humour to his vinyasa flow classes creating a playful forum, offering the opportunity for self-exploration and a greater self-understanding and acceptance through yoga.
After practicing various forms of yoga on and off since 1998 in Australia, Heidi stumbled across Bikram yoga in Fulham, London several years later in 2007. Full of energy and vitality she was hooked after the first class and immediately knew she wanted to teach.
Heidi is a qualified Myotherapist having completed a 3 year Advanced Diploma from RMIT University in Melbourne. She specializes in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction, postural imbalances, sports and soft tissue injuries.
She has a passion for anatomy and physiology and understands the major role Bikram yoga plays to improve the functions of the body. Not only do physical benefits occur, but mental and emotional breakthroughs can be reached also. Bikram yoga provides a safe, supportive and challenging environment to build body awareness, which is essential to the healing process.
Heidi completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Las Vegas in Spring 2010. She taught her first class in San Francisco before heading back to the UK to teach in London for the next 3 years. The lure of sunshine, beaches, family and friends pulled Heidi back home to Perth where she and her British husband Toby settled in quickly. They now have 3 boys – Leo, Jesse & Ashley.
Heidi is extremely passionate about the amazing benefits of a regular yoga practice and is continually inspired and motivated by her students and fellow teachers.
Jason is a Canadian yoga instructor with over 20 years practice as a student and 8 years teaching experience across Australia, Bali and India. Discovering yoga after recovering from back and shoulder injuries, Jason found yoga to help with pain management and repair and restore his body and now lives pain free. His classes are created to inspire and educate the students on the wisdom of yoga within a safe and supported environment and a sense of humour too!
“ I absolutely love sharing the beautiful art and science called Yoga to all those who are looking to improve the overall quality of their lives. Not just on a physical level but the mental, emotional and spiritual. My classes are open to all levels, from beginners to more experienced and will always give various options including for those coming back from injury”
Vanessa is a passionate movement based instructor.
She has been instructing for 5 years, during this time she has dedicated her study/practice to keeping the body young, supple and healthy.
Her Vinyasa flows are designed to engage the entire body, whilst moving in a meditative flow like state to allow the body to open up and the mind to release.
In her spare time Vanessa likes to dance and dabble in Aerial Arts.
Steph is passionate about health and fitness. Having played sports her whole life including Netball and American Football, it was put on hold when she ruptured her ACL in 2017. After an emotional rollercoaster post-op, she fell upon Reformer Pilates and used this as the primary form of rehab.
Steph was amazed at the physical and emotional experiences and changes that come from your time spent moving on the reformer.
This journey inspired Steph to study to become a Reformer Pilates Instructor, changing careers completely so she could share her experiences with overcoming injury to motivate others to achieve their overall movement and fitness goals.
Hayley became interested in Pilates 18 years ago after a neck and lower back injury, Pilates initially helped with her recovery, but then she found it enhanced her life in so many different areas, including her martial arts training that she enjoyed competing in.
Every time she thought she was ‘better’ from the car accidents, she would stop her Pilates practice and then eventually acquire some sort of re-injury. After time it became crystal clear that Pilates must be part of her everyday life to keep her body safe and strong.
She completed her Matwork certification to deepen her own understanding and now loves helping others create mobility and strength in their bodies. Her thirst for knowledge just keeps increasing and went on to do Reformer certification as well. Hayley is a mum of a 4 year old girl and a 2 year old boy which keep her very busy when she isn’t teaching pilates!
I found Yoga 12 years ago, after my first child was born unwell. A deep need for guidance in mindfulness & meditation lead me to Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga with a great Ashtanga teacher, Morrison McQueen.
I instantly became a dedicated practitioner. After years of developing a consistent self-practise, and coming to know the healing & joyful affects of yoga in my life – I knew I had to share this gift with others.
I have been a certified instructor in the fitness industry for 13 years, with most of my later qualifications & teaching focused on Yoga.
I have been a Yoga teacher for 6 years and am a certified Vinyasa teacher, most recently gaining further education through the Yoga Vine in Perth.
I take a ‘whole person’ approach to health, and so also qualified as a nutritionist in 2013 in order to more affectively guide people toward wellness.
Though the physical rewards of a consistent yoga practise are many, and absolutely an integral part of the journey inwards – the inner stillness, feelings of a deeper connection to oneself and others, and a joyous love of life – are the true gifts of Yoga. I feel so grateful everyday to share this practise with others.