Teachers at Yoga for Life

Our Teachers at Yoga for Life


Meet Julia ≅ Mum and Yogi

I have been teaching yoga and meditation for many years, I have to thank my guru, Swami Shantanada (Mataji) for teaching me the deeper meaning of yoga, which has now become not only an important part of my life, but my lifestyle.  I recently completed my power yoga teacher training under Duncan Peak, and now I have included in my menu of classes Power and Hot Yoga, I am loving them as I believe they have challenged my body to become more flexible and stronger.

I have an established meditation practise that has helped me understand the thread of not just my mind but of minds in general and now I feel compelled to share my experience with other people, people like you who have no idea where to start and how to go about it.

Meet Frank ≅ Patient and gentle teacher and yet strong Yogi

Frank Martinez from Yoga for Life

If you have never done yoga before and you feel intimidated to join a class,   come an meet Frank at one of his classes, he has a beautiful and gentle approach to yoga that makes you want more! You will feel welcome not only by him but by his lovely group of new yogis… and old ones that don’t seem to want to graduate!

Meet Positive Pat ≅ Yogi and loving mum of daughter and dogs!

Pat has recently completed her teacher training at Australian College of Classical Yoga.  Having a back ground in performance she has dipped her toes into yoga many times over her life but it was in coming into her 50s that she discovered that Yoga offered a reconnection with her body and a clearer understanding of how the mind works.

She was compelled to look at Teacher training initially to investigate the deeper meaning of yoga.  She believes everyone has a right to a joyful and connected life and that yoga offers a pathway to this.  Pat is fascinated by the changes it can have on the way life is lived.

Meet Jo≅ Playful nurse student and Yogi

Like anything in life, the books you read, the movies you see and conversations had, some things truly resonate with you - just like yoga did with me. Yoga has been a constant in my life since 2010, when Mum dragged me along to my first Dynamic Vinyasa yoga class with Veronique Kopf. I was instantly hooked and have since seen so many benefits from a regular practice to all aspects of my life. 

In November of 2015, I completed my yoga teacher training qualification at the Byron Yoga Centre, under John Ogilvie. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing, which continues to enrich my personal practice and expand upon my knowledge and interest in how we can maintain healthy, functioning bodies. Yoga lends itself to people of all ages and levels of fitness, whether it be for rehabilitation of an injury, or for improving fitness and mental clarity. 

Yoga helps you feel stronger in both mind and body, it equips you with the tools that can help you in many aspects of your life. It was once quoted to me that those who don’t make time for exercise, must eventually make time for illness. I want to pass on the enthusiasm and knowledge that my teachers have given me, to encourage all people to experience the amazing practice that is yoga.

Meet Peaceful Mahsa ≅ Travelling Yogi

It was in 2007 when Mahsa stepped into an Ashtanga Yoga class with her beloved teacher Nobieh in Iran and ever since yoga has become the most important part of her life. She was drawn to Iyengar and Hatha classes and she has practised these styles with different teachers over the years.

In 2013 she moved to Australia and completed her yoga teacher training with the Byron Yoga Centre and has been teaching yoga ever since. Her teaching focuses on alignment as well as corrections and adjustments. She is is passionate about dance and coming from an Eastern culture her roots play an important part in her yoga path. She continuously gets inspired by Sufism and now her passion is to share those qualities through the practise of meditation and yoga.

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289 Manningham Road Lower Templestowe VIC 3107 Entrance and parking on Hotham Street