I discovered yoga after the birth of my first son in 1996. I practiced Hatha and Iyengar Yoga until 1998, when I went to my first Ashtanga Yoga workshop. It was 'love at first sweat', and since then I has been committed to daily practice.
I was a direct student of the late Ashtanga Yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and continue to study with his grandson, R. Sharath Jois, having made regular trips to Mysore, India, since 2001.
I have also studied with Manju Jois (son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois), Greg and Tracy Cooper (Ashtanga Yoga School of Melbourne), David Williams, Mark Robberds, Matthew Sweeney, Simon Borg-Olivier, Peter Scott, and have frequented the schools of Eileen Hall (Sydney) and Iain Clarke (Brisbane).
I began teaching at the Yoga Space in Townsville in 2000, and now teach weekly classes on Magnetic Island. I feel that the strong physical practice of Ashtanga Yoga has the potential to open the heart and calm the mind, enhancing self-awareness and overall wellbeing. Even though it is a dynamic practice, it can be made accessible to many levels of physical ability, so that as many people as possible may benefit from this practice.
Meredith Starck began practicing yoga 40 years ago. In the mid 1980's she undertook three years of intensive Synergy yoga/dance training in Washington, DC. Her teaching and continued training has evolved into a practice of Scaravelli Yoga through her ongoing work with master teachers Diane Long and Paddy McGrath.
She currently teaches a flowing style of Vinyasa Yoga in natural settings in Townsville and on Magnetic Island. This natural union of inner exploration and expressive movement, is a realm where rhythms and harmony meet. This is the movement of energy and is the focus of our quest for balance and health. A class starts with slow rhythmical circular movement stimulating the energy pathways of the chakra system and progresses into stronger more flowing dance movements.
Her abiding passion is for women and girls to honour their bodies through breath and movement. As a mother of two daughters and carer for her own invalid mother, Meredith has personally found yoga as an essential element for leading a holistic life.
Contact Janette on 0499 330 203
Janette has practised yoga and meditation for many years, lives a holistic lifestyle and continues to attend yoga training to stay in the flow. She did her full teacher training with Radiant Light Yoga on the Sunshine Coast. Janette has also attended many workshops and other training in Brisbane, including Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga with Lizzie Lasseter. She has taken part in kirtan retreats with Deva Premal & Miten, and Jethro & Prem of Sacred Earth, and has taught yoga during Sacred Earth retreats in Australia and overseas.
Janette welcomes people from all walks of life, so whether you are new to yoga, meditation and mantra singing, or are experienced, you will feel very comfortable and welcome. Having felt the wonderful healing effects of yoga, mantra and mindfulness, it has become part of her everyday life.
Janette's classes are much more than poses.
They are an opportunity to connect to your breath, physical and emotional being, into your inner sanctuary.
It's a life practice that really transforms us physically, mentally, and spiritually, bringing peace and joy to our whole life.
Classes include sound healing during relaxation with the sound and vibration of quartz crystal bowls, taking you on a deep meditative journey.
Contact Rocky on 0429 969 099
Rocky has practised and taught yoga and meditation for many years, lives a holistic lifestyle and continues to attend yoga training to stay current in his teachings. He completed his teacher training with Radiant Light Yoga on the Sunshine Coast. Together with Janette, he has taken part in kirtan retreats with Deva Premal & Miten, and Jethro & Prem of Sacred Earth, and has taught yoga during Sacred Earth retreats in Australia and overseas.
The benefits from yoga come from a regular, consistent practice. His classes are suitable for beginners and those who have practised before, and he encourages commitment and a patient approach.
All sessions combine movement with meditation and will help ease stress and anxiety, increase grey matter in your brain (that’s the stuff that helps with memory!) and calm you down if you’ve got a short fuse.
No experience is required for these sessions and you'll be welcomed into a great community of blokes.
Contact Hannah on 0487 545 713
Hannah completed her first yoga training in India, Darjeeling, in 2015, a multi-style course, largely based in the traditions of Sivananda. Progressed to further training in Rishikesh, 2019 which focused primarily in vinyasa. Yoga has taught Hannah how to reconnect with herself and find the internal space of peace. This peace brings an acceptance of the present and empowers anyone to let go of what no longer serves them. Yoga is an ongoing practice and process of connection and balance. Hannah’s yoga classes aim to connect the mind, body and breath: to surrender to each moment as it changes and allow a release and shift in energy. Hannah is currently offering a yin yang class, which starts with a strong, dynamic vinyasa followed by a deep, slow connecting yin. These classes aim to build your strength and allow you to release and surrender into your soft energy.
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Hi there! My name is Mikayla, I am a nomadic, ocean loving, free flowing human - and I am also a Meditation Facilitator and Yoga Teacher. I have been passionate about meditation and yoga since attending my first yoga class around 10 years ago, but I found myself diving into my practice after going through a difficult time several years ago. In this time, I found solitude and a deep sense of healing through my practice, discovering a deeper connection with myself and spirituality in this time, and knew that I wanted to share the magic of this modality with others.
In 2022, I studied a certificate in meditation facilitation with ACMM (Australian Centre of Meditation and Mindfulness) and began guiding classes shortly after. I completed a 200hr YTT with One Yoga Thailand in May 2023, and went straight into teaching in hostels, studios and retreats while travelling around Thailand and Indonesia for several months.
I’m very exciting to be holding a Hatha Flow/meditation class on Thursday evenings at Serenity Space Yoga. Hatha flow is somewhere between traditional Hatha and Vinyasa, with longer holds in postures, but still maintaining continuous flow and movement. In my class, you can expect sequences that are fluid and flowing, connecting to body, breath and energy, and finishing with a short guided meditation.
If you'd like to keep up to date with any class information or other offerings, please follow my Instagram @wanderingminds.wellness
I look forward to holding space here on this incredible island, and connecting with each of you soon.
Contact Dominique on 0438 988 408
Yoga has had a massive influence on Dominique Battensby's life, practicing since 2006 and becoming a Yoga Teacher in 2014.
In 2013 opening her first Yoga Studio and taking care of many students in Victoria. In 2016 hosting her first Yoga Retreat in Bali and then going back to teach there and in Mission Beach Far North Queensland as well several times since then.
At the end of 2021 Dominique and her family visited Magnetic Island for the very first time for a holiday and fall in love with the island instantly.
She has now relocated permanently to the Island with her family since May 2022.
Paddy McGrath has over 30 years of dedicated yoga practice and teaching experience. Until recently, she taught workshops and teacher training modules in Thailand , Malaysia , Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Europe.
Initially she trained and certified in Iyengar Yoga (Pune, India), then Astanga Vinyasa (Mysore, India) and then found backbend master 'Yogarcharya Venketesh' (Mysore, India), becoming his first Western student. She later was introduced to ' Scaravelli Yoga', a spinal approach (Diane Long, Italy, and John Stirk, UK).
Her absolute passion to find spinal freedom regardless of anyone's current restrictions. This has led her to travel and learn all over Asia. For the past 5 years she has made annual trips to Japan to seek out and learn from Martial Art masters whom she considers masters of understanding gravity.
Paddy specialises in helping people with back and joint issues and has training in other modalities such as Emmett technique and Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.
Private individual or group sessions are available, including yoga solutions for injuries or movement issues and private sessions for teachers or advanced students.
My ever evolving quest is to 'unbutton the spine and make it dance'.