Jen Jacobs

Jen Jacobs

I began my yoga journey during a weekend meditation retreat way back in the ‘70s. I learned a sequence of eight hatha yoga postures and one simple breathing practice as preparation for meditation. For the next twenty years these simple practices sustained me through the everything  - pregnancies, birthing, mothering, working and the thousand other commitments and events. My daily practice became my refuge and my recharge; from day one it was a dive into peace and respite from the anxiety that had been chronic before then. I thought that this was miraculous - something so simple and lovely to do was strengthening me and bringing me peace of mind. After my solo practice of about 20 years, I trained as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Institute of South Australia in 1998-99. Now, I  particularly love practicing and teaching pranayama (breathing practices), vinyasa (active yoga sequences, both gentle and dynamic), restorative poses and yoga nidra. Further study with teachers such as Donna Farhi and Judith Hanson Lasater has been influential on my teaching style with emphasis on safe practice and yoga as a tool for self-enquiry. During challenging times, such as my surgeries and a loved one’s terminal illness, I have deepened my respect for the healing value of restorative yoga. I seek to adapt yoga for each person's benefit and enjoyment, regardless of age, experience, health and fitness


Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson

I teach all-level yoga classes for students of all ages, levels of fitness and experience, including beginners. 
Classes combine balanced sequences of postures with beneficial breathing techniques, calming relaxation & meditation to unite body, mind & spirit. 
I am also experienced in teaching prenatal, restorative & therapeutic yoga classes, as well as meditation and yoga nidra relaxation.

I have been practicing yoga since I was a teenager. My first yoga class was in my final year of high school, to help deal with the stress I was feeling at that time. It was truly “love at first class” and the follow-on effect has been a dedicated daily self-practice, that I have kept up ever since. This practice has been the constant in my life, sustaining me through many different seasons.

I believe yoga is here to serve you & not the other way around. My mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone, so that they too can experience the greater sense of peace, joy, health and vitality that yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga infuses my life with meaning. It teaches me to be quiet & trust, even if I don’t know all of the answers, even if I don’t have a clue where I’m heading. It makes my body feel light, fit & healthy; leading to greater physical ease. It clears my mind. It connects me to a higher source, reason, purpose. It teaches me patience, surrender, humility, acceptance. It teaches me to love more fully. It teaches me to listen more carefully. It teaches me to breathe more deeply. I am fully committed to this path I have chosen to walk, of peeling back the layers a little more each day & embracing wherever it is that it leads me. My promise is to continue to learn & grow each day as a teacher, and as an individual.

QUALIFICATIONS
*Registered Level 2 teacher with Yoga Australia http://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/teachers/kristin-nelson
*2007: Level 1 250hr Certificate in Yoga Teaching *2008: Level 2 500hr Certificate in Yoga Teaching *2010: 120hrs of Yoga Therapy Teacher Training *Yoga Nidra Teacher Training *Laughter Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
 


Eugenie Van den Berg

Eugenie Van den Berg

I have practiced yoga for 30 years and finally studied to become a yoga teacher 3 years ago with John Ogilvie at Byron Yoga Centre. John teaches Purna Yoga, an holistic yoga intergrating the physical body but also, our mind and the breath pranayama "Life force". As in Iyengar Yoga the focus is on body alignment, so in my class you may use blocks, straps, bolsters or the wall, both to protect the body and to gain the best body alignment for you. We are all different and I believe it is not how flexible you are but how well you are tuned into your body as you come into your pose. I love teaching a gentle class with body awareness, bringing your focus to the muscles or organs you are using and how a posture benefits you. I also teach restorative yoga, very calming starting with a meditation and then gentle postures totally supported by props and holding for several minutes.