Collectively, our faculty has more than 100 years of yoga teaching experience! All faculty members are currently teaching and they have earned either a level 2 or 3 membership with Yoga Australia, plus extra teacher training to adults by qualifying with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The directors, teaching faculty and mentors are recognised experts in their subject areas, frequently invited to present at numerous professional conferences in Australia.
Kaye is co-director of the Academy of Yoga Learning
(AYL), working in partnership with Jose Goossens to deliver the 350 Hour Yoga Teaching Foundations course. As well as being trained in the Gita Yoga tradition, she is also a qualified Yoga therapist, myotherapist and lecturer in a range of Health Science subjects including functional anatomy. Kaye brings a wealth of experience teaching to a wide range of students over many years, and a specialised understanding of how specific knowledge of functional anatomy can be useful to Hatha yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Kaye is a sought after yoga and health presenter and an AAYT registered Yoga Therapist and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Kaye’s specialty subjects: Musculoskeletal Anatomy, yoga teaching methodology and design.
Jose is co-director of the AYL and an experienced Yoga teacher with a strong interest in complementary medicine. With a background in nursing and naturopathy, Jose has lectured in the health sciences subjects of anatomy, physiology and disease states on a variety of courses including the Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy. Jose was the founding President of Yoga Australia when it first began as the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia.
Jose’s specialty subjects: Western Physiology and Relaxation.
Anahata has been practising yoga for more than 25 years and teaching yoga and meditation since 2002. She explores yoga from the inside out, helping students to first connect with their deepest presence so that they can find deeply integrated ways of moving and being. She teaches an integrated approach to yoga that explores yoga as an intimate embrace of the whole mandala of life. In 2013, Anahata established One Heart Yoga and Meditation at The Abbotsford Convent, a community-oriented sanctuary for authentic practice.
Anahata explores a slow flow vinyasa style to deeply integrate natural ways of moving and being. Students explore moving, breathing, standing, sitting and simply being as deep expressions of their innate wholeness. Anahata has an eclectic yoga background and has practised with many traditions. She offers dynamic, integrated, beginners, restorative and prenatal yoga classes, workshops and retreats.
Anahata’s specialty subjects: Meditation and Asana.
Andrew has been teaching yoga for over 15 years with a diverse Yoga background. He teaches a combination of Hatha, Bhakti and Tantra Yoga. His creative, joyful and heart-filled teaching strengthens the body while soothing and clearing the mind, and enlivening and enriching the Spirit. Andrew is a dedicated and devoted yoga student and teacher, currently training in the illuminating, uplifting and celebratory path of Anusara Yoga, after following many different styles of both Hatha and Bhakti Yoga.
Andrew’s specialty subjects: Asana and Yogic Physiology.
Angela is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne and has been involved with Yoga for more than 25 years. She trained in Melbourne in the Iyengar Yoga style as well as with New Zealand teacher trainer Donna Farhi. However, the formative influences on her approach to Yoga have come from her experiences with Selvarajan Yesudian in Zurich and Sri Sri Ravishankar in Bangalore. Angela specialises in Pranayama – Yogic breathing techniques – with which she has longstanding therapeutic experience in her healing practice as a Kinesiologist.
Angela’s specialty subject: Pranayama.
Clare has been teaching yoga since 1995 after completing her teacher training in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. She continued her studies with the Heart of Yoga Teacher Education course and workshops offered through the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and their affiliated teachers, where she developed a passion for Yoga Sūtra and Vedic Chanting. Clare has worked one-to-one with teacher Mary Keizer, and recently done seminars with A.G. and Indra Mohan. In 2017 she is undertaking a māntra course with Kausthub Desikachar.
Clare’s specialty subjects: Yogic Philosophy and integrating Asana.
Rebecca began practicing Yoga in 1999 and has been teaching since 2004. Rebecca’s classes focus on finding the appropriate practice for each individual, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. She believes that Yoga is for everybody and works consistently toward providing practice that supports and sustains individual students.
Rebecca’s specialty subjects: Sequencing and Yoga Class design.
Liz Blake specialises in helping people deliver amazing results in unlikely circumstances. As a mother of four young children, she built a multi-million dollar organisation in direct selling throughout Australia, New Zealand and Ireland for 16 years. Liz was educating and developing 12 teams during all phases of this growth, enabling her to develop a wide range of skills through presenting and training.
Liz now lives and runs her business, Lateral Insights, in Wyndham where she’s a member of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce and an advocate for positive branding of the regions of Wyndham, Geelong and Melbourne’s West. Liz is a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 Wyndham Business Awards.
Liz’s specialty subjects: Professional Reflections and Small Business Development.
Heather is a Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist who has been teaching yoga since 1989. She teaches children and adults by appointment, conducts workshops for special needs and consults as a Yoga Therapist in the Pakenham Upper region. Originally trained in the Gita Yoga tradition, Heather has extended her credentials in recent years, training with Donna Farhi and for The Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy.
Heather’s specialty subjects: Asana and Facilitator of Group Based Learning.
Gina’s Yoga journey began with her mum when they went to their first Yoga class together in the late 1980s. Over the years, Gina has practiced a variety of styles with different teachers and has discovered that there is no one style that best suits her body all the time. It’s this philosophy that she brings to her teaching, giving her students the benefit of her combined influences to discover, through the ancient teachings of Yoga, how best to work with their own body and mind to achieve their lifestyle goals. She is honoured to now have her mother as one of her students.
Gina has an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching (1000+ hours) through the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne and the Academy of Yoga Learning, and is now a mentor to others studying this same course. She has a Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy through the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and is an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level II teacher in training. She has also undertaken studies with Indian teachers AG and Indra Mohan.
Gina is a member of Yoga Australia and has served on the Yoga Australia Victorian Committee. She has also spent time in India practicing Yoga with a Tibetan monk. She is continually studying and practicing Yoga and is currently inspired by Leigh Blashki, Paul Wooden and AG and Indra Mohan.
Gina’s specialty subjects: Asana and Mentor Coordinator.
Claire began practicing Yoga in 2007 while working overseas. What started as a physical practice with a DVD very soon became a way of life. Claire suffered from constant back pain and pelvic instability which at it’s worst meant she could put her back out holding a door open with her foot. Her almost 20 years in a high-stress business environment hadn’t helped.
In 2012 Claire made the swap from boardroom to Yoga studio and hasn’t looked back. She now combines her passion for teaching with working part-time as a marketing strategist.
Claire’s specialty subjects: Business Skills and Professional Development.
Lorraine Mc Cleave
Lorraine was first introduced to Yoga when she was a teenager. Over the past 50 years a curiosity and thirst for knowledge has led her to search out many different yoga styles and teachers.
In 1987 Lorraine qualified as a teacher of Hatha Yoga with Gita International and has taught in a variety of settings, including health and fitness centers, secondary schools, community centers and the corporate environment. In 2001 she conducted a series of yoga sessions for Arthritis Victoria, as part of their “Move it or Lose it” TV program which screened on Channel 31.
Lorraine practices as a Yoga Therapist, Reflexologist and Aromatherapist from her clinic in South Melbourne.