Our Team


 

Yoga Teachers

 

Sarah Bourne first practiced yoga over 20 years ago, when she had her first child, and attended pre and post-natal classes. With a child and work, life became busy, so she only dabbled in Yoga for the next few years. After two more children, Sarah attended a casual class at Yoga to Go, and her passion for yoga was re-ignited. She quickly established a daily practice, and embarked on her teacher training with Alan Goode.

 

Sarah is a mother of three, runs her own Counselling practice and writes novels. Yoga gives her the balance that she needs to juggle the demands and joys of a busy life. In her teaching she aims to provide students with the space not only to enhance their overall sense of physical wellbeing, but also to reflect and discover what it is that they need in order to reach their fullest potential, whatever that may be, both on and off the mat.

Tamar was first taught "Down Dog" at the age of three, by her father who lived and worked in India prior to her birth.  She became serious about Iyengar yoga many years later after sustaining an injury while performing in 1995. While the attraction to this form of yoga was firstly a physical one, over time she was struck by the depth, beauty, discipline and vividness of the B.K.S. Iyengars method. All attractive qualities to an artist.

 

After a vigorous apprentiship with senior Iyengar instructor, Glenn Ceresoli, Tamar left behind a twenty-year career as an actress and dancer to dedicate herself to teaching. She went on to run two large yoga studios in Sydney, Australia, before moving to New York City in 2006. There she was blessed to continue her training with Mary Dunn, James Murphy, Brooke Myers and Patricia Walden.

 

In 2009, Tamar was awarded a place on the faculty of the prestigious Iyengar Yoga Institute in Manhattan. The same year she was also invited to perform at the Yoga Journal conference in New York with the Iyengar Yoga Trio.  In 2011 she moved to Warsaw to teach with Henryk Liskiewicz. There they ran a successful Iyengar Yoga school, iJOGA Poland, working with students of all levels of ability; from those needing special programs and attention in the Medical classes, to Teacher Training Programs and even Continuing Education Programs for already certified teachers.

 

Tamar is passionate about the Iyengar Yoga method; it’s depth, both physical and spiritual. She continues to study and practice the art of Iyengar Yoga under the tutelage of senior teachers, Manouso Manos, Rita Keller and Stephanie Quirk. She also visits India regularly to study with the Iyengar family, to whom she is dedicated.

 

Tamar now primarily teaches from her studio, Iyengar Yoga Space, in Paddington, Sydney. She maintains a strong working relationship with the team at Yoga To Go Studio and runs regular workshops here. She also teaches classes and workshops internationally. Tamar is certified at the Junior Intermediate III level.

Henryk began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1984 and has taught since 1993. He holds a Senior Intermediate Level three certificate, making him the most senior teacher in Poland.

 

Henryk began his study of Iyengar Yoga after leaving flying school, in 1984, and beginning his university study, where he earned a Masters in Pedagogy.

 

The teachings of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar instantly stuck a chord with Henryk and he became a dedicated and enthusiastic student making numerous trips to Pune.  He has the blessing of Guruji to conduct Therapy classes, Teacher Training Programs, Continuing Education Courses and Assess teachers as part of the Certification Program.

 

Over 20 years of teaching, Henryk has taught thousands of students, including many who have gone on to become Certified teachers themselves.

 

In 2008 he completed a three-year course with Stephanie Quirk in the Therapeutic Application of Iyengar Yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Cologne, and has assisted the Iyengar’s in the Medical Class at RIMYI since 1997.  Henryk has been co-operating with Rita Keller, of Germany, for many years, and hosts many esteemed Iyengar Yoga Teachers for workshops in Poland, including Stephanie Quirk and Manouso Manos.

 

Almost three decades of practice have shown Henryk the power, complexity, completeness and fullness of the Iyengar Yoga method. His dedication to the Iyengar family and his respect of their teaching means he strives to pass on the teachings with purity and authenticity.  Henryk continues to teach and train teachers in Poland and through out Europe. He is very excited to be given the opportunity to also teach in Australia with Tamar.

Nikki first started practising yoga in 2000, it started as a way of building strength after an injury but soon became a way to help find the balance in managing a demanding corporate life.

 

She started practising with the teachers at Yoga to Go in 2003 and continued to develop a curiosity and passion for the philosophy that supports the physical practise. Nikki commenced her teacher training with Alan Goode in 2007 and is now an Introductory Level II certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

 

She has continued to develop her interest and understanding through ongoing professional development with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers. She enjoys the opportunity to assist students in developing their own practise and understanding how the practise of Yoga can have a positive impact on other areas of your life.

Completing his Masters of Osteopathy in 2002, Scott found the rigours of osteopathic practice taking a toll on his body and subsequently found himself standing on a yoga mat at Yoga to Go sometime around late 2006 / early 2007. He felt an immediate affinity with the practice, a profound sense of home-coming, and has subsequently developed a keen interest in exploring the multifaceted ways Iyengar yoga impacts his life -- on and off the mat.

 

Since 2011 he has trained to be a teacher under the guidance of Sydney based Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Caroline Coggins. He gained his Intro 2 certification in October 2014.

His osteopathic and Yoga practices continue to inform, complement and enrich one another. He brings to both his yoga practice and teaching a firm foundation in anatomy, physiology and human biomechanics combined with a strong belief in the osteopathic principle of body, mind, and spiritual unity.

 

In 2009 he spent three months travelling through India to further his Yogic practice, studying Iyengar yoga with Usha Devi, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani and Sharat Arora. In 2010 he was lucky enough to attend the China-India yoga summit with Guruji - B.K.S. Iyengar. Whilst travelling Scott rediscovered his love of reading and learning and has subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney with majors in English Literature and Gender Studies, both subjects providing a harmonious complementary supplement to his teaching.

 

In 2014 he spent one month in Pune studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. In 2015 he attended Abhi Iyengar's Sydney workshop. He continues to undertake professional development training with senior Australian Iyengar teachers and is contemplating further assessment.

Niccy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, but only over the last few years has it become an integral part of her life. She loves the benefits of yoga and how yoga can be useful everyday. Practicing yoga has given Niccy a feeling of more time and less stress, despite increasing commitments with work and her 4 children! She is passionate about sharing the nurturing and balancing aspects of yoga with kids and adults alike, including the important transition stages of pregnancy and the post natal period.
 
Particular emphasis is placed on working within the individual changing needs, encouraging people to be true to themselves within their practice, taking into account their physical, mental and emotional aspects that may change on a day to day basis.
 

Her teaching embodies the yamas and niyamas, (yoga ethics,) both in the poses and how they can be applied to everyday life.
Understanding how you can work with and developing what you have to create balance and harmony.
 

Her children's classes help develop awareness and understanding of how individual body works through poses, and to nurture the natural mindfulness of the child through concentrating and simple meditation.

 

She believes that the skills learnt in yoga enable children and adults alike to navigate through the increasing complexity of life.

Romina has been practicing Yoga since the late 90's. Initially drawn to Yoga for its physical aspects coupled with the stress release it offered to a hectic corporate lifestyle. What seemingly became a hobby soon became a way of life.

 

In early 2007 she was fortunate enough to undertake a 6 month Intensive Yoga Teacher Training program in India under the guidance of Bharath Shetty who was heavily influenced by the Iyengar method. Later that year she became more involved in the teachings of Iyengar Yoga and the effects it has on injuries, misalignments and posture, it was at this stage that she was able to appreciate the beneficial nature Iyengar Yoga has when practiced regularly, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually.

 

On returning to Australia she was offered a position as Studio Manager at Yoga To Go in Sydney and commenced Teacher Training within the Iyenagr method under the guidance of Simon Marrocco. Romina continues her professional development both locally and internationally with Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, and regularly studies with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. She is an Introductory Level II certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

 

Romina is the Director of Yoga To Go Studio, she enjoys teaching a wide cross section of the community ranging from Teenagers to adults and local community groups; she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience Yoga no matter what age, colour or religious background. "There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they have finished a class".

 
Pauline's interest in yoga developed from her very first yoga class, that deepened in 2004 when she completed a 9 month teacher training with Yoga Arts in Byron Bay. She comes with a strong background and teacher training in the Iyengar tradition, she started teaching in 2005 and continues to study under the guidance of Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Glenn Ceresoli.

 

A passionate and dedicated teacher, assisting each student through instruction, demonstration and adjusting where needed. Pauline wishes to create an authentic environment in which students can experience the deeply therapeutic effects of yoga.

 

Classes with Pauline will explore inventive and balanced asana sequences with the use of breath awareness and correct alignment. She encourages students to challenge themselves in a way that allows a safe and sustained practice to help increase flexibility, build strength and gain confidence.

Renee Stridfield is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been studying/ practising Yoga since 2003. She completed teacher training with Caroline Coggans in 2015 and has studied with the Iyengar Family both locally, overseas and in Pune India at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

 

Her teaching style is compassionate yet motivating, encouraging each individual to work to their potential. She enjoys sharing yoga with people of all ages and abilities, and works to foster a sense of discovery and confidence with students as they develop greater strength, flexibility, and awareness in their practice.

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Pilates Teachers

 

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Mel is passionate and a dedicated Dance and Pilates educator, with 10 years experience teaching Dance, Drama and PDHPE in the secondary school sector and is also a qualified Pilates Instructor in mat and reformer methods.

She believes a regular practice is essential to maintaining health, well being and balance in this demanding modern world. Her classes are designed to promote core strength fitness and anatomical awareness whilst providing participants with valuable breathing space in their busy schedules to nourish and revive.

Born and raised in the UK, Louisa moved to Sydney in 2004. As a naturally active person, both in classical dance and competitive swimming, she began practicing Pilates as a way to complement her other pursuits.

 

Quickly feeling the benefits in her body, as well as to her overall health and wellbeing, Louisa continued to practice Pilates regularly over the next eight years at various studios in Sydney, including classes at Yoga To Go Studio.

 

Keen to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the discipline, in 2012 Louisa began private lessons with Grand Master Teacher Trainer, Cynthia Lochard, at the Pilates Method Studio in Surry Hills. Inspired and invigorated by the authenticity of this true Pilates practice, she decided to study as an instructor. Under the guidance of her teacher and mentor, Cynthia Lochard, Louisa began her Independent Instructor Training in 2013 and completed over 1000 hours of individual study and practical training to certify as a LV Romana’s Pilates Instructor.

 

She continues to work alongside Cynthia and other senior Romana’s Pilates Instructors at the Pilates Method Studio and believes this connection is vital to her ongoing professional and personal development, both as a Pilates instructor and practitioner.

 

Louisa is excited, after over three years away, to be returning to Yoga To Go Studio, this time as a certified Pilates instructor.

Throughout her life, Pip has been trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance, completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts Dance at the Wesley Institute in 2005. This lead to a career in dance teaching, prior to her becoming a Certified Stott Pilates instructor in 2010. Over the last couple of years Pip has also developed her skills by teaching specialty groups of pre-natal pilates and mums and bubs pilates.

For Pip, Pilates was an integral part of her dance training as it helped her to achieve good postural alignment and overall strength. She believes that Pilates is a complimentary addition to any fitness program and is fantastic for injury management and prevention. She highly recommends Pilates classes to anyone wanting a toned and flexible body.
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Studio Team

 

Romina Sesto - Director/Studio Manager


Monique Menzel, Toni Leemen, Ven Papa, Meghan Jennings, Charlotte Addcock - Reception & Admin