Kundalini Yoga &
Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher
A big, warm hello, you may see me around Kundalini House quite a lot because I am one of the owners of the business. What I really love, though, is teaching Kundalini Yoga, as well as specialty classes such as Kundalini Yoga for the Recovery of Trauma. I am also a Kinesiology and Bowen practitioner in the clinic.
I started practicing yoga because I was searching for a practice that integrated the theories, concepts and knowledge of my health science studies into a direct experience. And I was inspired to continue because I knew I was being held back by deep seated core beliefs and behaviours that didn’t serve me. Kundalini Yoga gave me the tools to be able to heal on a very deep level as well as awaken a strength, energy and creativity that gave me the confidence to accept and embrace myself as well as being able to consciously connect and communicate with others and life with much more ease.
My training in kundalini yoga, yoga therapy and in natural health and healing has given me the tools to meet people where they’re at and be able to help guide or simply create the space and awareness needed, to embark on the journey of discovering who they are. It doesn’t need to be complicated. By connecting to the breath and listening in you may begin to untangle the body and mind and discover your subtle and peaceful nature.
People love my classes because I encourage them to build on their inner world, without judgement, so they can make sense of things and begin to realise that they can create the change they need to feel healthy and at peace. My classes can be strong and they can be gentle – I like to teach according to the seasons, the energy of the group and in a way to help clear body blocks, strengthen the body and most importantly, to develop a relationship to the mind.
“Join us from every land, from every tradition, from every point of view. Join us as we make peace; peace with each other, peace with the land and peace with ourselves.” Yogi Bhajan
I started teaching yoga in 2003 and am a KRI Level 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher. I am an Associate Kundalini Teacher Trainer who is part of the Melbourne Teacher Training team and I am also in the Yoga Therapy teaching faculty team with Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur whilst continuing my yoga therapy training.
Hatha Yoga Teacher
A big hello, you’ll see me around Kundalini house teaching Hatha Yoga.
I started practicing yoga because as a child I found a mysterious looking book describing the poses and the benefits of yoga, and it seemed like a special kind of magic to my 14 year-old self.
I was inspired to continue because after my first class as a teenager my body felt amazing, light and fluid, like I was floating; my troubles seemed small and I loved my ‘post yoga’ experience of perspective and positivity.
My training in yoga has given me the physiological, alignment and philosophical knowledge to create a yoga practice in which you are supported and encouraged to explore your frontiers both physically and spiritually.
People love my classes because we have fun, connect deeply and leave feeling empowered and inspired.
Favourite quote (or your wise words)…I have so many favourite quotes, poems and teachings; come to class and I’ll share some with you 🙂
I’ve been teaching Yoga for since 2011.
Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga Teacher
Hi, you’ll see me around Kundalini House teaching Hatha and Yin Yoga. I also see people for private one on one yoga sessions.
I started practicing Hatha Yoga because I’d just come back from India, and although I didn’t practice while I was there, I got to learn about some of the philosophy and I REALLY wanted to learn more!
I was inspired to continue because I felt amazing every time I practiced. I felt more connected to by body, I felt calm and more able to face life’s challenges.
My training was initially with the Australian Yoga Academy but I’ve gone on to study Yin yoga with Jennifer Crescenzo & Sarah Powers. I have also completed a post graduate certificate in Yoga Therapy with the AIYT and am Trauma Sensitive Yoga trained. This has given me the tools to deliver yoga classes to people from all walks of life and to tailor make a practice specifically for students needs. I like to offer variations and modifications so that everyone can find something that feels just right for their body.
People love my classes because they get to explore what suits them best. There is a strong sense of playfulness and self enquiry and they can be sure to get a good fusion of the physical practice with some yogic philosophy weaved through.
Favourite quote (or your wise words)… Be Kind……to yourself and others.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Gandhi
I’ve been teaching since 2011.
Erika’s website: http://www.changewithyoga.com/
Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra Teacher
HI! I’m Evelyn and you’ll see me around Kundalini house teaching the Wednesday morning tribe some dynamic Hatha, followed by a mind/body surrendering Yoga Nidra. I’m also the resident Sunday evening Yin teacher. As far as practice goes I find Yin the most magic.
I started practicing yoga because I was cracked open by heart ache. This made me question everything and I knew there was more to life than what I was doing.
I was inspired to continue because I found balance and freedom through the movement, breath and philosophy.
My training in Tantric Hatha with Everett Newell *Zuna Yoga has given me the tools to explore, create and nourish genuine connection with my self and others.
People love my classes because they’re genuinely me. They’re experiential, dynamic and warm and together we tackle real life philosophies through various techniques. These classes are a full body, mind, and soul integration.
Favourite quote: Every quote is my favourite. For now this comes to mind:
‘Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.’ -RUMI
I’ve been teaching since 2014 and it’s the most authentic place I’ve ever lived.
Hatha Yoga Teacher
Hello yogis. You will see me teaching Hatha Yoga around Kundalini House.
I started practicing yoga because I wanted to recover from a surgery I had in 2012 and I was inspired to continue because it changed my life physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically for the best.
My training in Vinyasa flow with Somachi has given me the tools to assist people in connecting with themselves at a deep level, feel embodied, inspired and energised.
People love my classes because they get to learn something new about themselves and their bodies, relax and move in a way that can be dynamic and energising.
‘Yoga is the journey of the self, to the self through the self.’ Bhagvan Gita
Year that I started teaching: 2013
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
I started practicing yoga because…
The film industry community seem to always grab hold of new understandings and then run, and run fast… like the technology of mobile phones, yoga was a seemingly out there modality waiting to be stretched and imaginated into a myriad of understandings.
I was inspired to continue because…
My first sculpture teacher at 18 taught me that everything could be a meditation, creativity especially for me was and still is this, a space to let go of the thinking mind and travel down the curiosity of the imagination, a imagination that leads to treasures. Devpreet worked with me in the film industry, she pushed and pushed for me to try Kundalini, I rebelled at the idea of a bunch of people dressed in white chanting, yet I caved in and within the first practice, I realised Kundalini was like the physical form of boxing training and during meditation an old man sat smiling in front of me, and I then I let go of my fear around a practice that was not cobbled together by my own dogma.
I did my teacher training with Mahanraj and the late great Guru Das, this was my 50th birthday present to myself… Guru Nanak is a teacher, Devpreet and the others in Sydney, and here in Melbourne Nancy has been an inspirational influence on my practice. I feel that everyone is the teacher, like within my visual art practice, ‘The Viewer is Artist, as Artist is Viewer… and within both we see the other and create’
People love my class because…
This is the trick question, I am not great with Dogma, I realised after awhile that I know one thing, and possibly only one thing… and that is to inspire… to champion the imagination, to spark creativity, to fuel the journey and to seed action.
When we bundle individuals into groups by labelling them, we often overlook the diversities that make them part of any such group.
Ek Ong Kar
Years of teaching…
I swore I was not going to be a teacher, in the sense of sitting in front of other students while we weave a journey within our collective selves, Yogi Bhajan said he didn’t want students, he wanted teachers… for me if we open up to the discussion we see the teachings we all gift, and then we all become a little wiser…
Restorative Yoga, Recovery Yoga & Yoga Pathways Teacher
Hi there, you’ll see me around Kundalini House teaching Restorative Yoga, Recovery Yoga & Yoga Pathways, specialising in Yoga for ME/CFS & also offering private Yoga & Somatic Bodywork sessions.
I started practicing yoga because I was introduced to Iyengar Yoga as part of my contemporary dance training in my early 20’s and loved how it made me feel. It quickly became more than just a performance-enhancing practice – it became the foundation for living a balanced and meaningful life.
I was inspired to continue because my yoga practice has guided me to develop compassionate consciousness and somatic intelligence for over 25 years. It has given me the skills and support to navigate and grow from the challenges of life. After the onset of ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), I could barely stand up, let alone do a headstand anymore. So I began studying the remedial side of Iyengar Yoga and the embodied anatomy of Body-Mind Centering. I reconfigured my yoga practice to support my body through illness and guide me towards wellness. In the process, I discovered new realms of embodied wisdom that I now share in my teaching.
My training in Iyengar Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Body-Mind Centering, Embodied Anatomy, Meditation Therapy and Dance-Movement Therapy along with my experience of learning to live well with chronic illness through Yoga and Somatics has given me the tools to create accessible somatic yoga programs for people living with chronic illness, that offer practical & philosophical pathways to wellbeing. I am able to nurture my students by guiding them towards compassionate self-care and I am able to empower them by facilitating their process of somatic self-discovery.
People love my classes because they discover that they don’t have to push themselves to transform themselves! My somatic approach to yoga creates an experience of easeful growth & expanded capacity that unfolds within a deeply nourishing practice. Students love the somatic release and re-patterning processes because they soothe the nervous system, quieten the brain and awaken the vitality of the body. Students leave my classes feeling rejuvenated, reconnected and inspired.
“Support precedes change.” – Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (Body-Mind Centering)
I started teaching yoga in 2002 and have been specialising in Restorative Yoga, Somatic Yoga & Yoga for ME/CFS since 2010.
Jaye’s website: www.yogateapot.com.au
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Hello aspiring, new and practiced Yogis and Yoginis, you’ll see me around Kundalini House Teaching Yoga and I also offer Hypnotherapy sessions in the clinic. I love supporting people to realise their potential in health, happiness and wellbeing
I started practicing Yoga after serious injuries sustained over 20 + years ago. A friend in London invited me to try Hatha Yoga and I fell in love with the practice. My background was in dance and yoga was the first movement/fitness regime I found that was completely holistic. It not only helped me with injury and pain management but also emotional balance, self-awareness & invited a deeper sense of happiness, peace and gratitude. After living with serious injuries I was beginning to see great improvement. It was the beginning of a physical, emotional, mental and Spiritual journey in my life. I studied my first teachers training overseas in London in 1995.
I was inspired to continue when back in Melbourne several years later after I met Guru Jivan, an inspiring teacher of Kundalini Yoga. This practice and meditation carried me to a whole new level in my practice and after completing teacher training in Kundalini Yoga, in 2003. I found integrating Hatha and Kundalini in my life, practice and teachings was unlocked new openings and connections.
My training in Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga and studies of varied meditation styles has given me the tools to help inspire and motivate others to create better connections, to realise their potential and ability to create a happier , more desired life.
People love my classes because I offer a loving gentle approach to Yoga, encouraging a deep inner connection and allowing students to guide their own approach to yoga practice. Enjoying the experience, not taking it too seriously, the classes are fun and make you feel wonderful.
“It’s only when one sees with the heart, one can see clearly,
the truth can often be invisible to the eye”.
I’ve been teaching since 2004.
Qi Gong Teacher
Qi Gong Teacher
I started practicing qigong five years ago after meeting a wonderful teacher at Kundalini House, Nicole Lee, who now teaches from her own qigong studio in Balaclava, Chi Space. Qigong offered a gentle but surprisingly powerful way to work with my body and mind that complemented the yoga and Buddhist meditation practices I already knew and loved.
I was inspired to continue because as my practice deepened, I experienced increased energy of a calm, vibrant quality, greater connection to my life force, and a stronger sense of alignment with the natural world and its changing seasons.
My teacher training with Nicole Lee in Integrative Qigong has given me skills to share qigong in a modern, accessible form, grounded in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have also had the good fortune to begin teacher training with Simon Blow who teaches Chinese Medical Qigong as passed down to him by Qigong and Daoist masters in China.
People love my classes because they provide an opportunity to slow down and connect with the flows of energy within and without.
Favourite quote: “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things.” – Gerard Manly Hopkins
Years of teaching: I began teaching qigong in 2018.
Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Mum’s & Bub’s Yoga Teacher
Hello, my name is Melisa Chabierski. You will see me around Kundalini house teaching prenatal yoga.
I started practicing yoga with an unruly mind, joint pain and a yearning for deeper direction and meaning in my existence. I quickly experienced profound changes in my energy levels, joints and mental state. I was inspired to begin a training within months of my first class because yoga had begun to permeate all aspects of my life in subtle and mysterious ways.
My training has been with The Australian College of Classical Yoga, Vagyoga Chetanapitham and Gita. These have given me the tools to teach all paths of hatha yoga: physical positions, meditation, chanting, pranayama/breath work and guided relaxation. All practices are modified to suit all levels of experience and stages of pregnancy.
My experience of actively birthing has demonstrated to me what an incredible tool the breath is for the birthing woman. It invites presence with the present experience, be that the experience of heartburn, the intensity of a contraction or holding your baby for the first time. By deepening your relationship with this force, you can come to birth with inner trust in yourself and the birth process.
From my experiences in the role of birth support I have witnessed how the yoga positions are labouring and birthing positions. Practice prepares women to intuitively use the postures during the birthing process.
People love my classes because they invite a balance of openness and strength for the body, and an exploration of the heart, mind and soul. By actively experiencing the sensations that arise in the body and heart during yoga, women are preparing for birth. Developing a practice, during time on the mat, to follow the breath, not the mind, women feel empowered to meet the initiation of birth.
“A strong intention, a relaxed body and an open mind are the main ingredients for an active birth.” Janet Balaskas, Author, founder of the Active Birth Movement and Childbirth Educator
I have been teaching hatha and prenatal hatha yoga since 2000.
Hatha Yoga Teacher
Hi and welcome! I’m Melissa Shemanna, and you will see me around Kundalini House teaching Hatha Yoga.
I started practicing Yoga at an early age with my father as my teacher in the Kriya Yoga tradition. I have always loved the inner discovery that the Yoga pathway offers and my ever-evolving practice inspires me to show up as the best I can be, to stay focused, creative, connected, masterful, compassionate and wise. This is what inspires me to continue, to develop my practice in body, mind and spirit. To experience the joy of clearing the body and mind of obstacles and opening the Kundalini pathway, breathing deeply into higher states of consciousness centred in the heart, and to inspire others in the sharing of this realisation.
My training in Kriya Yoga, Hatha Yoga (Australian Yoga Academy 500+ hrs Advanced Diploma Yoga teaching in 2010), Para-Tan Bija Nadi (mantra seed-sound healing/ agni Yantra- 1 year tutelage with Kali devotee Sri Param), and deep study in Satyananda tradition, Mahayana Buddhist (Rigpa) stream 2. I started teaching Yoga in 2011. My trainings have given me the tools to develop my steadiness and calm as a human being, to see and know beyond the limited perception of the small mind and to develop my ability to have a deep understanding and compassion relating to myself and to others. The inner devotion to the state of blissful union within is the inspiration for my creative path as a Yogini. I teach to share the art of Yoga in its raw and beautiful form.
People love my classes because I am a supportive, encouraging and intuitive teacher. My classes range in diversity, from strong and challenging to restorative and soft. Always creative, with a centred focus on deep breath work, that allows people to drop into the stillness of their centre and practice from the heart in a moving meditation.
In my own words:
“Cultivate your bliss in the stillness of the heart, the gift of your inner jewel offers the truth of Bliss Consciousness, Sat~Chit~Ananda, this is the Nectar of Life!”
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Sat Nam, you’ll see me around Kundalini house teaching Kundalini yoga and meditation.
I started practicing yoga because I was drawn to a practice that would both move my body and help me connect to something more expansive than the world I knew.
I was inspired to continue because it was clear to me that I needed it! I wasn’t even sure why or how it helped at first, but it was just something I kept coming back to. The questions came after the answers in a way – and there were and still are many of them.
My training in Kundalini Yoga with Guru Jivan in Sydney and Vinyasa flow yoga with TRIBE International in Goa India, set me on my path of ongoing learning and listening; of continuing to explore the questions within myself, to then share my enquiries and some wisdom with others through teaching.
People love my classes because we work through a grounded practice with particular focus on supporting students to discover their own authentic wisdom. Each class is a shared moment of creating that is always different and sometimes profound.
“Truth is whatever heals” Yogi Bhajan.
I have been teaching since 2008. I have completed additional Level 2 Kundalini yoga training modules in Conscious Communication, Mind & Meditation, Authentic Relationships, Stress & Vitality and have begun training in Yoga Therapy. I am a Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healer.
Hi, you’ll see me around Kundalini house teaching Integrative Qigong.
I started practicing Qigong because I found it was great way to be present and mindful and I was inspired to continue because my life was enhanced through the practice and I was much more centred and at ease.
My training in Qigong has given me the tools to develop my self awareness and mind-body connection.
People love my classes because they are gentle and cultivate a sense of calm and connection to their subtle body.
It feels so good to realise that the Energy that creates worlds is supporting you; to feel it moving though your fingertips and through your mind; to see evidence all around you of the thoughts you have been thinking and to feel the power of who-you-are. ~ Abraham
I’ve been teaching since 2014.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Sat Nam beautiful souls, you’ll see me around Kundalini House teaching Kundalini Yoga.
I started practicing yoga because on the yoga mat is where I found solace. I loved how connected, balanced and centred I felt after a class. It was what helped me to get through a busy, stressful week.
I was inspired to continue because it helped me to heal myself during the most challenging time of my life. Meditation helped me to discover my life’s purpose to become a yoga teacher to share the gifts of this transformational practice with young and old.
My training in Kundalini Yoga with GuruJivan has given me the tools to plan and prepare well rounded, comprehensive classes. My training taught me that dedication, discipline and consistency is key.
People love my classes because I teach from my heart and keep it real. I use my intuition to feel into what is needed by my students and also use my own experiences in growth and discovery to deliver classes that are transformational, healing and inspirational.
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson
I started teaching in 2015.
Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, iRest for Recovery Teacher
Welcome to Kundalini House. You’ll see me around teaching restorative yoga, hatha yoga, sacred rest workshops, iRest yoga nidra meditation and offering shamanic healing sessions in the clinic.
I started practicing yoga because I found myself lost, confused and seeking an alternative to the world I found myself in. I was in a dark place, extremely depressed and unhealthy and something needed to change for my health and wellbeing.
I was inspired to continue because yoga practice felt like a sanctuary and the calmer and more grounded I felt after I experienced practice was changing my life for the better. My relationships were healthier; my skin was clearer, my energy levels increased and I began to feel comfortable with myself and in my skin and my anxiety attacks from PTSD were becoming non-existent.
My training in yoga has given me the tools to embody the practices and share with others. I have been blessed to train in many traditions and yogic styles with my present main influences being Dr. Richard Miller, Judith Hanson Lasater, Donna Farhi and my somatic movement teacher Martha Peterson.
I am a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, certified Prenatal yoga teacher and birth attendant, Sacred Female Yoga teacher, iRest yoga nidra certified instructor, Sound Healing Facilitator and Level 1 Somatic Movement Educator.
People love my classes because I am sharing practices that have been gifted to me and I am blessed to share. My classes are creative and innovative. I teach with compassion, clarity and a sense of humour. I am passionate about supporting individuals to find a sense of inner peace and stillness in the midst of the challenges and tensions of contemporary life.
Favourite quote (or your wise words)…
Yoga is a process of deconstructing all the barriers we may have erected that prevent us from having an authentic connection with ourselves and with the world. Yoga is a process of unbinding our limited ideas about ourselves and becoming free…Donna Farhi.
Year that I started teaching: 2004
Rachel is a certified trauma informed yoga teacher and iRest yoga nidra meditation teacher with the Integrative Restoration Institute (USA). iRest Yoga Nidra is an effective, researched based program to reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and in chemical dependency recovery.
Hatha & Kundalini Yoga Teacher,
Trauma Recovery Yoga Teacher
Hi and welcome, My name is Rhonda, you’ll see me around Kundalini house teaching Hatha, Kundalini and Yin Yoga.
I started practicing yoga in the late 1990’s because I was curious as to what this new thing was called ‘Yoga’.
I was inspired to continue because it connected me with my spirit, and allowed me to dwell within. I noticed it helped me greatly with anxiety, phobias, trauma and mental dis-ease I had suffered prior to my trainings. It has truly changed my life in every way possible.
My training started in 2011, with 500 hours of Hatha Teacher Training at The Byron Yoga Centre under the tutelage of John Ogilvie. In 2014 I completed 50 hours of Yin Teacher Training with Jo Phee. I then ventured into 220 hours of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Level 1 in 2015, at The Centre for Life, on the Gold Coast which is accredited by the Kundalini Research Institute.
This training has given me the tools to share what I have learnt, what I have experienced and what I know, in the hope it will help others to gain peace and release from stress.
People love my classes because I cater to all levels of experience and all body types. I bring a sense of warmth, humour and heart to my classes and I revel in inspiring others towards simplicity in their practices. I love to guide people towards connecting with their spirit and the stillness within the practices of mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques in combination with postures.
Favourite quote (or your wise words)… “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light” Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga
Number of years teaching – Rhonda has been teaching Hatha since 2011, Yin Yoga since 2014 and Kundalini Yoga since 2015.
Rhonda is a certified Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher of Kundalini Yoga (Level 1) and Hatha Yoga (E-RYT500). She has been practicing and teaching Yoga for the past 7 years. Completing her studies in ‘Foundations of Kundalini Yoga Therapy’ and ‘Kundalini Yoga for the Support of Trauma Recovery’ in 2017. Rhonda intends to inspire and facilitate a safe and non-judgmental space in which to offer the practice of Kundalini Yoga for the support of PTSD.
Rhonda’s qualifications include:
Kundalini Yoga for the Support of Trauma Recovery
Yoga Outreach Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training
Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga 20 hour certificate
Hatha Yoga Teacher 500 ERYT
Yin Yoga Teacher 50 hour
Kundalini Yoga & Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Sat Nam, you’ll see me around Kundalini House teaching Kundalini Yoga and Conscious Pregnancy Prenatal classes.
I started practicing yoga because I was invited to a kundalini yoga class by a friend. Having been a single mum and running my own business for many years my energy was pretty thin on the ground. The first class had such an impact, it felt quite different and I wasn’t really sure what was going on with the teacher in white and all that chanting but I knew my energy had lifted and I was hooked. Taking myself to kundalini classes felt like true body mind medicine and the resulting boost in my health and wellness kept me coming.
My training in kundalini yoga was with Guru Jivan. The training opened up the technology taught by Yogi Bhajan by working with kriyas that have remained unchanged for centuries. These teachings are needed more than ever with the pressure people are under today as kundalini yoga relieves our systems on every level.
I have worked with health and healing for over 20 years as a homeopath, bodyworker, with a passion in working with mothers and their journey into parenthood. I have a degree in Early Childhood and have completed the conscious pregnancy training with Suraj K Khalsa. I love to share these amazing techniques with mothers to be.
I was inspired to continue because becoming a teacher was just about going deeper and learning more about what I love. Being a teacher keeps me on my own practice with my nose in books and my body on the yoga mat delving into the practice.
Students love my class because… I asked one of my lovely students why people love my classes and she said this:
“Sue has a natural ability to hold a wonderful space during her class. Her passion and dedication to the teaching is very empowering. Her strong sense of intuition and in-depth knowledge of our physical and spiritual bodies always leaves me feeling very at peace. Sue always seems to tap into whatever we need to work on the day and it is a blessing to have her as a teacher.” Michele
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” Yogi Bhajan
I’ve been teaching Kundalini yoga since 2013.