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ANGELIQUE DE GROUCHY – YOGA
Angelique took her first yoga class at the age of 18. From the moment she stepped on the mat, she knew that she had found something special. She wasn’t sure whether it was the dim lighting, the essential oils, the breathing, the movement, the mediation or a combination of all these things, but something seemed to spark in her that night. She stayed for savasana and floated blissfully out of the class feeling absolutely amazing. In the years that followed she slowly and steadily continued her practice, finding comfort and refuge in its dependability and familiarity. Funnily enough, half way through a Creative Arts Degree, Angelique realized she had an undeniable desire to teach the ancient art that she practised on the mat. The spark was strong, but with a Music Major to complete she questioned whether it could be done in that moment. Suddenly, she found herself daydreaming through university lectures and tutorials about an amazing yoga business that she could start. It would be about creating sacred space and fusing yoga, movement and mediation with stellar playlists and live music. It would be about breaking rules, having more fun, empowering people, encouraging a sense of connection and community. It HAD to be done. So in her final year of university, Angelique undertook her yoga teacher training. They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. They did.
That daydream has become The Yoga Sessions and the mission is to
Connect | Inspire | Encourage the whole world to cultivate MORE JOY & to become MORE EMPOWERED by practising the art of Yoga, Mindful Movement and Meditation to AMAZING music. With an eclectic professional background ranging from casting agency talent to business management to remedial massage therapy, Angelique will bring you a yoga class like no other.
GABY SHADFORTH – PILATES
Gaby is a fully qualified personal trainer, but her real passion is Pilates. She has had considerable back pain after bulging discs and having old horse riding injuries. Gaby started doing Pilates and her back pain was reduced by 95% and knew she just had to train up and share Pilates with other people.
Gaby is a former teacher so she really enjoy educating her clients about their bodies. In order to stay stronger for longer, it is important to know our bodies well, where we’re tight or weak and where we need to strengthen to protect old injuries.
Pilates is both a mind and body exercise which not only strengthens our muscles to cope better with the everyday physical stresses of life but also helps with relaxation and concentration. Gaby loves Pilates because it provides an all over workout. Pilates is not just for women, acrobats and dancers. It can be practised by anybody regardless of age, height, weight or sex.
BEN GAFFNEY – QIGONG
Qigong is a combination of exercise techniques designed to improve health, increase longevity, and enhance functional ability. These techniques have been developed and refined since antiquity and are based on the traditional Chinese medical premise that the body’s fluids must circulate without unnecessary blockage for optimal health. Similarly, potential and kinetic energy must circulate without unnecessary blockage for optimal movement, which makes these techniques of great value to athletes, martial artists, dancers, and yogis alike. Furthermore, it is understood that circulation deteriorates with age as a consequence of the muscular tension we all develop when we first learn to stand and move. The deterioration in circulation eventually leads to sub-optimal organ function and poor health over ensuing decades. Qigong aims to change the way we move to improve circulation.
ERIN ASHLEY – YOGA
Erin’s quotes her 20-year long practice of yoga and mindfulness as key to finding holistic life balance. “In life, change is guaranteed, and yoga teaches us how to respond skillfully and whole-heartedly to these changes.”
Erin has plenty of life experience to put her yoga into action, including managing the sudden death of her husband, parenting, moving houses and careers, not to mention the day-to-day changes we all face. Becoming a teacher of this ancient practice was only a natural step for Erin.
“Yoga is a way of getting to know your true nature – physically, energetically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And when you make time to nurture the relationship you have with yourself, you start operating in life in a way that keeps you inspired…in your spirit. Only then does your relationship with life itself and all the people in it thrive, in an engaged and compassionate way.”
Erin has an innate ability to create an amazing experience for anyone who has ever been taught by her. Trained in Power Yoga, Core Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation, she offers genuine care and support in her classes with an underlying flavour of inspiration that is subtle yet powerful.
SUSANNE MCALLISTER – NIA MOVEMENT
Susanne McAllister has been working in private practice as a Wellness Coach, Counsellor, Mentor and Clinical Hypnotherapist over the last 15 years in Spain, Germany and Australia.
Susanne has a string of degrees to her name and a passion for teaching Nia Dance, which she has been doing in various locations for 5 years.
She is a fully licensed Nia Instructor with many years of teaching and dedication to this somatic practice that follows’ The Joy of Movement” principle.
MADDIE BETTEGA – YOGA
Maddie has been practicing and teaching fitness classes, yoga and meditation for the past 19+ years in particular teaching individual private sessions, small groups and large groups (3–40 people).
Maddie has over 800 teaching hours, and her training is in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with a foundation in meditation, as that was the style in which her teachers were trained. Maddie’s personal practice includes many different styles, including Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Yin, Acro, Silks, Kids, Partner and Flow Yoga, and she incorporates different elements from those disciplines into each of her classes.
Maddie has also trained with Les Mills Australia, renowned experts, and she has learned to incorporate the healing powers of Pilates and Tai Chi into her classes. BODYBALANCE® is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm.
Maddie is a certified advanced level two yoga teacher, registered with the Yoga Alliance, and is currently working toward her chakra certification for continuing development.
DONOVAN HOLBROOK – YOGA
ERIN HORNE – YOGA
Erin is originally from Vancouver, Canada, where her yoga journey began in 2008 after a spinal injury from a snowboarding accident. She came to the practice seeking physical healing but stumbled across something much more powerful…. SAVASANA!! At the end of every class she felt this incredible sense of bliss and relaxation as she stepped back into the world. Over time she found increased strength and flexibility from yoga, but most importantly she found a bit of peace, calm and clarity. From this clarity came the desire and drive to share this experience with others. She wanted to be the one helping and guiding others to experience this state of relaxed bliss. In 2014 she began her yoga teacher training and is now a 500 hour certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. Erin’s classes are fun and flowing with a strong focus on settling the mind and finding that quiet space. She incorporates dynamic movement mixed with aspects of meditation and restorative yoga to create a balance between strength and stillness. Erin’s greatest joy now is watching her students leave class with the same expression she had on her face after that first savasana.
As well as teaching regular yoga classes, Erin’s business Varsha Yoga offers meditation classes, restful, restorative yoga workshops and half day mini retreats, all with a focus on deep relaxation.
TALIA DREW – YOGA
Talia is an athletic, energetic young lady with a passion for health and wellbeing. She has been practising yoga since the age of 14 as it has been an integral part of her competitive swimming training and played a significant role in her rehabilitation from double knee surgery. She is wanting to share the many benefits she has received from yoga to both children and adults. Talia is currently studying nutrition at university, swims daily and chooses a healthy relaxed lifestyle. She feels yoga is a great support in helping everyone of all ages deal with the stresses of our daily activities, giving us the strength to tackle all that life throws at us. Talia will be teaching Children’s yoga, Adults Fitness yoga, Adults yoga and Relaxation and Stress Relief for both Children and Adults. Her neutral style of yoga and relaxation allows for all ages and abilities to feel comfortable and receive what they feel they need from her classes. She wants all children to feel satisfaction in their academic and social lives with ease and for all adults to feel calm and empowered for the day ahead with the simple addition of yoga. Talia created her own business PURE asana in 2016 as her goal is to help others to feel fulfilled in there day to day lives and to help them become the best version of themselves.
ANGIE KOCH – NIA MOVEMENT
Angie has completed the Nia White belt and Moving to Heal trainings. Based on the Sunshine Coast Queensland, Angie knew from her first class she’d found something special, that freedom and joy of movement which had been missing for so long. For over 6 years Angie has worked towards becoming a Nia teacher so that she can share her love of Nia with you.
Angie’s passion brings a holistic fitness approach to Nia. Allow your body, mind and spirit to re-connect to your inner child through movement in a joyful and playful way. Experience the freedom, leave all distractions behind and explore the sensation of music and movement in your own body’s way. Angies comfortable and enjoyable approach to Nia suits any experience and fitness level.
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