Class Instructors

Meet our teachers below or view our studio schedule here.

Angelique De Gruchy, Yoga Teacher

Angelique de Gruchy has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for nearly 20 years and is the third generation in her family to teach the ancient art. With a deep passion for both yoga and music, she carefully fuses the two by crafting exclusive and seamless soundtracks to build the flow and enhance the energy within a session.

A natural teacher, Angelique has the ability to delicately weave elements of yoga asana and philosophy, alongside mindfulness, creative visualization and positive psychology to inspire and empower yogis to LIVE their BEST life both on and off the mat.

With an extensive background in yoga (RYT500 – Vanessa Rudge, Michael Daly & Shiva Rea), Remedial Massage Therapy (Dip Rem Mass) and Creative Arts (BCA), Angelique is sure to guide you through an inspiring and empowering flow.

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.

Gaby Shadforth, Pilates Instructor

Gaby is a fully qualified personal trainer with a passion for Pilates. After suffering with considerable back pain, bulging discs & horse riding injuries, she began training in Pilates. This reduced her back pain by 95%. She knew at this point that she just had to share & train Pilates to others.

 

Gaby is a former teacher and loves to educate clients about their bodies, how to stay stronger for longer & 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.

Maddie Battega, Yoga Teacher

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 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’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. She 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.

Leah Corey, Yoga Teacher

Leah is an expat from Portland Oregon who was originally introduced to yoga in high school. After needing a big shift in her life Leah began to deepen her practice. She had a thirst for learning and desire to help others. In 2014 she studied and became a Yoga Teacher so she could help others deepen their experience in life in one aspect of yoga. 

 

The journey of yoga has opened Leah’s world to other health modalities, alternative healings and expanding consciousness of the mind through the simple everyday day use of the breath. Over her many years of practice and study Leah offers to help others through holistic coaching, energy healing, body work and physical yoga practice. She continues to unlearn and reprogram her life from her practices and is excited to share her learnings and practice with others.

Susanne McAllister, NIA Movement Instructor

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.  

Daniel Cuming, Yoga Teacher

With a background in martial arts, hip hop, and high intensity interval training, Daniel had been introduced to yoga various times as a recommendation to supplement his training. However, he only answered yoga’s call after an ankle injury prevented him from performing much of his usual movement.

As they say; “When it rains it pours”. At an already tumultuous time in Daniel’s life, losing his ability to move and exercise regularly was losing his primary form of self-therapy. He decided to seek out a yoga studio to deepen his practice, & through immersing himself in what he thought would be a temporary way to safely exercise while injured, Daniel gained a new perspective on movement. Gaining the ability to move much more freely & with a new found power and control. As amazing as the physical benefits were, it was the shift in consciousness that brought Daniel to truly fall in love with yoga.

He became much more content, calm, and mindful, leading the way for him to return to his previous experience in meditation, & movement with renewed enthusiasm and clarity. Unified with Daniel’s passion for psychology, philosophy, and his playful attitude, he now strives to bring all these aspects together into teaching.

When he is not practicing yoga, Daniel can be found traveling the world, writing music, cooking plant-based foods, and climbing trees in the forest.

For Rachel, Yoga is about transformation. Using our practice on the mat as a cocoon to grow and learn from and then emerge back into life anew! Yes yoga is strengthening, balancing and lengthening for the body and this is wondrous in itself. And yet yoga gifts us with so much more.. 

Rachel loves vinyasa yoga because there is so much beauty being in flow. Such great awakenings are offered within the asanas and also within the transitions between the asanas. There is so much to explore! 

Rachel offers classes to suit all bodies and experience, providing options so that the class can be practiced at the student’s own pace. Listening to, accepting and honouring your body in yoga and in life is of most importance! 

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat and guiding you into your weekend with a joyful heart, a balanced body and a present mind. Namaste!

Lucretia Lloyd, Yoga Teacher

Coming from a busy corporate world and a busy life as a parent, Yoga literally changed Lucretia’s perspective of life and how we should be living! For her, it is a way of life. It has allowed her to access faculties deep within her, she never knew existed. “I feel like I am swept into a vortex of no time, pure love, pure enjoyment and pure presence. A blend between effort and surrender, work and rest, doing and being, relaxed calm”. It was something Lucretia knew she had to share with the world, to help others access this state of flow – performing a highly focussed activity with prefect mental relaxation and stability.

Lucretia’s classes are filled with breath work, to bring the mind into the body; meditation, to become familiar with our inner world and movement combined with the breath, to access flow and ease within our being – an ongoing dance, a balance between all three areas. Lucretia loves yoga and can not wait to share this very special practice with you, just dive in at the level you are ready and willing to participate at, where you will learn to trust in the practice itself. Namaste