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.

Donovan Holbrook, Yoga Teacher

Donovan comes from a dance and theatre background and has performed his traditional Hawaiian dancing at a variety of events across Queensland. His yogic journey began in Hawaii, where he was taught his first Downward Facing Dog. 

After experiencing the world from a different perspective, he decided to embark on a voyage of self-discovery. This led to experimenting with different styles of yoga and meditation, before choosing to dive deeper into the ocean of Vinyasa. Donovan wishes to share The Practice with as many people as possible, as yoga has given him an increase of energy and zest for life! 

Erin Ashley, Yoga Teacher

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.

Erin Horne, Yoga Teacher

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.

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.

Lauren Cuthbert, Yoga Teacher

Lauren Cuthbert infuses everything she does with an easeful joyous energy and a whole hearted devotion to inner and outer connection. 

Lauren brings to her teaching a depth that traverses from strength to deep vulnerability, sincerity to playfulness and alignment to freedom. 
Her passion for sharing yoga merges her love for Mother Earth, by encouraging yogi’s to connect to the movement of the breathe that unifies us with nature.

Founder of Karmic Journeys, Pilates Teacher and International Yoga Teacher – with 600+ hours of training world wide. Vinyasa flow (of all levels: beginners to advanced), Restorative yoga, Hatha, Partner yoga, AcroYoga, Meditation, Pilates are what you can expect to learn.

Lauren holds a nurturing yet transformational space in her workshops, environmentally conscious retreats, private groups, classes and festivals.  She believes the practice of yoga to be a transformational path to deeper vulnerability, accountability, connection and authenticity.   She empowers people to love in action throughout her facilitation of mindfulness and movement.

“With every breathe, we open a window of infinite possibility that gives us more clarity, gratitude, presence and meaning, by expanding into and remembering what is our truest nature underneath all of our layers.”

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.  

Talia Drew, Kids Yoga Teacher

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.