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ANGELIQUE DE GRUCHY – YOGA
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.
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.
LILY TALOOLA – YOGA
Lily Taloola has come from a background in sports, health & wellness and was introduced to the practice of yoga after suffering a wakeboarding injury in 2010. Yoga helped Lily recover from the injury fast but once she had experienced the powerful benefits this practice has on the mind and body, she knew this was the beginning of a very special journey.
After a few years of self-study, Lily enrolled in her first teacher training course in 2015, Today she has a background in hatha vinyasa flow, yoga for rehabilitation, personal training & nutrition, yoga nidra, acro yoga, stand up paddleboard yoga, yoga for children & private yoga classes.
She has travelled far and wide to help share the health benefits from this practice by working with different communities.
Now Lily has settled here on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and specialises in her passion for women’s yoga, yoga for kids and live music/sound healing yoga.