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Beacon Yoga Teachers

Bobi Ward

I sought Yoga in the 80's after receiving a serious spinal injury in a car crash. I did most of my classes supine, with OAP'S, in drafty village halls using only a sleeping bag. I practised in various towns throughout the U.K. with many sympathetic, experienced and talented teachers.

After arriving in Fremantle in the 90's, with 2 young children knowing no-one, I received connection and community in the one constant in my life, "yoga". On this safe plateau I started to address the spiritual  aspects of yoga, and in 2001 I completed the FinY teachers training course and have taught yoga ever since. There always seems to be an answer to any dilemma I may have in my life in the yoga teachings that have been observed and recorded for thousands of years. Humans are still humans no matter what century.

My style of yoga consists of sequences mindfully executed, flowing with the focus on breath and connectivity. I like to encourage self-reflection and total body awareness. Desikachar and Dru Yoga are my paths at the moment. My favourite "yogic" books, at present are The miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh and When things fall apart by Pema Chodran. Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) is another passion, something I turn to frequently enabling me to "unwind my mind" from the constant trials living consists of. The Sankalpa or self goal I feel is a very important aspect to help move through and let go of disabling historic habits. I like to end most classes with a mini version.
Tony Holmes

I have been teaching Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre since 2006.  The Tuesday night class I take is a general class and has an emphasis on grounding, restorative practices. The primary focus of each class is to practice with an awareness of the breath and to extend the physical body with a few physical challenges thrown in.

Classes suit all levels but assume some degree of previous yoga experience.
Julie Wilkinson
I attended my first yoga class 48 years ago in Perth, at the Perth Yoga School.  Yoga was very new to Perth at that time, but from the very first class, I felt that I had "come home", that this was something significant I had discovered and I took to it "like a duck to water".

For the next 25 years I attended classes spasmodically, in various locations and recognise today how this helped me to centre myself during some rough times in my life, to find peace of mind.

Around this time, in the early 1980's I came to the Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre after seeing the advertisement in the local newspaper and attended classes with teachers Swami Lakshmi, David Spier, Graham Hodges, Terri Matich, Janiki, and several others, all with great enthusiasm and enjoyment.   I remember working physically strongly in Graham's class, but "walking on air" as I left the hall.  Such is the effect of focus on the body/mind practise.   Here I first attended Satsang and began to explore the spiritual teachings.

Since then, I have attended numerous retreats at Mt. Helena Theosophical Society, Redemptorist Monastery in North Perth, IYTA Conventions in Sydney (2), Uluru, and a 10 day Vipassana retreat in Brookton.  These were wonderfully informative and have given me the pleasure of meeting others on the same path.  Overseas I have attended classes in Toronto, Vancouver and my most memorable was in India in 1990 with Sw. Ramachandrananda when the ashram organised a tour to Rishikesh.

Gail Cornish suggested that I consider studying the accredited Teacher Training Course with Friends in Yoga Inc. (FinY) which was a great learning experience for me.   I graduated in 1993  from their first Teacher's Training Course.   My 20 years teaching other students have mostly been at the Ashram but also Samson & Leeming Recreation Centres.
Donna Kirkland

Coming to Donna’s class you will experience yin/yang yoga.  Yin yoga is when you hold postures for an extended period of time, in a very passive way, stretching the fascia and connective tissues. In the holding you will be putting good stress into the joints, ligaments and tendons.

The second part of the class you will be doing stronger vinyasa flow yoga to build the strength of the muscles.

The complimentary Yin / Yang

Donna has been teaching yoga since 2002, completing her Hatha training and has continued her education practicing with many local and International Yogis.  She has most recently completed a 50 hour Yin Training with Jo Phee.

Jill Phillips

My Yoga background extends back to 1980 when I attended classes with a friend in North London. After emigrating to WA in 1994 and the birth of my 6th child, I became involved with IYA WA.

My involvement at the Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre began by attending classes when Lakshmiananda offered me to take her Saturday am classes, and then the Friday evening one.

Over the last 5 years or so I have taught consistently at the Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre, taking various classes. For me teaching at the Ashram is a true privilege and I know lots of people, some of whom I consider are good friends, other people I look forward to seeing and spending time with.

Yoga is a constant source of pleasure and help in my busy daily life, physically, mentally and spiritually, and to sum up, a truly good tool on my lifes journey, enhancing my faith in God. I hope I impart this at all times in different ways to the students I have the opportunity to meet and teach.
Gail Marlow

I have practised Yoga on and off for 20 years. My first teacher taught Ashtanga at the Palmyra Recreation Centre which has since been demolished. About 7 years ago I searched for a teacher's training course but could only find Iyengar schools and few courses were available then.

A number of events lead me to undertaking the FinY course in 2004. Firstly, a dear friend spent some time in the Satyananda Gosford (NSW Central Coast) Ashram and commented on how wonderful it was: the lifestyle, the people and how he felt. It was then by luck that I attended a Bowen conference in Canberra and decided to spend 10 days in the Ashram.

It was at the Satyananda Ashram that one of the Rishi commented that I could teach. Upon my return home, a friend suggested I sign up for the FinY course at the
Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre. This was a wonderful experience that continues and was the start of another journey.
Angela Perkins

I began practicing yoga in my late teens, and consider yoga to have been a wonderful gift in my life. Throughout the various phases of my life (studying, working and nurturing a family) my yoga practice has been a golden thread, linking me back to a peaceful, calm, clear state of mind.

I completed the FinY Teacher Training Course in 1998, which gave an introduction to the great big wide world of yoga! There is so much diversity and innovation amongst yoga teachers today, and I love the ongoing journey of learning that yoga provides.
Colleen Ryman

I was first introduced to yoga in my teens, and began as a yoga student when my first son was young.  Yoga gave me time to connect with my inner self; I consider yoga to have been a wonderful gift in my life. Throughout the various phases of my life (studying, working and nurturing a family) my yoga practice has been a golden thread, linking me back to a peaceful, calm, clear state of mind.

Chinmaya Saraswati

I started to practice yoga 20 years ago. My first yoga teacher was my mum who read yoga books to me at the age of five.

A strong curiosity to know more about myself led me to my teacher Swami Niranjananda Saraswati in India 2005. Since then I have undergone various yoga trainings in India and Australia and graduated with a Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training at Mangrove Yoga Academy, NSW.

To teach yoga at Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre for me is a privilege and rare opportunity to practice Serve Love Give sadhana given by Swami Sivananda.

As a messenger of yoga I try to help people balance their life and discover their own full potential.
Heidi Woschnak

A knee reconstruction in 1997 was the catalyst for Heidi to step into her first yoga class, a moment she has never looked back on. From there, she embarked on a journey exploring Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga and Bikram as a student before completing her first Vinyasa Flow teacher training 9 years later in Sydney with Wade Imre Morisette.

The teachings, chanting and inspiration of Wade wetted her appetite for further education and exploration that took her to Rishikesh in India to complete Hatha training in 2007, which in turn led to a Core Strength Vinyasa training with Sadie Nardini and a Women's Cancer Survivor training with Tari Prinster in New York in 2009.

Aside from the inspirational teachers Heidi has trained under, emotions and injury have been her greatest teachers in life and why she is passionate about strengthening the body's core, to keep a supple spine to manage the lower back, in addition to keeping the hips and heart open and free from the weight of emotions.
Having worked in marketing both interstate and overseas, Heidi is back in Perth after 16 years away, focusing on her passion of food and yoga as a holistic wellness coach, whilst enjoying being a first time mother at 43.
Liz Pippet

I started yoga at age15 and it is now a part of my life. It has been invaluable to me on so many different levels; during my pregnancies, in times of crisis, times of change and times of fortune. I always leave a Yoga class feeling uplifted and ready for whatever comes my way.

As an Occupational Therapist I have worked in a variety of settings including mental health, working with the elderly, and in paediatrics and have noted the benefit that yoga has to offer all these groups.

After many years of practicing I decided it was time to follow my heart and undertook the Friends In Yoga Teaching Training Course. I now look forward to making Yoga accessible to all who may be interested.

I also enjoy practicing and teaching Tai chi. I am trained in Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, a program designed by Dr Paul Lam and a team of health specialists and Tai Chi experts.

Tessa (Bindu) Robinson

Tessa became interested in yoga around 30 years ago and then started teaching after completing a 3 year FinY training course at the Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre in 2003. She has for many years been involved with Satyananda Yoga in NSW and Perth.

She started meditating with Transcendental Meditation in 1977. She is very well known for her kirtan (singing sacred mantras) at the Sivananda Ashram Beacon Yoga Centre and has been sharing this wonderful talent with the wider community since 2003.

Christine Farrell (Shakti                                                                                     

My teacher trainings in yoga asana, pranayama and meditation began with Siddha Yoga Dham in  U.S.A. 1980 and  India, Ganeshpuri, 1981 with Swami Muktananda. Following this with Joy Spencer of Sivananda School (Melb) 1986, a leading figure in the Australian yoga movement at the time and for the last 18 years l have been inspired by ShantiMayi. 

I began teaching yoga in Victoria in 1981. My other work has me serving many people as a counsellor (of Conscious Counselling) and a part time teacher within the education department.

My classes are based in sound yogic practise, leaning into and from Compassion.

For me, everything in my life is yoga. In 1979 the yoga revolution turned my life in the direction of conscious self-discovery, understanding the depth of my Heart…What a Journey it is !!!

And within that, the practise of asanas, pranayama, relaxation, mindfulness and chanting are an incredible help in keeping ‘the balance’

To share with others is a real joy and privilege.

Nabilla Antipas

My classes draw on the different styles I have practiced combining aspects of Classical Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga. In a class I will guide you through sound alignment for your body, breath work (pranayama), meditation and relaxation. I enjoy weaving postures together in an artful, often dynamic, flow to improve core strength, focus and to have fun.

Having experienced the support of yoga through pregnancy and early motherhood, I’ve become interested in women’s yoga including fertility support, pre and post natal yoga. I welcome pregnant women and those coming back to yoga after pregnancy to attend my general classes (please let me know at the beginning of class so I can support you better).

I have studied and practiced under many teachers. I’ve been teaching for 5 years since completing a 200 hour teacher training with Cat Kabira and another with A.G., Indra and Ganesh Mohan (students of Krishnamacharya). I’ve also completed Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss’s Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga course and Ana Davis’s Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training.

Irena Brnic

Irena Brnic started Yoga more than 15 years ago.

After exploring different styles and teachers, “I came back to where I started and completed my Teacher Training Course at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Scotland in 2009".

Since then she has been teaching Yoga in Germany, Bali and Australia and has continued to attend workshops as well as ongoing training. 

She has furthered her studies in Yoga and is trained as a Life-Coach and Ayurvedic therapist.

Irena's 6.30pm Wednesday afternoon class involves classical asanas (postures) that open the energy channels, including sun salutation, relaxation and pranayama (breathing exercise). Pranayama enhances concentration and mental stamina bringing balance to body and mind and connecting you to a deeper experience of yoga.

Querida Hutchinson

Saturday 7am - Vinyasa Flow
Querida first experienced yoga as part of a Mindfulness program in 2005, and got completely hooked at a weekly corporate yoga class in 2006.

Somewhere inside, she knew she would always ‘do yoga’. She studied with Byron Yoga Centre in 2009 and her biggest lesson was the joy that comes from sharing your passion with others. She is currently teaching here at the Beacon Yoga Centre.




















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