Teachers

Learn about our teachers philosophies, specialties, and the styles they teach.

Amy

Amy

"I was first introduced to yoga because of back issues, and it’s been integral in keeping my spine healthy. I’ve also been fascinated by how yoga mirrors life. Both are ongoing journeys of self-discovery and transformation, always presenting new challenges and moments of reflection."

Over the past thirty years, Amy has practised various forms of yoga in New York, London and Sydney, but has been drawn most to the deep study of Iyengar. In 2002, she travelled to Sivananda’s South Indian ashram to start her teacher training [300hrs]. Then, in 2005 she completed 500 hours of YogaWorks teacher training, a combination of Iyengar & Ashtanga, to gain a deeper knowledge of the poses and sutras.

Amy teaches a strong, clearly instructed class set to music, creating an environment that is relaxed and unintimidating.  Her favourite pose is Savasana, final relaxation. “It reminds me of how far I’ve come in my practice. For many years, I would leave class before Savasana started, ‘I was too busy to lie around,’ is what I told myself. Now I welcome a long Savasana to absorb the benefits of the practice and instill a grounding that I take into my day.”

“The view and the community at The Living Room are unparalleled, it’s magic. We are incredibly lucky to have the ocean views and the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, it’s so rare.”

Anastasia

Anastasia

"The result of the practice is the Yoga. The return to or strengthening of your wholeness. The shift in your resonance and vibration to an empowered and connected state with which to live through and from."

“The result of the practice is the Yoga. The return to or strengthening of your wholeness. The shift in your resonance and vibration to an empowered and connected state with which to live through and from.”

Mother, integrative coach, healer, retreat facilitator and the creator of Resonance Yoga, a unique and reverent blend of movement, meditation, mantra, and breathwork that encompasses 20+ years of study and experience. Anastasia has been teaching and guiding students since 2003.

After graduating from UWS, Sydney with a BA in Dance, then studying Acting at Oxford University and in New York City Anastasia began shifting her focus to yoga, meditation, self-development, and the healing arts.

From art galleries to yoga studios, she has run classes, programs and events everywhere from New York to Bali, and Hong Kong to Sydney. Anastasia believes the practices of yoga, breathwork and meditation are for all and a generous way to support and elevate yourself to live from an authentic and empowered space from within. Anastasia brings a masterful and much-needed blend of inspiring and insightful wisdom for your entire being and every day experiences, an inspiring and effective way to approach one’s self and life with courage, reverence and a conscious heart.

Anastasia is honored to be able to share her work with students from around the world, to empower, nourish and fortify one within themselves and toward a rich and fulfilling experience of self and life. Ever a student of life, she continues to evolve, embodying the essence of her teachings and inspiring others to embark on their own journeys of growth and self-realization.

Annie

Annie

"I weave my musicality and free movement into personal practice and teachings. I am passionate about good health, well-being and self expression through creative modalities to bring people back to themselves."

Yoga truly landed for me during my first solo adventure in 2013. I was soul searching in Thailand – visiting yoga shalas in response to a very loud call to deepen my spiritual practice… the first (of many) steps to discover what I am, and what I am not.

After many years as a humble student, the time finally aligned to delve into teacher training and I completed 460 hours with the IYTA and a further 50 hours of Yin Training with Yogatime. Having spent over 15 years performing professionally as a singer and dancer in the arts industry, I weave my musicality and free movement into personal practice and teachings. I am passionate about good health, well-being and self expression through creative modalities to bring people back to themselves. I may have become a yoga teacher, but I will never cease being a student.

Annie is currently based in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and is a member of the Bondi Kirtan band. Along with yoga she teaches vocal and dance lessons and enjoys the occasional catering gig as a ‘conscious cook’.

Beverley

Beverley

"My work revolves around self-healing"

Beverley has worked as a therapist, counsellor, and healer for the past 40 years. It is from this background that she skillfully works to bring about self-healing for her students. Through her many years of work she has come to know that to really unravel patterns and stuck energy, one needs to face the issues at the mental, emotional, physical, and energetic level, with guidance from the spiritual level.

Beverley runs group Meditation classes and also has a private practice. She teaches meditation 3 times a week at The Livingroom which consists of a combination of Buddhist style sitting practices and deep relaxation.

Beverley’s qualification includes diplomas in Bodywork, Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychodynamics, Sand Play. She has a post-graduate diploma in Transpersonal Studies, Psychophysical Healing, and Hypnosis. For the past 20 years, Beverley has been a practicing Buddhist in Tibetan Buddhism.

The Livingroom is a special sanctuary for Beverley, she has been teaching here since the very beginning in 2008!

Claudine

Claudine

“Tuning into the body and moving with the breath creates the potential for immense transformation”

Claudine’s yoga journey began with the Ashtanga tradition under the tuition of Martine Allars and she has since trained in Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin. With a background in dance and free movement, Claudine knew when she discovered yoga that it would be a practice for life. Claudine believes that tuning into the body and moving with the breath creates the potential for immense transformation. In a world filled with noise and distractions, Claudine leads a yoga practice to help you quiet the mind, connect to the breath, and tap into your own inner strength and capability.

Her favourite pose is ardha chandrasana (half moon). It’s an opportunity to both ground down to the earth, embracing the single-minded presence of balance, and expand and open to the sky, fingertips reaching up. Grounding and expansion perfectly balanced, what a two-for-one deal!

She has studied under Don Peers, Duncan Peak, Gina Brescianini, Karolina Syzmala, Patrick Beach, and Carling Harps.

Claudine’s classes are intelligently sequenced, dynamic, and designed for all.

Dani

Dani

"Yoga is so important to me because it keeps me in the present."

Dani discovered yoga when she was in her teens. Yoga became a staple in her life, whether she was practising at her small, local studio in Sleepy Hollow, New York, or with hundreds of yogis on retreat in Bali.

“Yoga is so important to me because it keeps me in the present. As a very “type A” person, I recognise that I am often go-go-go and looking for what’s next. Yoga has always been my grounding force, helping me to live and appreciate the now I am living in. I like to focus my classes on being present, grounded and connected.

 The Livingroom is a stunning place to do yoga. There is something that makes you feel more present and purposeful when you are practising so close to something as vast as the ocean. You’ll know exactly what I mean once you walk into the studio! The delicious post-yoga food right below at Barzura doesn’t hurt either…”

Dani’s favorite pose is Triangle, Trikonasana. “It is such an important pose that teaches you a lot about alignment and presence, two things that I like to focus on in my classes. Plus, that side body stretch just feels so damn good!”

Dani’s qualifications include 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – BodyMindLife, and 50 Hour Sequencing Training – Body Mudra Teacher Training.

Destiny

Destiny

"Yoga transforms my life and guides me through my healing journey."

Destiny is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, and Rebirthing Breathwork Facilitator. She offers holistic movement, breath, meditation, and sound practices to help you feel nourished, connected, and empowered in your wholeness and belonging.

“I was drawn to yoga and meditation when I stumbled across Ram Dass’ book “Be Here Now”. My first life-changing pose was savasana, which taught me the power of stillness and surrender, and it’s still one of my absolute favourites! My consistent yoga practice really evolved about a decade ago when I stumbled into a yoga studio while living in China. The heart-opening asanas were exactly what I needed during a time when things felt unsteady in my life.

Yoga is a powerful pathway for presence, connection, and expansion. Each pose is a container for mediation and our practice is our mirror in which to sincerely see, understand, and connect with our true selves. Through our practice we begin to surrender our fears and soften our hearts to allow more space for deep compassion and respect for all life. When we are connected we can love a little deeper, live with more purpose, discover contentment, and rise together.

I love teaching at The Livingroom with the ocean views, sounds, and breeze calling us into presence during our practice- magical. The Livingroom has a special peaceful energy, and I love teaching in my local Coogee hood and spending time with the community.

Currently my favourite pose is it’s Camatkarasana, Wild Thing – it always feels so deliciously expansive and expressive. Also, cool fact is that in sanskrit Camatkar translates to miracle.”

Destiny has over 400 RYT hours of yoga training, am a qualified Rebirthing Breathwork Facilitator, and have trained in Vedic and Mindfulness Meditation. Destiny has undergone training with Duncan Peak, Nicole Walsh, Lara Zilibowitz, Persia Juliet, Matt Ringrose, Nicola Ellis. More recently she has been influenced by the teachings of Shivea Rea, Anna Forest, and Seane Corn. Destiny is an avid meditator and incorporates the mindfulness teachings of Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield into classes to invite compassionate presence in the practice. Destiny is currently my second year of a two year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Tara and Jack.

Karolina

Karolina

"Yoga highlights the interconnectedness of Everything"

Karolina discovered yoga when she was in college. “I remember my first class being extremely challenging as I couldn’t do most asanas, but I also recall feeling very content, happy and alive afterward.” Karolina knew back then, that this practice would be an essential part of her everyday life… and she was right!

When Karolina first started yoga her practice was all about being able to execute the asanas (physical postures) and maintain mindful breathing, but with time the importance of yoga and the reason why she practiced had shifted. Today her yoga practice keeps her grounded and reminds her of the interconnectedness of all things. It keeps her accountable for her own integrity expressed through her everyday living.

Karandavasana is Karolina’s favourite pose, as she has been challenged by it and working on it for some time now and she finds there is no time or space for switching off while attempting it. Full presence!

Karolina is 1000+hrs Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, a mentor at the Jivamukti Teacher’s Apprenticeship Program, a certified Yin Yoga Teacher, and a Mysore Program Assistant under guidance of Eileen Hall.

“I love the sweet and eclectic community that I’m blessed to be a part of at The Livingroom. Not to mention the beautiful, rewarding ocean view! The medicinal sound of the ocean is the best Shavasana soundtrack I could ever ask for in my classes.”

Lou

Lou

"Yoga is a system for navigating everyday life with both courage and ease."

I stumbled upon Yoga 8 years ago in Europe while working in the all-consuming job. While initially intended as exercise, I noticed how my time on the mat also provided relief from the growing pressure, imbalance and disconnection I felt.I didn’t know why or how but no matter what went on in class, I would always leave feeling lighter and uplifted. I was hooked!This practice is like a training ground for stepping into ourselves. It’s a complete system to access the wisdom of the body, fine-tune energy, sharpen the mind and connect to the heart.
I feel so blessed to walk this path and to be able to share its magic with others, especially in the delightful setting that the Livingroom offers.My happy place is Sirsasana, the headstand. To me it’s like discharging an electric wire (my mind) into the earth while feeling “plugged in”! I feel peaceful and aligned.
Lou has completed 350h of teacher training at Sukha Mukha and has continued her studies in anatomy, subtle body and Yogic philosophy through many wonderful teachers.
Mark

Mark

Yoga is important to me, it’s a way of life with the aim to awaken to the present. Is there anything more important than that?

Mark first discovered yoga in the 90s with his mum at a Les Mills’ Body Balance gym class and liked how it calmed the mind and stretched the body.

Mark’s practice has ebbed and flowed into a way of ‘being’ since then. From trainings in Sydney at Samadhi and Sukha Mukha 200hr to ashrams in India at Sivananda Trivandrum and Osho Pune and intensive retreats with much-loved guru Clive Sheridan where the adventure toward consciousness has been transforming.

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” Hermes Trismegistus

Mark has also been studying astrology for almost two decades and interweaves the cycles of the planets and seasons into his teachings. Mindfulness, acceptance, kindness, joy and the art of ‘sitting with’ are what he wishes to bring to his practice.

I first went to a class at the Livingroom back in 2012 and was taken aback by the waves being such an integral part of the class. There have been many memories along the way like doing astrology readings in the clinic room and holding Kirtan with Beck, Phil and Julio.

Max

Max

"The golden chain of Yogis is not a chain of teachers, but a golden chain of students."

Max’s introduction to Yoga was an unassuming moment that would prove to shape his direction and personal growth. When Max was eight years old, his mum came back from a Yoga class inspired to share with him and his sister an ancient mantra she had just learned. This moment held in it a foreshadowing that none of them knew at the time. This mantra she taught them invokes inner radiance and outer gratitude honouring the light of the sun. This cornerstone mantra of the Yogic tradition is called the Gayatri Mantra. Since that day, it has stuck with them. A soothing rhythm and phrasing to settle the mind, body and spirit in any moment. Fast forward and the lasting impression has been life affirming to say the least! Max, his sister and mum have all pursued the Yogic path professionally and personally.  

Since his youth, Max has been a practitioner of Yoga. At the age of 26 he moved to the Himalayan Foothills to train with world renowned Yogic-vedantic pioneer Anand Mehortra. Living in Rishikesh India for over three years under the close personal guidance of Anand Ji, Max developed an integrated approach to Yoga, incorporating Asana (movement), Pranayama (Breath) & Kriya (Meditations). Eternally a student, Max is well versed in Vedic philosophy, Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), Meditation Initiation and Kirtan (The Yoga of Sound). 

“You are the path, the path is you.” – Anand Mehrotra

With an accessible approach for all levels of experience, Max practices the way he teaches. The class is shaped to meet you where you are at. His class can be seen as a journey from beginning to end. It all fits together to create an uplifting and consolidating experience with each class having a clear intention of benefits. Utilising the fundamentals of breath, movement and meditation, Max guides a practice that nourishes all levels of our being.