Our Teacher Bios

Svaroopa® yoga teachers are trailblazers!

Working in a completely different paradigm, the teaching is  based on the most comprehensive yoga training available. They lead their students into experiencing their bodies in a whole new way, and going far beyond the physical benefits that yoga can provide. Svaroopa® yoga teachers lead the way with their own transformation, as well as helping others to transform their bodies, minds and lives.

Amanda Ahern

CSYT 700 hours:

YA member:

Embodyment® Yoga therapist.

From my first Embodyment® Yoga therapy session I became hooked on Svaroopa® Yoga. I immediately enrolled in the Foundations training and began teaching the following year -2006. It has been a rich and rewarding experience to not only learn how to open through and release my body’s deepest tensions, but have loved helping hundreds of others do the same. I regularly attend training intensives and retreats with Swami Nirmalananda and offer many ways to inspire and encourage my students to develop a strong foundational yoga practice in their life. I also offer Yoga Journeys which are holidays for that offer not only travel but transformation through the Grace of Svaroopa® Yoga, and the Scared Art of Yantra painting. Yoga Journeys destinations include Fiji, France, Byron Bay, Maleny, Northern Thailand.

I have been an international professional trainer/facilitator for over 30 years in the human potential movement and worked in creative and health promotional roles in Aboriginal Australia and Logan in Queensland. I am a published author and am passionate about supporting and inspiring others to live a creative and healthy life.

Amanda Cahill

I first experienced Svaroopa® yoga in 2007 after moving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. I was suffering from anxiety and my body was very stiff and sore most of the time. I was only 39 and I couldn’t even bend down and tie my shoe laces. After my first Svaroopa® yoga class I was amazed at how a 90 minute yoga class could release tensions in my body in such a profound way!  I literally felt like jelly afterwards and I experienced an unraveling  in my body that I had never felt before!

A year later I signed up for Foundations and since have completed Level 1& 2 teacher training, Embodyment® Yoga Therapy and Svaroopa® yoga Treating Pain therapy.

 

I now rarely ever have anxiety and am more flexible than I have ever been.  I love sharing this yoga and yoga therapy with others and helping others change their lives for the better like it has mine!

Angela Barnett

Certified Teacher Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher(CSYT), and commenced teaching classes on the Gold Coast and Melbourne in September 2005. At the commencement of 2005 Angela returned home to Australia, after working in Saudi Arabia for 4 years, seeking healing for the accumulated tension in her body and mind. Through Svaroopa® Yoga she found these tensions rapidly and easily unwound.

 

Angela is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience in Critical Care and Cardiac Nursing, currently working at Nambour, on the Sunshine Coast. In 2012 Angela moved to Gympie to establish a quieter lifestyle, and currently lives in Mooloo Valley. Angela’s warm, encouraging teaching style supports students to incorporate Svaroopa® yoga practice in their lives.

Annie Finn

I joined the Svaroopa® Yoga world in 2012. I attended a local class and noticed I was happier on my walk home! I booked into the Foundations course that year to learn more and started teaching that same year.  I intend to teach long into the future if I can. 

Since my training I continue to be amazed at how my students and I change each and every week.  It is not just the body – our changes are noticed in our personalities and how we view and respond to the world that impacts us daily.  We continue to blossom as we become more aware of our own Self and others.

I  integrate many healing modalities into my life and my extended family, friends and students.   I was introduced to alternative therapies and body work when I was a teenager, and use many aspects of healing to change my life and to help others.

I teach from a hall in Nundah, and from my home in Nundah, and offer group and private classes. 

Dana Clark

I have been a student of yoga since my mid 20’s and was drawn to teaching yoga after healing my body of chronic back and hip pain I had been suffering from since mid teens, due to a car accident. In 2003 I trained in a flowing style of Hatha yoga, “Radiant Light”, and was teaching in that style until a fellow yogi introduced me to Svaroopa® Yoga. That was the beginning of a wonderful journey of healing and transformation, not only for me but for the students I have taught along the way.  I became  one of the first Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teachers here in Australia and have been teaching in this style since 2007/2008. I have also trained in “Embodyment® Therapy”, a  yoga therapy which follows the same principles as the this style of yoga.  I have a small studio in Eatons Hill, QLD, where I teach group and private classes, workshops and have private Embodyment® yoga therapy sessions.

Janaki Murray

First hooked on Svaroopa® Yoga in 2001 at Swami Nirmalananda’s first Australian Foundations Course, Janaki began making many trips to the USA to train as a teacher. She currently offers regular classes, Deeper classes, Gentle classes, workshops, Meditation Courses, Vichara (Self Enquiry) sessions, Embodyment® and Yoga Therapy sessions. Janaki is also a mentor for teachers in training, a Certified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, Yoga Philosophy Group Discussion leader, Leading Teacher,  Janaki is dedicated to the growth of Svaroopa® Yoga as well as the support and encouragement of Svaroopa® students and teachers in Australia.

Jules Watson

I was drawn to Svaroopa® yoga in 2010 recovering from 14 years of chronic fatigue syndrome and seeking relief for sacroiliac and low back pain I had suffered since my early 20’s.

My intro to Svaroopa® yoga started with regular Embodyment® Yoga Therapy sessions which had a life changing effect on me. I started a daily home practice with the Magic 4 (set of Svaroopa® yoga poses) and booked into weekly classes and therapy sessions – I had found my healing path, my pain was diminishing and nothing else had made me feel so alive for years. That year I took the Svaroopa® Yoga Foundations course to deepen my own practice with the view to become a teacher ‘one day’. I learnt so much about my body – how the poses work to decompress the spine and how to find deep release in the gentle supported style. I knew I wanted to share what I had learnt with others, and continued my journey with Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Training and am now a Certified Svaroopa® Basics Yoga Teacher. I teach from my home studio at Eudlo, Sunshine Coast.

I love teaching and watching my students tensions unravel as they work through the blissful and supported poses. I am blessed to be part of a powerful, unique and healing Svaroopa® yoga style.

Julia Djaic

Julia started Svaroopa® Yoga in 2005 as a way to manage stress and find time for herself in the midst of her busy family life. After discovering the deep and profound effects the yoga had both in her body and mind, Julia knew this was a gift she wanted to share with others. In 2006, Julia embarked in teacher training, studying Svaroopa® Yoga both in Australia and in the USA under the guidance of Swami Nirmalananda.
Julia has been running regular classes since 2007, which specialize in small group classes and specially tailored one-on-one private classes designed for home practice to suit individual needs. Julia also offers Embodyment® Yoga Therapy sessions and two hour workshops, with a compassionate and friendly approach, in a relaxed environment. Julia continues her love and professional development of
Svaroopa® Yoga with a commitment to expanding her knowledge by continuing her education; supported by Master Yoga.

Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher (CSYT) and Embodyment® Yoga Therapist, Yoga philosophy Discussion Group Leader,  Certified Half Day Workshop Leader, Treating Pain Yoga Therapist.

Kerryn Godfrey

Certified Svaroopa® Basics Teacher and Embodyment® Yoga Therapist

 

I had been happily teaching in another style of yoga for several years when I read an article about Svaroopa® Yoga in 2012. I was so intrigued that I signed up for a Foundations course without ever attending a class! I was impressed with how easily and instantly this yoga created changes in my own body and also recognised its value for people with chronic pain, anxiety and/or mobility challenges.  I love that it makes yoga accessible to a diverse range of people and that it addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parts of ourselves.

I teach from a home studio in Ocean Grove, Victoria, and offer group and private classes.

Lynda Jones

CSYT: YA – Senior Teacher Member (Level 3 – YA 1000)

I was introduced to yoga, masage & bodywork in 1994 to rehabiltate RSI and to manage stress and depression. This experience proved to be essentially life changing as I was inspired to change careers and create a new life following this path.
Since that time, I have explored a wide range of healing therapies and practiced various styles of yoga, undertaking yoga teacher training in Australia and further study in India, and more recently, USA. Since gaining my initial qualifications, I have taught yoga and facilitated stress management/relaxation sessions for several corporate, government and community based organisations as well as yoga classes for students at local primary and secondary schools.
During 2007 I met Swami Nirmalananda (then Rama Berch) the originator of
Svaroopa® yoga and Embodyment® yoga therapy. I discovered the profound inner experience I had been yearning for which this style of yoga nurtures. I then began studying this transformative practice with Nirmalananda and the teachers at Master Yoga USA and continue with regular intensive trainings. I teach beginners and general yoga classes and workshops. I am also a certified Embodyment® yoga therapist seeing clients for yoga therapy and personal tuition.
I am passionate about inspiring and supporting others to explore their own potential, and continuing my own journey of healing, transformation and illumination.

Lynne Sommerville

I first came to yoga after a car accident in which I injured my back about 10 years ago. I tried almost every modality available to try and rid myself of the pain and nothing seemed to really help. My journey eventually led me to my first hatha yoga class in the Svaroopa® style and thought, “Why am I lying here? Nothing seems to be happening! I can do this at home!” Much to my surprise, I got up after the class and felt very different. My back was softer somehow, tingling and there was a sense of lightness and length that I’d never felt before. My pain was less than half of what it was before the class. I went back to class again and my lower back pain continued to improve and in a matter of weeks, I was pain-free and feeling wonderful! Since then, yoga continues to help me in my daily life and grow as a person, a teacher, a wife and a mother. My posture has improved and my sway back is a thing of the past. I stand and walk taller and my thinking is more focused and I feel more balanced and centred.

 

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Emphysema. My first X-ray showed “pockets of infection” as well as the disease. The second X-ray, early last year, showed the “pockets” had disappeared—still when I practised daily our special breathing, Ujjayii Pranayama, I experienced a stabbing pain in my right lung, always in one place. Another X-ray, late October, 2012, showed the Emphysema , although still there, was not progressing, and of course, no pain at all. My purpose for disclosing this information, dear friends, is to be able to track the progress or trustingly, non-progress of this very debilitating disease.I love Svaroopa® yoga and teaching yoga and I love playing a small part of the journey to better heal and happiness for my students.

Priti Kotecha

At Lotus Yoga centre I teach Svaroopa® Yoga, it is an easy style, enjoyable and suitable for most ages and levels of fitness. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga, as this style opens the body gently and deeply in a nurturing supportive way. This style of yoga helps relieve stress and pain in the body, improving the health of mind and body. Ending pain is easy with the spinal decompression that we call Core Opening – end your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. The focus is not on trying to master, or become perfect at poses, but rather to use the poses to reach into parts of the spine to unravel your deepest tensions. This promotes healing and transformation on all levels. It strengthens the whole body and mind.
The class is limited to 8 students, each student receives individual attention and alignments to maximise the benefits of their practice.

I am a fully certified Svaroopa® Yoga teacher with Master Yoga in USA. I have been teaching this style of yoga since 2001. Before becoming a yoga teacher I worked as an occupational therapist for 28 years. I am committed to ongoing education and training. I have further training to help people who are in pain with individual classes and Embodyment® Yoga therapy. Yoga helps you cope with whatever life may bring with even mindedness.

Tania Fletcher

I teach at Real Life Yoga, my dedicated yoga studio in Wynnum West, Brisbane. I have small personal classes of no more than 8 students, so each person receives individual attention.

 

My yoga journey started in 2012 with my very first yoga class. My body felt balanced, strong and fluid while my mind felt a sense of calm and clarity. This was enough to motivate me to take my first Teacher Training and start teaching within the year. I knew I wanted to share the physical, emotional and mental benefits of this amazingly powerful yoga in a friendly and supported environment.

I continue to attend further training and have recently completed Level  1 and 2.  I have also trained in Embodyment® and Yoga Therapy, a hands on healing modality that follows the same principles as Svaroopa® Yoga. I have also completed extra training to facilitate supporting a broader range of students to experience their yoga more deeply. Namaste Tania

Kim Lodge

I can remember recognising from a young age a deep yearning to feel comfortable in my own skin & to live from a place of truth, with openness and ease. Somehow I always knew this was a possibility but didn’t quite know how to achieve it. Without a doubt Svaroopa® Yoga answered that call.

My initial experience of Svaroopa Yoga was in 2011 when I took Foundations training. This was life changing for me & opened my mind to a whole new way of approaching a yoga practice. I followed this up in 2014 with Teacher Training and have been fortunate enough to teach ever since.

Svaroopa® Yoga as given me an ease & openness in body & clarity of mind that continues to improve as I age. It supports me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, even beyond what I thought possible and I am committed to offering that same support to my students through sharing Svaroopa® Yoga & by continuing my own personal growth through education and personal practice.

I have a purpose built; home based yoga studio in Wagga Wagga, NSW, teaching small classes and offering Embodyment® & Yoga Therapy sessions.

Svaroopa®Yoga Classes

Classes are available in many areas around Australia although mostly based in SE Queensland with a few teachers in Victoria. This information is updated regularly. 

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Svaroopa®Yoga Therapy

Embodyment® Yoga therapy treatment takes around 1 hour and gives you the benefits of 5 yoga classes. If you have a stiff neck & shoulders, bad back or have trouble sleeping then this is the session for you.  Click Here

Coming Events

Australian Svaroopa® Yoga Association (ASYA) hosts retreats once or twice a year, and bi-annually we are fortunate enough to have Shaktipat Retreat with Swami Nirmalananda. We also host a range of workshops throughout the year. See Calendar for coming events and mark the dates in your diary. 

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