BAYSIDE YOGA - TEACHERS
Michelle started Bayside Yoga in 2009. She has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for over 26 years and teaching for 17 years. She began Iyengar Yoga at St Kilda Yoga school and later completed her teacher training with Senior Iyengar teacher Peter Scott. She continues to develop her personal practice and teaching skills with Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s most experienced and respected Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers. She has traveled many times to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family including attending classes with Geeta & Prashant Iyengar. Michelle is a qualified Iyengar Yoga instructor. Michelle is also an illustrator and artist @ Michelle's Art.
Jodie is undergoing her Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with James Bahuth at Yogaha and has been a student at Bayside Yoga for the past 4 years. Her yoga path began at 16 when she was introduced to Satyananda Yoga followed by Gita Yoga. When moving to South Australia Jodie was taught by Patsy Lindschau who was directly taught by Mr. B.K.S Iyengar during the 70s. In early 2000 Jodie began her Yoga Teacher Training through the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). Practising yoga allows Jodie to move more freely in both her body and mind. She enjoys sharing her yoga journey, the insights and outcomes from her yoga practise with others.
Nicole Hills has been teaching for over 20 years and is a fully certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She trained with senior teacher Simon Marocco and taught for 10 years at the St Kilda Iyengar Yoga School. She’s taught at many studios since but most recently at Yogaha for the past six years. She does regular professional development with James Bahuth. Nicole has done workshops in Australia with both Geeta and Abhi Iyengar. Her focus while teaching is about finding balance. She’s learnt that commitment to yoga requires regular practice, but also an understanding that we all have responsibilities and commitments off the mat. She helps students develop a much deeper connection within themselves, so what is learnt on the mat can be applied in everyday life. Nicole teaches regular women’s intensives as a gateway for women to work with the many and varied changes that occur in life.
Rashmi has been practicing yoga for over 19 years. She started her yoga journey in 2004 with Hatha yoga to find relief from severe sinusitis and never looked back. Daily practice of Pranayama and asanas not only helped her manage sinus issue but her overall health and wellbeing.
In 2016 she started Iyengar Yoga Remedial program under guidance of one of the Senior Iyengar yoga teachers in Australia – Alan Goode to recover from shoulder bursitis. She realized soon that Iyengar yoga was the path for her. Rashmi has completed Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with Senior teacher James Bahuth at Yogaha in Melbourne.
She has found the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of regular practice which supports her through all challenges the life presents. Yoga is integral part of her daily life – on the mat and of the mat. She wants to help students understand and connect to their own bodies and develop inner body awareness through regular practice of yoga.
Bonnie has been practicing yoga for 20+ years and continues to study Iyengar Yoga with senior teacher James Bahuth. She was first drawn to the yoga mat through other styles of yoga which she then went on to study and teach, but subsequently developed a passion for Iyengar Yoga.
Bonnie believes that Iyengar yoga really is for everyone at every age and stage in their life. She also appreciates the standout differences of Iyengar yoga which maintains this style of yoga to a very high standard.
She hopes in the future that more people will start on the path of Iyengar yoga first and foremost, and is interested in teaching and guiding students to the practice, so they too can experience the benefits.