Teachers

 

CARBONIO TOSCANO

Carby is a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher who recently completed his 200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore, India.  

He was intoduced to yoga five years ago after a major surfing injury.  He started going deeper into yoga and learnt about the ancient discipline, breathing control, meditation, asanas (body postures), and healthy eating.

Carby likes to help people challenge themselves and believe in their own great potential by starting with basic postures and teaching all variations to more advanced poses.

Carby's classes introduce the Ashtanga method starting with the Primary Series and combining poses from other series.  He also likes to incorporate elements of Hatha and Iyengar yoga with a beautiful Vinyasa flow.

He is an extremely passionate student of yoga and loves to share with others what he is learning every day!

 

 

WEIWEI SUN

Weiwei is a devoted follower to the practice of yoga and is a very spiritual teacher and guide.

His yoga practice is greatly influenced by the Iyengar style, and he believes the Iyengar book, ‘Light on Yoga,’ is the most influential text for yoga teachers and students.  When teaching he focuses on precision, skill and alignment of yoga poses.

Wei Wei assists students to achieve poses by using props and detailed steps to attain more difficult poses. He will occasionally use walls, blocks or belts and generally demonstrates poses in three levels.  This allows beginners and experienced students alike to benefit from the beautiful practice that is yoga.

 

 

 

 

JESS KIDMAN

 

Jess is deeply passionate about yoga, on and off the mat, and has been practising and teaching for a number of years. She has a background in Science Communication and a love of languages, which has taken her far and wide on adventures around the globe. Jess was first drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, but in no time at all she found that what inspired her most was the philosophy and the overall sense of balance yoga brought to her life.

Jess practised yoga throughout her two pregnancies, which helped her to stay strong and centred, and become a beautiful Mum to her two young boys. She completed her Level 1 Teacher Training with My Health Yoga, and is currently enrolled in Level 2. Her classes are fun, dynamic and uplifting. They focus on movement with the breath, as well as building awareness and a deep sense of calm. She believes that yoga is a way of life and she is eager to share the joy of learning with you.    

 

 

KELLY CLAYDEN

Kelly has a deep love of yoga in all forms, from the ancient philosophical teachings to the modern form of movement, the stillness and peace of meditation to the simple act of loving kindness.

Being a lover of Mother Earth and all her creatures, Kelly has a passion of caring for animals whether it’s in her role as an emergency critical care vet nurse or volunteering abroad with rescue organisations. Here is where she finds the true essence of yoga and connection to source.

Another practice Kelly loves is serving others through healing bodywork, being both a Ka Huna and Zenthai Shiatsu therapist. She continues to learn and grow in both of these modalities, often incorporating it into her yoga classes.

Kelly loves a safe yet explorative approach when teaching her classes, with humour and light heartedness along the way.

 

 

 

MARIA PEREZ

Maria is a Venezuelan native who began her yoga journey around 10 years ago. She quickly fell in love with the practice, leading her to do her YTT in Rishikesh, India.

Maria believes the practice of yoga allows us to contribute to the greater good by teaching us how to be present, compassionate, and accepting of ourselves and others. She strongly encourages her students to keep their yoga practice real, with a big focus on the connection between movement and breath. To Maria, transitions can be just as important as the postures themselves, so be prepared to feel the beauty in the "in betweens”.Her hope is to encourage people to use their practice to get to know themselves on a deeper level, so that they can grow stronger, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat.

 

 

NALINI VASUDEVAN

Nalini first stumbled into a yoga studio in 2010 to escape the Melbourne winter. She was immediately home.

Drawn to the beautiful dualities she found throughout her practice; between strength and flexibility, between control and letting go, using movement to find stillness, and moulding the body to harness the mind, Nalini knew that yoga would be a life-long journey. She completed a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training course under the guidance of Don Peers at the end of 2015.

As a teacher Nalini is passionate about creating interesting and unpredictable flow sequences that move fluidly whilst maintaining a strong alignment focus. Learning as much from her students as she does from her teachers, Nalini is so grateful to be doing what she loves, and caters for all ages and levels of ability in her classes.

 

 

RENEE PRINCE

Renee is first and foremost a student and deeply values learning and sharing space with her fellow practitioners.

Her own regular asana practice began in Vancouver in 2010 when she took a friend’s advice to try hot yoga to rehabilitate an injury. In addition to more easeful movement and reduced pain, she unexpectedly noticed a new mental clarity, stabilised moods and a myriad other improvements. 

Three years of dedicated hot practice led to her exploring other styles for a further three years - including vinyasa and power - before a shift signified it was time to enrol in 200 hour teacher training in 2016. She was grateful to complete it at YYoga’s Teacher’s College in Vancouver before continuing on to a mentorship with one of their senior teachers. 

In late 2016, Renee moved home to the Gold Coast from Vancouver and began practicing at the Yoga Room. When teaching, she endeavours to foster mindfulness, with a focus on anatomical alignment and integrity in both stillness and movement. Renee strives to make her classes accessible for all whilst offering challenge for those who seek it.

 

 

 

MICHELLE METANOIA

Michelle was first introduced to the philosophies of yoga when she attended her first yoga class during her travels to India when she was 15 years old.

Her curiosity about and connection to yoga grew over the years, and when she was 20 years old she devoted herself whole-heartedly to the practice and its teachings.

Michelle is a student of yoga as much as she is a teacher, and she is passionate about helping students better themselves both on and off the mat. Her classes are influenced by hatha and vinyasa styles, and she seeks to find balance between movement and stillness, both in the physical and energetic sense.

Inspired by the teachers who have guided her, she aspires to pass on the gift of yoga to others, so that they can reconnect with the essence of who they are.

 

 

 

SUZI OVERELL

Three years ago, Suzi packed a single bag and left her busy city life to embark on a mission to discover personal truth and inner peace.

This led her to study with Yogis, Buddhists and wellness experts in India, Central and South America and the USA.

Suzi trained extensively in Yoga and mindful mediation. She learnt how to breathe.

Upon returning to Australia, Suzi’s mission is to be of service by sharing some of the insights she uncovered. Her own journey is only just beginning, yet she has a lot to share.

Suzi’s teachings are a manifestation of her personal journey and the insights gathered along the way. Her classes combine her deep love and respect for the practice, with her ever-grounding warmth and appreciation for play.

 

 

 

NATI TRUJILLO

Originally from Chile, Nati is a certified Yoga teacher and an architect.

She was introduced to Yoga by her first teacher in 2004 and follows methods of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. In 2009 she became a certified Yoga teacher in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.

In 2010 she founded Fit Yoga in Chile, a fitness based approach to a Vinyasa style Yoga. Nati specialised in Yoga for amateur or professional athelets, improving performance and preventing injuries.  

After completing an advanced teaching training course in Ashtanga Vinyasa in 2013, she arrived in Australia where she opened a new Fit Yoga Studio at Board Culture Surf Shop on the Gold Coast.

Her passion is to bring people together, provide tools for her students to deepen their practice, challenge themselves, and use Yoga as a tool for self knowledge on and off the mat.

 

 

JANE REES

Jane was introduced to ashtanga vinyasa yoga 5 years ago and was immediately curious to delve deeper into the ancient wisdom embodied and expressed in yoga.

Her many years in the health and sports industries combined with yoga and meditation has helped Jane to further develop and maintain a balanced approach to life.

In 2017 she completed her 200 hour hatha yoga teacher certification and is forever a student on a path of lifelong learning.

Jane's gentle, nurturing approach to teaching helps install peace while gently opening and strengthening the muscles and bringing the students awareness to the breath, body and mind.

 

 

 

TAKKESH MIZOGUCHI-THORNE

Takkesh’s journey began at the age of 5, as a young, keen surfer who practiced the art of Capoeira with his brothers.

He turned his focus to yoga at 13 years of age to help deepen his surfing while competing in the Pro Junior’s. Takkesh’s love for the ocean and surfing helped broaden his movement practice, helping him create what he calls 'Surf Flow’. Surf flow is an integration of yoga, therapy and surf, a unique style derived from aspects of Capoeira, Asana, Tai Chi, ZenThai Flow and Qi Gong.

He is a passionate instructor and shares his love for the ocean, yoga, and Therapy in all that he does.

SURF FLOW - Movement | Surf | Therapy

 

 

JENA BUCHAN

Jena first stumbled upon yoga in her attempt to go to a Pilates class. Ending up in the wrong studio room, she found herself challenged on a whole different level.

As a multi-sport athlete and gym junkie, the physical movements integrated with deeper awareness of breath and body seemed to offer the missing point of training! Upon moving to Australia a second (for good!) time in 2010, for surf with a bit of Uni on the side, Jena completed her teacher training with My Health yoga.

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, she found the integration of breath, body and spirit she discovered in yoga also assisted in her clients’ exercise sessions. In class, she looks to assist her students in better connecting with themselves, encouraging personalised movement guided by the breath and body.

Her personal journey is to not just do, but truly be, yoga, and support others in their own journey through her smile and energy.