Our Wonderful Teaching Staff

Yoga Tree Teachers

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Ritu

Director / Teacher

Hi, I’m Ritu. I grew up immersed in Vedic philosophy. My earliest memory of being taught yogic breath work was by my grandfather, on his rooftop in Calcutta, around the age of 3. My practice grew from these roots to include all aspects of yoga. Authenticity to practice, is the truth that I wish to communicate via teachings on the mat. I am delighted to be able to share a lifetime of knowledge with all who are open and willing to journey towards self realisation. Click image for more info.

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Collin

Teacher

Colin began practicing yoga in 2002 in NYC while pursuing a career in theatre. Colin has taught for many different studios in Southern California, including Triad Yoga, Yoga Room, and Equinox Fitness and Yogaworks. Colin has trained with with some of yoga’s most sought after teachers including, Sean Corne, Baron Baptiste, Pattabhi Jois, and Shiva Rea.

Nickie

Teacher

Nickie’s yoga journey began in 2005 at her first yoga retreat in Bali. It was life changing. During that retreat she let go of old stories and stepped in to the life of a yogi and never looked back.
She completed her Teacher Training in 2010 with the Australia Yoga Academy (AYA) and has since completed multiple trainings with Power Living and Laughing Lotus in the United States (to name but a few!).
In 2013, Nickie created Disco Yoga; a fusion of powerful and soulful Vinyasa flow with a Live DJ. This incorporated Nickie’s previous life as a dancer with her love of yoga and music as a way for her students to connect more deeply to their own joy. A joy that they can take off their yoga mat in to their daily lives

Avril

Teacher

Avril is a fun loving, inspiringly creative and energetic teacher, well-versed in multiple yogic styles and techniques. Internationally trained with a funky east meets west fusion and unique approach.
Avril has been practising for 25 years so brings plenty of personal experience and dedicated self- practice. As a biomedical science graduate with 19 years’ experience in healthcare she adapts and personalises her teaching with a caring and supportive approach. Tailoring to suit individual needs and abilities so that everyone can feel the beautiful experience yoga brings.

Brendan

Teacher

Brendan is a 300hr Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher whose classes are fun, dynamic, uplifting and liberating for the body and soul. In keeping with the Jivamukti Yoga Method sound, devotion, connectedness and spiritual activism can all be experienced in Brendan’s classes. His journey to deepen his understanding of yoga began when he completed a 200hr SomaChi Vinyasa teacher training in Melbourne. Jivamukti Yoga soon took hold as a motivating force in his life and in 2016 he travelled to India to complete the internationally acclaimed Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training, where he was trained by the co-founders and Gurus of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Mike

Teacher

Mike has trained with many Australian and International teachers such as Matthew Sweeney, Gregor Maehle, Monica Gauci, and Maty Ezraty. His other passion is in music. As a guitarist, writer and performer, he has a particular interest in improvisation. Mike’s classes have an emphasis on the connection of breath in flow, to create stillness in mind, and awareness in movement.

Dawn

Teacher

Dawn has a 500 hour YTT certifications as well as Level 1 & 2 in Yin Yoga teaching, Dawn continues to attend trainings regularly. Dawn’s classes are about breath, movement, safe anatomical alignment, awareness and joy. Her aim is to help people find their own journey with Yoga and become connected with themselves in order to feel alive mentally & physically.

Mili

Teacher

Mili discovered yoga in 2002, keeping a regular practice to maintain a balanced lifestyle. She has studied in Los Angeles, New York and recently completed her Yin teacher training in Sydney. Mili teaches a variety of yoga styles, bringing an element of fun to every class. “Use your smile to change the world – But don’t let the world change your smile.”

Lisa

Teacher

I reckon I would be nuts if it wasn’t for yoga! I began practicing in 2000 as a way to counteract running and gym sessions. The rest, as they say, is history. I attended Bikram training in LA in 2002 and have been teaching ever since. I love the Bikram sequence and how amazing you feel at the end of class (and beyond) – it really does sort your head out. I enjoy other yoga styles as well (yin and power flow are fantastic) but I always come back to Bikram – it’s like a big comfortable armchair for me. I like to teach a challenging class intertwined with compassion and a bit of humour – it is only a yoga class after all.

Keran

Teacher

Keran has been involved in the health and Fitness industry for 32 years, working as an aerobics /gym instructor, personal trainer and masseuse encouraging others toward a healthy and fit lifestyle. Keran discovered yoga about 17 years ago practising off and on then realised the benefits physically and emotionally it then became part of her own lifestyle thus reducing a lifetime of back pain. Wanting to continue her love for teaching, she completed Baron Baptiste’s Level 1 Power Vinyasa Teacher Training in Sydney early 2010. Feeling more grounded and stronger, Keran encourages students to be open to healing as “your body is built to heal itself” and to create a flow of energy within through movement.

Donna

Teacher

Donna’s classes invite students to feel uplifted and connected through movement and transitions. Using vinyasa and somatics to creativity weave music and body connection, students can playfully increase their attention to inner sensations and subtleties of one’s self while connecting movement and breath. Donna sees this as an invitation for practitioners to come back to themselves – to be present and to work with embodiment; to feel and be moved by movement. Believing our whole life is one continuous transition – moving from one event to another.

Phil

Teacher

Phil Kayumba found yoga at the tender age of 17 in India whilst living there as the child of an embassy employee. Attracted by the meditative and character building aspects of yoga at first, he soon realised that the physical part (Asana) helped channel his physical desire for activity. Moving to Australia for his tertiary education and later settling as a refugee due to political changes in his mother country of Rwanda, he continued to practice and soon felt a true calling for a career and a true journey into and with experienced teaching and teachers. Following his passion for fitness and being of service to his community, he teaches in both studios and community based environments. His passion for shared community building and serving the community with a trauma informed approach provides a space for individual expression through collective movement and breath.His motto being “Everyone, come as you are”.

Carla G

Teacher

Movement enthusiast. Professional dancer turned into a yoga and pilates teacher. I love exploring and transmitting the importance of movement and rhythm. I teach accessible and inclusive vinyasa classes for both beginner and advanced students.
Quote: “Replace ambition with curiosity” - Nancy Stark Smith

Hesen

Teacher

Hes believes that yoga is the journey back to our hearts, to unconditional love: our essence. Her intuitive approach to yoga, allows her to create unique practices, using her body and words as channels of light and kindness.
This heart-based practice creates space to connect with our inner world through breath, giving the mind time to be silent and feel the energy within.
Hes advocates slow living, trying to bring awareness into her everyday decisions. When she is not on the mat you can find her working on her other passion: sustainable fashion.
She is always open for a good chat so don’t hesitate to reach out to her.