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Yoga Tree Teachers

ritu babbar


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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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.



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.”



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 teaching. 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”.



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 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.



Paul Archer is an award-winning author, yoga teacher and lecturer. A teacher’s teacher, he has run Yin & Restorative training programs for his and many other studios around Melbourne for the last 5 years and is a senior lecturer for the Yoga Academy’s 200/350 hr Vinyasa course. His self-published book “The Esoteric Science of Restorative Yoga” has won two international book awards. 2023 Nautilus Book Awards Gold medal winner (Body, Mind, Spirit) 2022 Living Now Book Awards Silver medal winner (Fitness, Exercise, Yoga). Paul is an accredited Yoga Alliance further education provider, and his courses are Yoga Alliance approved.



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.



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.

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Venturing into yoga as a recreational athlete in 2004, my commitment deepened, leading to a transformative journey. I completed my 200-hr teacher training at the Joschi Institute in New York in 2010, taking a hiatus from my career as a recording artist. Since relocating to Australia in 2011, I've taught at various Melbourne studios. With over 1,000 hours of diverse training, including Jivamutki, mat Pilates, Yin Yoga, Barre Attack, and more, my classes, rooted in Ashtanga, focus on breath-guided movement, dynamic sequencing, and alignment. I aim to enhance whole-body functionality and kinaesthetic awareness, empowering students in their practice and unlocking their full potential.



Izzy has completed 200H Vinyasa Training and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training. She maintains a daily practice and is passionate about teaching yoga as an empowering tool for health and wellness.

Izzy guides a heartfelt practice of embodied movement – permeated with creative elements of art and dance, while deeply rooted in ancient tradition.

Izzy’s intention is to hold space for students to drop into the body and experience the joy of yoga. Every class is an invitation to find flow and a time to compassionately connect.



Blanca, originally from northern Mexico, has been living in Australia for 18 years on the ancestral lands of the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation. From an early age, she was surrounded by holistic health practices, yoga tradition, meditation, and the world of art and dance.
Blanca completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and earned her Yoga Therapy certification in 2020.
With over 22 years of experience in mental health and a background in psychology, Blanca loves teaching students how to utilise yoga for overall well-being, with a particular focus on somatic trauma-informed practices.
Her goal is to establish a safe, enjoyable, and accepting environment where students are inspired to explore their creativity, cultivate curiosity, have fun, forge connections, and foster a harmonious relationship between their body, mind, and spirit.