OUR INSTRUCTORS

Our team of yogi’s come from near and far and have a wealth of knowledge from a range of different lineages of yoga. They are seriously passionate about what they do and can’t wait to share the practice with you.

NICK ELISSEOS

Nick is an experienced International Yoga Teacher and advanced meditation practitioner who has completed 60 days of silence in the forest of Yangon, Myanmar.

In Nick’s class, you will explore his playful approach towards self-realization. Nick delivers insightful messages whilst getting students to excel beyond personal limitations of mind-body movement. If you walk in feeling you can’t, an hour later you will know you can!

The path of Yoga presented itself in Nick’s early twenties when he was fortunate enough to be invited to study with Master Yoga teacher Bradelee Ferriot in San Diego, California. This experience, and time spent working at the Deepak Chopra Centre, impacted Nick profoundly and eventually led him to embark on a transformative global journey.

Since then Nick has traveled to 25 countries where he has been blessed with the opportunity to live amongst and be accepted by many cultures and communities. This nomadic lifestyle has afforded him a unique, balanced and multicultural view that fills his classes with inspiration and creativity, by way of true experience.

CHLOE MEZ

IN 2014 Chloe went on an expedition through South and Central America which lead her to yoga. She left her career, community and relationship behind in Melbourne on a quest to find her true calling. After 6 months of back packing she applied for a 200HR YTTC Intensive with School Yoga Institute in Mexico. This opened a portal to self discovery. Feeling inspired she returned to Melbourne to share these findings; teaching and educating others how to find inner guidance and peace too.

Chloe’s classes incorporate all her knowledge and experience through training’s and traveling. Her training’s include Vinyasa, Hatha, Acro Yoga, breathing techniques, mediation and just recently Yin Therapy with Paul Grilley’s instructors, Markus and Karin.

Expect a balance of strong and gentle, challenging yet soft Vinyasa flows with a focus on breath and how your practice is relevant to every day life situations. Chloe’s mission is to gift her students with resources to heal themselves beyond the mat.

BOBBY HANCOCK

Originally hailing from Perth, Bobby spent the first 10 years of his working life in building and construction. In order to deal with the physical exhaustion and emotional anxiety that came from feeling stuck in an unfulfilling career, he turned to yoga as a way to restore balance to his body and mind.

After developing a strong, disciplined, and consistent practice he quit his job, moved to Melbourne, and completed his 200-hour teacher training with Power Living Australia under the guidance of Chris Wilson and Cassie Lee. He has completed an additional 75Hr advanced teaching and leadership skills mentorship with Duncan Peak and Adam Whiting, and 30Hr yin yoga training with Hugh Lee.

Bobby brings a warm, grounding energy to his classes and is passionate about encouraging students to dive into the self-transformation that yoga provides. He accompanies his flows with upbeat and energetic playlists, and is humbled to share his love of yoga with you all.

LUCY BOUCHIER

Lucy is a yoga and mindfulness teacher and also a life coach who empowers people to tap into their own innate capacity for strength, resilience and peacefulness. Ultimately, Lucy guides her students to develop a more loving and harmonious relationship with themselves and with their life. She sees the practice of yoga as a powerful vehicle for living a fully awakened and on purpose life.  Lucy’s yoga classes are mindful, inspiring, energising and deeply nourishing. Lucy has an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching. She is a certified Life Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Timeline Therapy Practitioner and Mindfulness Meditation Coach.

KAT HARVEY- BARAKAT

Kat started dancing from the age of 3 and competed nationally and internationally for many years. At 17, a heartbreaking injury forced her dance career to end. A few years later, after working as a Personal Trainer and also in the Events/Marketing industry, Kat found yoga. She began to realise that the reason behind 14 years of dance training and those hours working in a gym learning how the body works, was to prepare her body for yoga asana. It was her mind that took a little longer to immerse itself. 

Kat’s teaching style is fun, strong and dynamic with focus on the breath, self love and compassion. Kat aims to stimulate the energetic body as much as the physical body to bring her students to one-ness.

LAUREN BURNS

Lauren began her deep dive into becoming a yoga teacher in 2008 after 10+ years in the corporate landscape of Advertising. Lauren has studied with some of the world’s most luminary teachers, and completed her formal teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga with Micheal Gannon in Goa India in 2008, followed by intensive study at the KPJAYI Sri K Pattahbhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India. She subsequently undertook a yearlong intensive apprenticeship in her hometown of Melbourne at the Fitzroy Ashtanga Yoga School.

Committed to exploring the various forms of yoga she includes in her teaching Yin, Vinyasa, and Prenatal. Now a well loved teacher of yoga within her community Lauren and her classes are known for their delivery from a heartfelt, compassionate and creatively expressive space, infused with a blend of yogic wisdom and mystic teachings. The artistry of her classes are combined with the ability to challenge students into uncharted spaces and beliefs of possibility within their bodies and lives. As a mother of 2 children her special interest area is in the practice of yoga and how we can use it’s magic to create harmonious homes, lives and relationships.

Her teaching is also informed by her work as a Medical Intuitive Practitioner & teacher, Reiki therapist, and qualified PKP Kinesiologist. She weaves her therapeutic training into multi layered heart felt classes. Her unwavering visionary approach to holistic and awakened living is infectious and inspiring.

DINA SMIRNOVA

Dina originally comes from Baku, Azerbaijan and moved to the United States shortly after she was born. She began choreographing at eleven years old, teaching at fourteen, and has been performing and creating ever since.  In addition to her lifelong commitment to movement in the form of dance, Dina is a seasoned teacher and has taught yoga in New York City at Katonah Yoga, Kula Yoga, and Pure Yoga. She has directed teams of teachers and creatively executed visions for many top studios in New York City before recently relocating to Melbourne. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga certificate at Sculpt Fusion Yoga Studio in San Diego, California and 600-hour Pilates certificate at The Lab in Brooklyn, New York. She is also Reiki Level II qualified.

CHRISTY CHAMPOISE

A local to the west coast of Canada, known for it’s alternative lifestyles and outdoor enthusiasts, Christy has always been very interested in health and wellness. It was this interest, which introduced her to herbal medicine and acupuncture. In 2004, while working for Bikram Yoga, she had the opportunity to practise yoga daily and participate in ongoing challenges. It was here that she realized the benefits resulting from a regular practise. It wasn’t until a year later, when she began to take yoga seriously, maintaining a dedicated Ashtanga practise, that her passion to teach surfaced. Christy completed her RYT 250 at Moksana Yoga Centre in 2010 and has continued teaching since. Studying the health sciences have allowed her to appreciate yoga as both a physical therapy for a variety of ailments as well as a tool for personal growth. Christy teaches Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Nidra and Yin classes. Her classes aim to offer ways of achieving deep release to improve mobility and performance, thus leading to better physical and mental health.

HUGH LEE

Hugh Lee began teaching in 2008, assisting and co-teaching Andrew Mournehis on Yoga retreats in India, Bali and Australia. Hugh graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching which is a 2 year fully accredited course founded by Leigh Blashki, Melbourne.

In 2013, Hugh trained in Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley (100 hours Level one) and in 2015 trained with Sarah Powers “Insight Yoga” Yin Teacher Training 60 hours. Hugh is a member of The Insight Yoga Institute founded by Sarah and Ty Powers. He currently receives on-going mentoring from Sarah and Ty Powers.

Hugh’s Yin Yoga classes are healing and nourishing, he takes a Chinese Medicine approach blended with Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation in his teachings. He often uses this as a tool for healing for depression, adrenal fatigue, and digestive issues.

JESS DOHNT

Jess comes from a business marketing background and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Combining her passion for a fit and healthy lifestyle with a contagious enthusiasm for helping people re-discover a zest for living, she made the decision to leave the corporate world in 2012 to become a yoga teacher. Forever the student, Jess has trained with many international and local teachers, exploring new and ancient techniques to increase the mind / body connection.

Jess’ classes are an eclectic mix of hatha and vinyasa yoga with a strong focus on mindfulness. To bring together movement and breath she also employs techniques from a variety of disciplines including yin yoga, tai chi, reiki and mindfulness to help achieve a deeper state of relaxation and balance in the body. Having completed her initial 200 hour training certificate with Grass Roots Yoga she has since then trained with international teachers Sadie Nardini, Cat Kabira, Dana Trixie Flynn and Eoin Finn.

ILEANNA SIMS

Ileanna’s classes focus on mindful awareness, moving with fluidity, and with connection to the breath. Her classes are dynamic and fluid, designed to strengthen and open the physical body, to create awareness and space for self-enquiry, and to focus on finding stillness from within.

Ileanna’s classes are inspired by vinyasa, Hatha & yin/restorative  styles. She completed her first teacher training in Thailand in 2012, and has since gone on to complete additional  training in both Australia & Bali.

Mindful. Recovery. Release