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Yogawave Teachers

Grant Morrill- Grant had been practicing yoga on a part-time basis for years - until in 2008 a lump in his leg, which was diagnosed as a tumor, made him realise that a lifestyle change was needed.He then signed up for a Yoga Teacher Training program with local trainers Being Yoga.
He now teaches Yoga in the flowing Vinyassa style. This incorporates connecting mind and body through Asana and breathing techniques. Taught using calming music, Vinyassa flows like a wave beginning with gentle warm up poses, rising through to strengthening Asana and then warming back down using backward and forward bends. The practice is finished with Savasana; this pose allows for reflection and relaxation.Yoga practiced this way creates a new relationship with your body; a journey towards deeper understanding, honouring and appreciation. Grant has a broad knowledge base and draws inspiration from his past studies and current practice, updating and integrating continually. This allows for growth in his practice and an ability to cater to particular clients needs. He has completed the Level 1  and Level 2 Teacher Training Certificate which incorporates Yoga Asana, Pranayama ( breathing techniques) and Meditation as well as the Shiva Rea Prana Flow Teacher Training course.He has recently completed a workshop with John Friend the founder of Anusara yoga and is about to start their immersion series. He currently has classes at The Yogawave Studio in Noosaville, Sunshine Beach and several local fitness venues. He is also involved in bringing the practice of Yoga to adolescents in schools combining this with his youth training abilities.

Grant is able to customise his yoga routine to suit all ages and abilities and stresses that to be present and aware in your yoga practice is the fundamental aim. All that is needed to enjoy this ancient practice is a willingness to bring into balance body, mind and spirit.

Annelies Douglas: Annelies started Yoga practice and teacher training before coming to Australia from Holland in 1983.

Yoga was always part of her life throughout raising a family and work in Australia but the dream of teaching was long forgotten until Annelies was diagnosed with, what the specialists at the time diagnosed as a debilitating, incurable disease at the age of 34. Yoga then became a huge part of restoring her health; spreading her love and gratitude for Yoga unto others then followed naturally.

In early days Annelies got hooked on Iyengar-style Yoga but discovered a much softer and kinder practice known as Vinyasa Flow Yoga later in life and has been teaching a combination of different Yoga styles, gentle and suited to all levels of ability for students of all ages.

Christine Smith: Christine has been deepening & developing her own yoga practise over the past 15 years, teaching over the past 9 years.  She initially completed the full 606hrs with The Yoga Den – Annerley Yoga School (an Iyengar influenced teacher training) course with Kate Pell in 2007.  In 2011 she completed a further 550hr teacher training in the Vinyasa style of yoga with Being Yoga.  Blending these two styles of yoga together is highlighted in Christine’s emphasis on alignment and safety, with flow & grace.

Christine enjoys the fluid transition of postures whilst highlighting strength and alignment with a sense of ‘effortless effort’ and ease which are mirrored in the constantly changing patterns of life.  The Vinyasa flow style of yoga has enhanced for Christine the art of allowing change, both on & off the mat, knowing that change is reflected all around us. 

Christine has also studied other various modules of yoga with Internationally renowned teachers such as Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater, & Masahiro Oki.  Christine’s studies have included Chakra Vinyasa Yoga; Art of Vinyasa Yoga Lvl 2; Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Methodology; Therapeutic Applications of Yoga; Radiant Child Yoga Program; Yoga for Pregnancy; Arthritis course for Yoga; and Oki Do Yoga (Japanese inspired yoga) 

Christine believes that yoga is a practice that is accessible to ALL people regardless of where they are in their bodies and their lives.  This is reflected in the classes she has taught and continues to teach.  Christine teaches numerous general weekly classes which attract all ages, levels of mobility, and yogic ability. 

Christine honours the journey of every individual student, ensuring they respect their own bodies, yet encourages & challenges students to see their full potential.  She is constantly amazed at the transformative power that yoga holds for all people and the connection of all things within the body & without. 

Christine brings to her classes a sense of lightness and joy, whilst encouraging students to deepen their practice by ‘playing with their edges.’  She sees how yoga can bring people back to their own truths as they then question and choose what direction they want to take through life.   

Melonie Thompson: Yoga was introduced to Mell at the age of 18, a vulnerable time in her life where insecurities ruled her world. Without fully understanding that this was in fact the beginning of a beautiful love affair and journey into enquiring about the ‘Self’. Mell lived a very nomadic lifestyle before settling down in the Noosa shire, travelling, living remote and studying, however in all the worlds madness and beauty it was the practice of yoga that remained a constant and brought her back to herself, allowing her to remain compassionate, humble and creating more space for reflection and understanding.

Mell’s lifestyle and travels were a catalyst for knowledge and deepening her practice in many ways and after some time in India in 2010 she decided she wanted to share her love of yoga with others. She moved to Byron Bay to study an Intensive certificate IV in teacher training (500 RYT) at The Byron Yoga Centre in 2011. Over the Years Mell has taught in many studios, on retreats, rehabilitation centres and private/group classes.

Each year she enjoys deepening her practice and knowledge attending workshops and trainings with the privilege of studying under many renowned teachers such as Clive Sheridan and John Ogilvie. As student of Clive Sheridan since 2017 Mell’s practice has changed, with a greater emphasis on pranayama, philosophy and meditation.

Mell has a deep respect for mother nature and the age-old healing art of natural medicine, she completed her degree in naturopathy in 2015 and continues to practice today. She believes both these forms of healing deeply complement each other and what she can share through her practice.

Mell teaches a variety of styles with a great focus on traditional Hatha and rhythmic vinyasa led by the breath, gentle weaving in philosophy, meditation and pranayama, making it a great practice to suite all ages and abilities. Mell’s love for yoga continues to renew itself year after year, experience after experience and the effects of yoga in her life are the guiding energy behind sharing it with others helping them find their centre.

 Inga Giessmann - Inga's Yoga journey began in 2003, when she was first introduced to meditation by a neighbour, who held monthly group meditations at her home.Whilst the majority of people initially connect with Yoga through the physical exercises, Inga's journey with Yoga with a little different and for many years her practice purely consisted of meditation and pranayama, before she actually startedexploring the physical aspects of Yoga about 10 years ago. To begin with it was a very sporadic and 'mechanical' physical practice, but it soon became an integral part of her life. 

3 years ago Inga felt it was time to deepen her personal practice, learn more about proper alignment and connect with the roots of Yoga, so she decided to travel to India, where she completed a 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Aarsha Yoga Vidya Petham in Kerala. After that she felt compelled to share the gift of Yoga with as many people as possible and has been teaching regular classes ever since, both at Yoga schools and retreat centres. 
Whilst Inga draws inspiration from different Yoga styles like Vinyasa, Yin and Kundalini, her classes are mainly based on traditional HATHA Yoga, aimed to create a state of inner harmony by balancing your Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) energies.

This practice includes both flowing movement (Sun Salutations) and static postures as well as elements like Meditation, Pranayama (specific breathing techniques) and Bandhas (energy locks). ​While the dynamic flow sequences are intended to improve circulation, increase flexibility, tone muscles and joints, the static postures have a more subtle, yet powerful effect on the nervous system and the mind.

Inga encourages you to be mindful throughout the practice, reminding you to stay conscious with your breath and your movements. This will allow you to experience the more subtle sensations in your body and to connect with yourself on a much deeper level. It is her aim that you leave her classes feeling physically rejuvenated, mentally calm, emotionally empowered and spiritually at peace.

Tara Ahern: Tara has a life story that resonates with many yoga practitioners. She has played the role of spouse, mother, masters’ student and high-achieving businesswoman. However, none of this was satisfying until she learned to come home to herself. Tara will invite you to do the same.

Tara is a student of Swami Jnaneshvara who is a direct descendant of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She has studied with Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clarke, Marina Boni, Jo Phee, Joe Barnett, Stephanie Calhoun.

Tara is particularly interested in calming the stress responses induced in modern life. Her approach is to empower the individual is to adopt an attitude of curiosity about our own body as a vehicle to physical, energetic and spiritual vitality.

Yin Yoga targets the Yin tissues and in so doing specifically addresses the three axis of Well Being on a Physical, Psychological and Emotional level as well as increases the range of movement. In her teachings Tara continuously beckons us back home. She empowers her students to trust their own innate mastery. Tara teaches directly from her own experience and continuously refers practitioners back to the authority of their true self.