Liz Costigan is a Certified Intermediate Level 1 Teacher and has a background as a Registered Nurse. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching for fifteen and has trained in the Iyengar System for 12 years. Liz is the Founder of The Byron Yoga Lounge.
“Yoga is one of my best friends. I find it liberating for my body, mind and soul. I find the Iyengar Journey an incredible inspiration and guide for every day life”. Liz teaches both dynamic and restorative classes. Emphasis is placed on safety and alignment and adapting the practice to suit individual body types through the Iyengar system. She currently studies with Senior Iyengar teacher Caroline Coggins Liz shares her passion of both yoga and travelling to present Yoga Retreats and Holidays in both Australia and South East Asia.
Julie Hodges was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 1993, while living in Glasgow. She was immediately drawn to the practice; a practice that continues to inspire and guide her every day. She has been a student of senior Iyengar Teacher Pixie Lilas since 1997, and continues ongoing training with her in Sydney. She has studied with the Iyengar family at the Institute in Pune, India. Teaching yoga since 1996, Julie is a certified Intermediate Junior Level 3 Iyengar teacher. In 2007 she graduated with a PhD titled ‘The Practice of Iyengar Yoga by Mid-aged Women: An Ancient Tradition in a Modern Life’. Julie is passionate about the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. She also teaches Iyengar yoga classes at Southern Cross University in Lismore.
Karena Williams began exploring yoga in 2001, and pretty soon after was drawn to the clarity and integrity of Iyengar yoga-physically, but also holistically. Karena began to teach to share the inspiring nature of yoga to know ourselves better, with the incredible potential we hold and how yoga supports us as we create positive changes in our lives. Karena attends ongoing teacher training with Glenn Ceresoli, she currently holds an Intro Level 2 Certification from the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. She also is a mother, a qualified counsellor, massage therapist & member of ATMS.
John Doucas has been teaching Yoga for over 10 years now and was first inspired by the practice back in 1996 in Melbourne. Since then John has gone on to study and teach and holds a Junior Intermediate Level 2 Certification. He still continues to be inspired and passionate about the practice, learning under the guidance of Senior teacher Peter Thomson in Sydney. John’s teaching background has been in Sydney for many years based at Black Lotus Yoga Studio as well as developing Corporate Yoga, having taught at Sydney Opera House and Sydney Theatre Company. John also continues to study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India.
Meagan Hayward has been a yoga student for over 20 years and is a Certified Intro Level 2. Meagan assists Liz with yoga retreats in both Cambodia and Java. “ I discovered that these retreats allow you to go within and deepen your practice while connecting with like minded people and experiencing new cultures.” One of Meagan’s passions include surfing and she finds both yoga and surfing are not only physical practices but also spiritual ones – allowing you to be in the present moment.
Dave Bambach recently completed 200 hours of intensive teacher training in Berlin which comprised alignment-based asana true to Inyengar’s Light on Yoga, anatomy, yoga philosophy and pranayama. Dave has also completed 40hrs intensive with Glenn Ceresoli.
Dave has been practicing yoga for 5-6 years and was drawn to the Iyengar style due to its structured approach and it’s accessibility, by use of props, which enabled him to find his way in asana. This style in particular encourages a mindfulness in your practice which also extends to life in general.
Dave’s intention for his teaching is the practice he teaches is challenging, yet enjoyable to all levels, that his students will learn classic yoga asana alignment, and that they experience clear & direct instructions.
Dave’s inspiration to teach was based on the fact that due to his experience of it ‘yoga is too good not to share’!
Kate Gray is a certified Intro Level 2 teacher. She began practicing yoga nearly 20 years ago in England before relocating to Byron Bay.
Kate began teacher training in 2009 with Glenn Ceresoli and over the years has been fortunate to deepen her practice under the guidance of senior Iyengar teachers in England and Australia.
Kate is fascinated with the integrity and intelligence of Iyengar Yoga which continues to inform her practice, she embraces the challenge of a pathway of learning that never ends.
Kate's classes reflect her enthusiasm and passion for Iyengar yoga with a supportive and encouraging approach. She continues her training to further develop as an Iyengar teacher while exploring yoga within her daily practice both on and off the mat, often sharing her yoga space with her two young children.
Simon has been practising and teaching yoga for over 30 years. He is the founder / director of St. Kilda Iyengar Yoga School, Melbourne since 1989 and has been teacher-training many yoga teachers in Australia since 1992. He went on to create the Yoga Gurukul retreat centre in 2005 in the idyllic and beautiful rainforest region of northern NSW. He has been travelling yearly to Pune, India to study many times with our late Guruji BKS Iyengar and also has attend many workshops and classes with Geetaji Iyengar and Prashantaji Iyengar. He teaches all over Australia and internationally, he is a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher level 3.
> In 2016 Simon was awarded a Master Yoga Teacher Platinum certificate by the Yoga Alliance Australia, one of only 6 people in the world have this distinction, celebrating genuine Yoga Masters of our time. In addition to a deep understanding and practice of yoga asana (postures), pranayama, meditation and mantra, Simon has combined his love for chanting with his love for a stratocaster.
Lenny Christou is a Certified Iyengar Teacher and mother of two.... Her classes are insightful and delightful - Join Lenny on a Friday 10am at the Byron Yoga Lounge
Amanda has been a student of Iyengar yoga for many years in both Brazil and Australia - *non Certified Iyengar teacher