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Ying Bean

Founder and Yoga Teacher

Ying Bean was born and raised in Thailand. In 2004, she moved to Australia to study and experience life in a foreign country. Ying’s journey to yoga began over 10 years ago after having two children and running a childcare centre. She completed 200 hours Vinyasa teacher training with Janine Leagh in 2014. Ying experienced profound benefits from practicing yoga and started sharing the gift of yoga with the children at her childcare centre after completing Zenergy Kids teacher training courses with Loraine Rushton. With her dedication to growth, she continued her training with Tara Judelle in 2015, Duncan Peak in 2016, Sarah Owen in 2017, and Simon Park in 2019. Ying has over 500 hours of training in a wide range of teaching styles. Ying teaches with her own unique blend of authenticity, wisdom and joy. Her Vinyasa classes are challenging, fun and uplifting, and her Yin classes are better described as a journey of reconnecting to self through yoga and buddhist philosophy.

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Shawn Mclaren

Co-Founder and Yoga Teacher

Shawn is a passionate teacher with a love of yoga, meditation and adventure.
He has a degree in Engineering & Commerce, and spent several years working in the corporate sector. However, once he discovered yoga and meditation, he found something far more powerful and made the decision to abandon the corporate
world. Whilst travelling India in 2013, Shawn trained in Mysore learning the Ashtanga method as well as in Trivandrum learning Sivananda (Hatha) yoga.
Shawn returned to Australia and completed further training with Power Living in 2014. He began teaching yoga in 2014, and since then has trained with Darren Rhodes and Dylan Werner et al, and continues to deepen his understanding of yoga, movement and meditation every year. Shawn uses his engineering background in asana classes to break down challenging poses and create building blocks for people to improve. His classes are powerful, but underlying that is the intention to teach people how to move with intelligence and purpose. You will leave one of Shawn’s classes feeling energised and peaceful.

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Lucy Lichtenstein

Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer

One day I walked into a local yoga studio after a friend gifted me a one month pass, and little did I know that my life would change forever. I never left! I started to notice how yoga made me feel, how it impacted my everyday life and how much I loved the community. Before I knew it, I had a consistent practice, did my teacher training and became a yoga teacher! I completed the 200 hour training and 100 hours of Yin at HYA Yoga. I practice and teach Yin, Vinyasa and Meditation. My specialty and passion lies in Yin and Meditation. I love facilitating the shared experience of reconnecting for my students, allowing us all to expand self-awareness, relate more mindfully and peacefully with ourselves and others, and to meet life with intention. My classes consist of philosophical life teachings, personal lessons and insights that allows students to take something away into their own lives and to remember that we are all in this together. I also share sound healing in my classes.

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Erin Barney

Yoga Teacher

As a professional performer and movement practitioner, Erin is no stranger to the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Staring as a means of conditioning her physicality, she quickly discovered the powerful affects yoga placed upon the mind. Inspired and trained by Jolie Manza, Erin guides a powerful, flow style class encompassing a fluidity influenced by her dance background and emphasizes correct body alignment and muscle engagement in the execution of movement. ``I am passionate about the human body, the mechanics of movement and using the connection of mindful movement and breath to find a sense of home within the self. My intent as a yoga teacher is to guide my student home.``

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Michelle Robertson

Yoga Teacher

Dedicated to support students on their yoga journey and add colour to their lives through creating self-connection and balance. I fell in love with yoga after initially being drawn to it as a physical workout and to find a little refuge for myself as a busy working mum. Discovering that yoga was truly so much more than flexibility or stretching. It allowed me to connect within and inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. Teaching yoga then became an extension of my own practice, and immersing in continued learning brings so much colour to my life. I love sharing this passion with others, especially busy parents alike to tap into this joy, balance and flow. I am dedicated to support students on their yoga journey and add colour to their lives through creating self-connection and balance. I am a qualified Hatha Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Teacher and have always valued health and fitness in my life. My approach is calm and grounded, with care and attention on alignment and creating connection. With a dash of my dry humour thrown in the mix.

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Bronte Banning

Yoga Teacher

My yoga journey came to light during my travels, no matter where I am in the world it always feels like coming home. Through my practice I have found a place of comfort, connection and stillness where I can express myself free of judgement. I teach Yoga because it is for absolutely everyone (whether you can touch your toes or not) and I want my students to feel they belong and the same sense of coming home. To remind my students of this safe space we always have to come to. Yoga has helped me find my inner strength and courage so I can share this practice through my teaching and way of being. I am very passionate about both my teaching and my practice.

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Nikki Burns

Yoga Teacher

My yoga journey began in 2009 at a studio in my hometown of Edmonton, Canada. I initially started practicing as a way of working out but after a few months of regular practice, I started to develop a true connection with yoga and the yoga community. At that time, yoga was one of the only consistencies for me at an unstable point in my life. In 2014 I completed my 200 hr YTT with Vidya Heisel in Spain and from there went on a solo trip around the world for 10 months. Along the way,I always found yoga as a way to find a home and a community of like minded people in any place. Through my teaching, I strive to inspire others to challenge themselves and explore the space outside of their comfort zone. I am humbled and grateful for the challenges, lessons, and community that yoga has brought and continues to bring to my life.