About Yoga Jivana

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Introducing Yoga Jivana’s Teachers

Each Certified Teacher and ‘Teacher in Training’ at Yoga Jivana is committed to upholding the excellence and purity of Iyengar Yoga, one of the world’s most widely practiced forms of yoga. All our teachers at Yoga Jivana are either fully qualified (certificated) in Iyengar Yoga or are ‘teachers in training’ with the Yoga Jivana STTY Course, directed by Peter and Sue Scott.All teachers at Yoga Jivana are members of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia (BKSIYAA).

An Iyengar Yoga teacher must complete rigorous training to become a fully qualified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. The Iyengar Yoga method is recognised and respected as one of the most deeply faceted forms as it holds a practical, philosophical and spiritual value for all. An Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate is valid worldwide.

Only Certified Iyengar Teachers are entitled to use the name of living yoga master BKS Iyengar and his teaching method. Each Certified Teacher is committed to upholding the excellence and purity of Iyengar Yoga, one of the words most widely practiced yogas.

The Iyengar Certification Mark is your guarantee of a teacher you can trust – knowledgeable, experienced and rigorously trained. Peter and Sue are two of a small body of Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers in Australia who offer training programs for students wishing to become Iyengar Yoga teachers.

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IYENGAR YOGA CERTIFICATION MARK

Only certified Iyengar teachers are entitled to use the name of yoga master BKS Iyengar & his teaching method.

 

Each certified teacher is committed to upholding the excellence and purity of Iyengar Yoga – one of the worlds most widely practiced yoga’s.

 

The Iyengar Certification Mark is your guarantee of a yoga teacher you can trust; knowledgeable, experienced and rigorously trained.

Anita Del Testa

Qualified at Junior Intermediate Level 1

Anita began practising yoga in 2002, initially to help her manage her back pain.  Her yoga practice began to heal years of back issues but also had a huge transformative effect on her life, which led her to train as an Iyengar Yoga teacher.  She began attending classes with Senior Teacher Peter Scott in 2006 and commenced teacher training with him in 2007.  She continues to study with Peter and Sue Scott and has recently qualified at level Junior Intermediate 1.  She is helped by Mr Iyengar’s words of encouragement in her daily practice; “Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you.”

BKS Iyengar tells us “Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together”.  In class, Anita sees how the power of yoga can transform her students’ lives, releasing them, like it did her from a lifetime of stored tension and pain.

Anita returns biennially to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune India to study with the Iyengar family.  Her most recent visit was in January 2016.

Anita is also a member of the BKS Iyengar Association of Australia – Events Committee.

Bianca Milione

Qualified at Junior Intermediate Level 1

Bianca began a daily yoga practice in 1998 and has been teaching yoga since 2004. Starting out with Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga styles, and discovered Iyengar Yoga a few years into her journey and found it took care of many physical issues and was incredibly helpful in taking her deeper into her practice. She completed her teacher training in Iyengar Yoga with Peter Scott at Yoga Jivana and now holds a Junior Intermediate 1 Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate. She continues to study with Peter and Sue Scott on a regular basis, as well as traveling to Pune to study with the Iyengar family.

Bianca’s classes are an expression of her passion for practice and she is inspired to guide others into discovering the sweetness of yoga for themselves.

“Spirituality is not some external goal that one must seek, but a part of the divine core of each of us, which we must reveal.” B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

As well as her love of yoga, Bianca’s favorite activities include growing vibrant vegetables; travel and hiking adventures; swimming in the sea and enjoying all kinds of temperate and tropical fruit.

Nick Merrett

Qualified at Junior Intermediate Level 1

Nick started practicing hatha yoga in the year 2000 as way to maintain general health and well being and has been attending yoga classes weekly ever since. A couple of years into Nicks yoga journey he started attending Iyengar Yoga classes and quickly fell in love with methods and attention to detail. In 2007 he undertook the teacher training program offered by Yoga Jivana, attaining his full certification (Introductory 2) in 2011, and successfully upgrading to JI-1 in 2014.

Also along this journey, Nick has studied directly with the Iyengar Family, including BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar in various workshops in Australia and abroad as well attending annually the Iyengar Yoga Institue in Pune, India.

Nick has also participated in various Senior Australian Iyengar Yoga Teachers workshops & professional development seminars here and overseas. When Nick is not practicing, studying or teaching yoga, he works full time as engineer for a Melbourne based company.

Angela Manly

Qualified at Introductory Level 2

For Angela, the first Iyengar yoga class she attended remains fresh in her mind; “My first impressions were of people of varying ages and different builds participating; clear teaching emphasising correct body alignment and encouraging smooth, regular breathing; and the feeling of wellbeing that extended after class and beyond the walls of the yoga studio”.

With a background in dance, Angela has been practising yoga regularly since 2005 attending classes and workshops, and more recently, developing a dedicated personal practice.

It seemed like a natural progression to start teacher training at Yoga Jivana in 2012 and, as her practice and teaching evolve, she hopes to encourage more people to try yoga and keep going with it so that they too can experience the joy that extends into all aspects of life.

In 2015 Angela spent a month at RIMYI in Pune, India, studying with Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar. Her stay in India was so inspiring that she intends to return regularly starting with her next trip in June 2017.

Angela finds so many of the quotes by BKS Iyengar about the yoga path deeply inspiring, especially this:

‘Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced.’  B.K.S Iyengar

Berenice Franklin

Qualified at Introductory Level 2

Berenice first tasted yoga as a high school student with weekly classes in the foyer of the Nhulunbuy Cinema, Northern Territory.

Later as a professional dancer, Berenice continued to do yoga classes regularly as a tool to help balance her movement workload. Once she came across Iyengar yoga she was instantly hooked, on the detail, the discipline and the remarkable therapeutic effects.

After working through many life challenges: children, career changes, moving family from state to state, always with yoga as staple in her life; Berenice finally managed to complete her teacher training with Yoga Jivana under the patient tutelage of both Sue and Peter Scott.

Berenice has had the privilege of studying with both Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar at RIMYI, and plans to continue to deepen her study of yoga through a rigorous personal practice, regular attendance at classes and teaching.

“Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Fiona Tinney

Qualified at Introductory Level 2

Fiona began to explore and practice yoga 20 years ago as a respite from the juggle of young children and paid work and following major surgery.

At that time yoga provided an opportunity to focus on strengthening and healing physically as well as a window to quieten and calm the mind.

Teaching yoga has allowed Fiona to work with others and deepen her understanding of the process and impact of Iyengar yoga.

“ The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life”
A reflection by Mr Iyengar that beautifully conveys the wholistic nature of yoga.

Sandra Morello

Qualified at Introductory Level 2

Sandra is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher and practitioner of Iyengar yoga.

She holds a firm belief that yoga enhances one’s life, and that it is a powerful tool to build physical strength and wellbeing. Through the practice of yoga one can also transcend the everyday.  The practice creates a calm and a stillness that can became a bridge towards knowing ourselves.

In her teaching she creates a warm and encouraging atmosphere. In her classes, students feel challenged yet supported through clear direction and instruction that develop awareness of actions in the poses. This awareness that is cultivated on the mat then becomes a powerful resource in one’s day-to-day life.

Sandra started the practice of Iyengar yoga in 2001 and continues a regular and dedicated yoga and meditation practice. She regularly participates in workshops with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers and has visited the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, the highlight of which was being asked to give a speech as part of Guruji ‘s 95th birthday celebrations.

Sandra looks forward to sharing her passion for Iyengar yoga with you.

Susie Alston

Qualified at Introductory Level 2

Susie began practising yoga in 1998 and took Mira Mehta’s ‘How to Use Yoga’ with her when she left Australia in 2000 to travel for several years.  She worked with a number of teachers overseas before discovering Yoga Jivana upon returning home.

Susie began her teacher training journey with Peter and Sue in 2010 and has given birth to two beautiful boys along the way.  Susie’s yoga practice played a vital part in preparing her for the birth of her children.  With the guidance of the Iyengar texts and her senior teachers, Susie was able to continue practising until the end of her pregnancies.

Susie spent a month in 2016 studying with the Iyengar family at RIMYI, in Pune, India

She appreciates the integrity of Iyengar yoga with its focus on sequencing and the use of props that make it accessible for people in varied ages and stages and the incredible effects of yoga on the body and mind that brings a positive outlook to each day. Susie also works part-time as a qualified Kindergarten teacher and is now enjoying combining her skills to teach the Kid’s Yoga class.

Cassandra Di Censo

Teacher in Training

Cassandra has long been a student of Eastern Philosophy and in particular of Zen Buddhism.  She discovered yoga in a workplace class, approximately ten years ago and immediately recognized its affinity with her practice of Kinhin (Zen Walking Meditation).  She has been a keen student of yoga ever since.

Cassandra is a Clinical Social Worker and Child Psychotherapist.  She has a particular interest in somatic therapies and is in the midst of training to become a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, through the Trauma Centre in Brookline, Massachusetts.

She completed her Iyengar Teacher Training at Yoga Jivana earlier this year and is currently preparing to sit the Iyengar Yoga Australia Introductory Assessment.  She has also studied with the Iyengar family in RIMYI, Pune.

“The study of asana is not about mastering posture.  It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself” B.K.S Iyengar

Adriana Pesavento

Administration Assistant

Adriana is Yoga Jivana’s admin assistant and works in our office managing the day to day running of the institute; she is the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call, or email us!

Adriana first discovered Yoga Jivana when she began practice in 2013 after becoming a new mum.  She quickly fell in love with the Iyengar style of Yoga.  She also found the teachers motivating, the diversity of students inspiring and the atmosphere wonderfully warm and welcoming.

When the opportunity for an Admin Assistant came up, Adriana jumped at the chance to be a part of the Yoga Jivana Team.  With many years of customer service experience, predominantly in the travel industry, Adriana was a perfect fit for what was required.  She thoroughly enjoys helping the staff and students with any questions or assistance they require.  Adriana is not a Yoga Teacher but still continues to practice with us at YJ and hopes to do so for many years to come.

One of Adriana’s favourite quotes:

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” BKS Iyengar