You can enjoy many styles of yoga at Qi, each with its own flavour to suit any age, any level or ability.They all focus your senses, uniting body, breath and mind leading to lasting vitality and joy
Manly, NSWContact Qi Health & Yoga (Manly)
Alex is a highly experienced and certified Yoga Synergy teacher, a 3 year training apprenticeship that she undertook more than a decade ago.
She has been practicing yoga for over 16 years and teaching in Sydney for 11 years. She regularly attends seminars and workshops and is currently studying the IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association) Post Graduate Advance Teacher Training Programme.
As the mother of three young children, Alex understands the importance of bring balance in our busy lives, using the physical body to connect the mind and the breath. At the same time, she believes that safely challenging the body, in a fun and intelligent way, helps create a strong, healthy body and a calm focused mind – not just on the mat, but beyond.
Originally from Spain, I moved to London in 1992 to work in the Television industry. It was my job that brought me all the way to live in Sydney in 2001 where I started practising Pilates and became passionate about this exercising technique.
I temporarily moved to Dublin in 2007 but decided to change my career obtaining certifications in two disciplines, Pilates and Life & Executive Coaching.
I have found that the combination of Pilates and coaching brings a different dynamic into my teaching and provides me with a better understanding of what motivate us to exercise, to challenge ourselves and, more importantly, to better ourselves.
I am certified by the Pilates Institute of Ireland and by Polestar Pilates in Sydney in 2010.
Carolina has been practicing Yoga for over 12 years and graduated from the prestigious Hatha Teacher Training at Qi Yoga Studio with Mark O’Brien where her Yoga has blossomed.
Her practice is founded on continuous exploration mixing passion, acceptance, curiosity and discipline. She is constantly looking for advanced knowledge aiming to widen and grow as a teacher; she is undertaking Mysan Sidbo's Yin yoga teacher training in 2014 as well as different short courses and workshops.
Carolina is a supportive and inspiring teacher, passing a sense of discipline yet with lightness, joy and ease.
Cora is an international yoga teacher, having studied and instructed in America, Canada and now Australia. She began her relationship with yoga in her mid teens, but fell passionately in love while attending university. After obtaining a 4-year degree in Psychology Cora went on to become a 500hr certified Moksha Yoga Instructor. Realizing her passion for connecting with people on a meaningful level Cora began teaching full time 2009. She has also trained in Yin and Vinyasa Yoga.
Her passion for yoga lies in the interconnection of mind and body, and how we can use one to influence the other. She encourages her students to slow down, breath and listen to the wisdom of their bodies. When you attend her class expect to feel grounded, balanced and challenged both mentally and physically.
Originally from Finland, Elissa has been living abroad since the early 2000s, spending the last 4 years in Australia. She finished her Advanced Yoga Teaching Diploma at Nature Care College in December 2008.
Elissa is also a passionate surfer and snowboarder and loves an active lifestyle. "I practice yoga because it makes me happy and gives me balance and strength in the other areas of my life."
Her passion lies within people and helping them achieve whatever they wish from their lives. She believes yoga is not a hobby but a way of life - which would make this world a much better place if just more people integrated it into their personal lives.
Flexibility in bodies through yoga will show in flexibility in our minds when we hit hard situations in life. Yoga will not make these situations go away but will help us the way we see and approach them.
Yoga has been a big support for Elissa throughout the years. Her teaching is a nurturing, flowing style and customized for all levels from gentler styles to more dynamic classes. She teaches Hatha, Restorative and Ashtanga styles of yoga. She also likes to focus a lot on different pranayama techniques and relaxation during her classes. She focuses on developing practical skills that will transform the quality of daily life, develop strength for both the body and the mind and likes to explore the spiritual dimensions of practice for peace and life balance.
Elissa continues her studies through regular courses and workshops.
When I first started practicing Yoga I had the flexibility of a fence post and the mind of a cheeky monkey that had consumed way too many banana smoothies. And as challenging as it was ( and still is!) I loved every bit of it. Because I knew, even when it challenged me on every level and brought up all manner of Samskaras, that this would change my life and I was finally on the path home.
I soon discovered that Yoga was very different from my narrow perceptions of it being about just sitting still for hours and wrapping yourself up like a pretzel. Yoga is this huge, wonderous adventure where you get to explore the ever-changing, amazing universe that is within you. I went to Los Angeles and became a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher in 2003, and quickly followed it by completing Teacher Training at The Yoga Academy of Pune, India in 2004; then MindBodyMoves Yoga for Kids 2005; and completed the BodyMindLife Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 ; and recently have embarked on my next teacher training journey with Anusara Yoga.
It is my intention to instill passion, knowledge and lightheartedness into every class, and to provide a safe and supportive environment in which everyone feels great about themselves - healing old injuries, be they physical or otherwise, de-stressing, becoming stronger, healthier and happier.
In my own practice, I have witnessed incredible progress, simply through a shift in perception and focus, and that blows me away. We have the power, it is all within us. Krishnamurti said " In oneself lies the whole world, and if you know how to look and learn, then the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself." Be Powerful. Namaste.
Kylie was drawn to yoga after undergoing some big life changes (becoming a mother and leaving the corporate world for a start!). She decided that it was time to lose some weight and have a break from the baby - and it was one of the best decisions she has ever made.
The benefits of yoga were huge; not only did she discover the many positive physical effects, but she felt a vast improvement in her emotional life and wellbeing. And so her love affair with yoga began. Kylie became a qualified teacher through Qi Yoga.
She has also incorporated Dru yoga into her teaching, meaning her classes are gentle and accessible for any age and physical type. The focus is on breathing, releasing energy through vizualisations and song (Kylie is also a professional singer).
Being a single mother, she understands the daily pressures of life and how challenging it can be to find balance, but with the help of yoga, it can be achieved! Come to Kylie’s classes to be moved!
Mark O'Brien has practiced Yoga for over 15 years, and been teaching since 1996. Born in England, he moved to Australia and left a successful career in advertising to follow his heart by opening Qi Natural Therapies & Yoga in Sydney. He has since become one of Sydney 's in-demand teachers.
He holds Senior Membership status and is on the National Executive of the "Yoga Teachers' Association of Australia" Mark had a strong meditation practice before graduating from the Heart of Yoga teacher-training in 1999 with Karen Schaeffer and Mark Breadner, (based on the approach of TKV Desikachar.)
He has since trained with many respected Yoga teachers including further in-depth study with both TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub Desikachar . Mark continues to study elements of Tantra and Hatha yoga. His current teacher over several years is the inspiring Donna Farhi.
With a diploma in Remedial Massage and a background in meditation and somatic therapy, he remains in awe of the joyful way that skillful physical movement and attention to the breath can dramatically improve our moods, energy, health and outlook on the physical world. Flexibility -or lack of it- is of little importance in this approach which is open to anyone who can breath and sincerely wants to improve their life.
Mary-Louise first experienced yoga while at high school. This introduction to yoga proved to be be the steady, unbreakable thread weaving its way throughout Mary-Louise's life.
Mary-Louise spent 20 years in the IT industry. She was one of a hand-full of women who reached the status of General Manager of a US computer company.
After the birth of her first child she qualified as an IYTA teacher. She went on to study with Simon Borg Olivier, Shandor and many different styles of yoga, including Iyenger, culminating in qualifying as one of the first teachers of Dru Yoga in Australia.
She has always been an advocate of natural child birth and the benefits of yoga throughout pregnancy. She established a large following at her Harbord Yoga Centre where she introduced one of two major pre-natal yoga schools in Sydney.
She is a counsellor and has written a book for new mothers, helping to deal with the emotions of motherhood.
She and her young family moved to the NSW South Coast 7 years ago to establish Budawang Eco Yoga Retreat. She runs regular training and pre-natal certification for yoga teachers at Budawang as well as for IYTA and Dru Yoga teachers.
Maurice is a free spirit, a passionate surfer and devoted yogi. His classes are flowing, dynamic and elegantly sequenced to bring a glow to your cheeks and a smile to your spirit as he coaches you to find new ways to develop inner strength and resolve.
Expect a workout to challenge you and keep you –and your body- vital and happy. If you’re lucky he’ll even chant at the end of your practice… Your smile will be as wide as the ocean as you leave feeling alive, relaxed and centred!
He graduated from the prestigious Qi Hatha Yoga Diploma in 2005 and now teaches full-time as he continues his studies in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with the legendary Eileen Hall.
Mel's nurturing style of Hatha yoga is for everyone. She believes yoga is not just about being flexible,
I began working in the body-mind health field over ten years ago when I trained as a remedial massage therapist at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. At the same time I had the equivalent of my “first kiss” with yoga sitting in a community class at Yoga Source learning Ujjayi breathing. It transported me into a place of stillness and expansion that guided me through my first ever Ashtanga Primary Series. As a ballet dancer since the age of five I felt I’d discovered the most amazing dance that followed the music of my breath and internal world...and I was hooked!
Since then I’ve worked with hundreds of people therapeutically as a remedial massage therapist, gaining first hand experience with a myriad of physical pain, postural issues and energetic stagnation. My love affair with yoga grew and changed as I explored various styles from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Hatha Vinyasa all around the world, but always my practice brought me solace, clarity, peace and a connection to self that I’ve come to see as integral to health.
I trained to be a yoga teacher at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Maharashtra, India which follows the Satyananda tradition of Hatha as well as traditional Raj Yoga. I completed my Bachelors of Environmental Science at Portland State University, did extended studies of anatomy and physiology through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and am currently completing a nine month yoga anatomy training with renowned author Leslie Kaminoff. I’ve never stopped dancing, although it has shape shifted from ballet, to modern, African, contact, raves, swing and salsa, and health through motion has become one of my mantras.
In my Hatha Vinyasa Yoga classes at Qi Yoga you’ll be guided into finding your own dance of mindfulness with breath, mind and body. My classes are strong and challenging but lighthearted and accessible for a range of experience levels, and will leave you feeling worked-out and serene. When I do one-on-one therapeutic yoga I design a short sequence targeting the individual’s specific needs, abilities and intentions that can be incorporated into their daily life. Private sessions always include a one page worksheet with photographs and explanations of the sequence we created.
I believe our intentions and beliefs inspire every action, and therefor are one of the most important parts of a yoga practice and life. I love hashing out and dissecting the wisdom of ancient yoga philosophy and applying it our modern lives. You can find these queries in my fortnightly yoga blog www.yogawithmorgan.wordpress.com.
“Man today is sick because he thinks he is sick. Sickness and disease have no place in the life a person who does not accept and tolerate the self-limiting thoughts which are the real seeds of our myriad aliments. We stand hypnotized by the belief that disease and illness are our fate and destiny, rather than health and bliss, which are truly our birthright and heritage. In order to emerge from our mass hypnosis and collective hysteria and to experience health, joy and creative fulfillment, we must make a systematic application of yoga in our daily lives.” ~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Mysan is a free-spirited adventurer. She graduated from the Qi Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2009.
Mysan’s earlier career as a snowboarder in Europe has instilled in her an understanding of both the human side of competitiveness as well as the rewards of physical commitment and dedication. Her passion for yoga, as well as her love for wellbeing and exercise gives her a thorough understanding of how to inspire the human spirit to its edge.
Mysan has a sound knowledge of anatomy and in her classes she highlights the importance of building balance between body, mind and breath.
By emphasizing proper alignment across all her classes she ensures a safe progression from beginners up to more practiced students. Mysan combines yoga, breath and positive energy for a holistic approach to all yoga classes resulting in an energetic makeover for the body, mind and soul.
You can't but help join in her wicked chuckle as you smile to yourself at the end of a class with Mysan
Nikki is a Hatha Yoga Teacher with more than 20 year’s experience.
While seeking to establish & maintain balance between the demands of a stressful corporate career, family and self, yoga became her lifeline and then her passion. Nikki graduated from the well-respected 420hr Diploma of Yoga at Qi Yoga in Manly and is now dedicated to sharing the gift of yoga & well-being with others full time.
Nikki specialises in gentle yoga and aims to help her students find respite from the 'monkey mind'. She loves to inspire her students by helping them to take the tools of yoga off the mat and use them to bring peace and balance anywhere, anytime.
Oriana Russell is an experienced Pilates Instructor and has taught since 2003.
She specializes in Pilates Matwork and is qualified as a member of the Australian Fitness Network, Group Exercise Instructor and Australian Institute of Fitness.
Oriana has taught private, semi-private and small group sessions on all apparatus, small props and mat. Her classes are for all levels from a beginner, intermediate and advanced including prenatal and postnatal prescription.
Sam Woods is one of Sydney's most respected and experienced Ashtanga Yoga teachers, with many visits to study in Mysore with the founder of this yoga system, Sri Pattabhi Jois.
He is an outstanding teacher for alignment and safety, with a deserved reputation for his Mysore classes.
Stephanie has been practising yoga for over 14 years. Initially exploring her spiritual path in 1995 during a 7 month journey through India & Asia she became interested in Meditation and Buddhism, and following this did many silent meditation retreats in India, Thailand and Australia. This interest in mindfulness based practices naturally brought her to train and qualify as a yoga teacher in the Qi teacher training diploma.
Stephanie now shares her knowledge and passion for Yoga and meditation/mindfulness based practices through her teaching, and has recently returned from a 1 month trip to India where she furthered her studies at a 10 day intensive Ashtanga retreat, as well as 2 weeks of yoga and yogic practices at Sivananda ashram.
She brings a warmth and compassion to her classes and students and aims to encourage yoga practice as a way to develop strength, health and flexibility, but more importantly -as a way to become more present, balanced and joyful in life. Stephanie teaches Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow (Ashtanga) and meditation.
Byron born Alice Browning is no stranger to growing up in the land of mindfulness, tofu and yogic intention, however like most – the beautiful union of life versus...
Emily is a peaceful northern beaches soul with a love for the ocean, nature and healthy living. From a young age Emily has always had a passion for leading a natural...
Phoebe fell in love with yoga in 2004 when she was completing her final exams at school and has always had a love of discovering more about the body, mind and spirit...
Shaila has trained extensively in yoga, both in Australia and India. She has a Diploma in Yogic Studies from Satyananda Yoga Academy (2 years full-time study). She...
400hrs Cert IV in Polestar Pilates Method, 415hrs Dip. Hatha Yoga (Qi Yoga), 250hrs Yoga Therapy Post Graduate Cert (Adore Yoga), 100hrs Yin Yoga Cert (Qi Yoga)...
Jess has been teaching Yoga since she finished her teacher training with Qi in 2014. Originally from Switzerland, she worked as a medical assistant in private medical...
Andrena’s love of yoga began when she moved to Australia in 1996 and discovered Yoga Moves in Paddington, she didn’t realise that signing up for a beginners Ashtanga...
Constantina was introduced to Pilates in 2002 and fell for it immediately, loving the holistic workout that challenged both her body and her mind. Leaving a career...
Charlotte began practising yoga over ten years ago in the USA, where she is from. In 2014, she decided to quit her corporate job and travel around the world by herself...
Josie started practicing yoga about 14 years ago, after her mum suggested it as an alternative treatment for her sciatica. This sent her on a wonderful, challenging...