Sandra Bryant is the Yoga Spirit Studios Principal Teacher Trainer and teaches “Embodied Teaching”. Sandra is a Level 3 Registered Teacher with Yoga Australia and a Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach. She initially trained with Rebecca Richards and later went on to train with internationally renowned teacher, Donna Farhi. She completed Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training in 2005 and is now one of Donna’s Senior Associates.
Sandra continues to deepen her knowledge and has a great interest in Somatic movement and Anatomy and Physiology as they apply in a very practical sense to yoga asana and human movement. Sandra has completed courses with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews (authors of “Yoga Anatomy”), Martha Peterson (author of “Move without Pain”) and continues to explore movement and the body with curiosity and openness. She is always evolving as a yoga practitioner and a teacher, and shares new insights with her students.
Sandra was a teacher at Yoga Spirit Studios until 2010 when she opened her own studo, Essence of Yoga, in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide.
Tina Shettigara is a past graduate of the Yoga Spirit Studios Teacher Training course under Rebecca Richards and is now owner and Director of Yoga Spirit Studios. She is a level 2 Registered Teacher with Yoga Australia, Level 2 Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach and Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher®.
Tina brings a lifetime of study and immersion in Indian philosophy and religion and several decades of yoga practice to the course as lecturer in Yogic Physiology and Yoga Philosophy, History and Language, and a background in business and marketing to the Yoga Business subject. Tina also teaches Pranayama.
Tina completed Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training in 2012 and now assists her at workshop intensives. Tina is also a student of Richard Miller and a Certified teacher of iRest Yoga Nidra and meditation.
Tina’s studies take her ever deeper into the history and philosophical background of yoga, however her practice is firmly rooted in the somatic experience of Hatha yoga and meditation. Tina is able to share Yogic Physiology in a way that moves understanding from esoteric theory to a felt experience and gateway to living in radiance and abundance.
The Yoga Spirit Studios Teacher Training course is very fortunate to have Maarten Immink on the faculty as lecturer in Body Intelligence. Maarten is an accredited yoga and meditation teacher in the Satyananda tradition who also has a professional expertise in Anatomy and Physiology as Senior Lecturer, Human Movement, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia.
While his particular area of interest is the neural and cognitiveaspects of skill acquisition and motor control, his research interests include investigating the potential for yoga as a complementary therapy in addressing chronic clinical conditions. His publications include papers on the use of yoga in the treatment of Lymphedema, on meditation amd memory, on yoga as a therapy in post-stroke patients, and on yoga and exercise in the treatment of depression.
Maarten is well experienced in providing professional development seminars for yoga teachers as well as providing anatomy and physiology training for yoga teachers in training. As his knowledge base includes both the wisdom of yoga and western science he is able to bridge the two fields, thereby providing students with an integral approach to understanding the amazing human mind-body being.
Maarten’s standards are high and exacting, guaranteeing that your foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology will far exceed that of many other yoga teaching courses. His teaching is at the same time accessible and, importantly, fun.
David brings over three decades of yoga practice and teaching experience to this course as lecturer in Philosophy of Yoga. He teaches Integral (Poorna) Yoga at the Nunkeri Centre for Physical, Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing in Myponga. He is also practices Bowen Therapy which he integrates with Yoga Therapy.
David’s yogic learning, practice and teaching is influenced by classical teachings from many sources including Yogananda, Satyananda, Gitananda and those masters who emphasise spiritual development and yogic lifestyle.
David is a devotee of the Bhakti master, Mata Amritanandamayi, better known throughout the world as Amma - the hugging saint. David is a regular traveller to India.
David is a driving force behind the Yoga Teachers Institute of SA Inc. , a non-profit yoga community organisation. He also shares yoga with support groups for people who have brain injury and those recovering from strokes.
David plays harmonium, guitar and sings devotional songs and chants and holds regular Kirtan events in Adelaide.
He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of yoga and enjoys helping students discover how the rich textured layers of yoga practice can be integrated into daily life.
Jacqueline Iles is an Ayurveda consultant who teaches the subject “Ayurveda lifestyle” in the Teacher Training course. As a young adult she was interested in health and healing and completed a massage course while at university. After some travel overseas she began her Ayurveda journey at the age of 22 when she embarked on a four year Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda. Once completed she headed to India seeking more clinical training. She continues to return to India for further training and conferences in Ayurveda and yoga
Jacqueline completed an Iyengar teacher training level 1 in Australia and has been a yoga teacher for 12 years.