We have the most amazing team of teachers! Many are graduates of the Yoga Spirit Studios teacher training program and are eligible for membership of Yoga Australia. Each teacher brings their own unique interests and passions to the teaching of yoga. With high levels of experience and training you can be assured that you are in safe and skilful hands. Let us introduce ourselves!
M.Sc Yoga Therapy (India), Yoga Australia Registered Senior Teacher;Himalayan Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Yoga Australia Registered Mentor
My name is Vani, as a child of Hindu Brahmin (scholars) family I was introduced to Yoga at a very early age, however, my true Yoga journey started in 2003 when I was 18. I lost my parents that year and my tender mind went too restless to know the deeper meaning of life and its different aspects. This led me to take shelter of Yoga to satisfy my soul and look forward in life. After experiencing the benefits of Yoga, I decided to dedicate myself completely to it and share the same benefits with others.
I started my formal training to become a Yoga teacher in 2005. I completed my post graduated in Masters of Sciences in Yoga Therapy from India, I have also done a Bachelor of Sciences in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics. To fulfill my quest for Yoga, I continued my journey in the company of many mystics and Gurus of Himalayas (initiated in Himalayan Yoga Tradition). I especially like sharing a philosophy of Yoga and Meditation.
I am inspired by the life-changing results of the Yoga practices and my vision is to spread it in its true meaning so that people can achieve their complete well-being (physically, mentally and spiritually). Apart from Yoga, I love Indian classical dancing, food, and traveling.
Love & Peace
Hari Aum Tat Sat!
Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 (Senior) teacher; Yoga Australia Registered Mentor; Advanced Teacher Training (Donna Farhi); Certified iRest® Teacher; Level 2 Somatics Exercise Coach (Essential Somatics)
Tina knows that the gentle path of yoga she walks can therapeutically affect the whole person and that psychological resilience can be discovered through yoga. Her students discover freedom of movement and joy of heart, and develop deep resilience to serve them in daily life. Some will move towards the pursuit of spiritual awakening, a goal to which Tina dedicates her own practice and teaching.
Tina has also served the yoga community through volunteering as Yoga Australia State Coordinator for five years.
Tina is well versed in yoga history and philosophy and yogic maps of the energy body. She chants Sanskrit prayers and chants with a clear and melodic voice to melt your heart.
Yoga Australia Registered Level 1, RYTT200 and RYTT300 Masters Level Bangalore, RYTT25 Gravity Yoga Teacher
Arun has been practicing Yoga from 2010.
Arun is a certified Yoga teacher under World Yoga Organisation and registered with Yoga Australia. He is been teaching yoga from the year 2015 and has trained more than 100 students per day of different walks of life from varied backgrounds, various age groups, and differential learning levels- umpteen objects. He has led yoga classes for all skill levels from beginner to advance.
He trains Power Yoga, Vinyasa flows, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation techniques with emphasizes on building the core strength, which attributes to resistance and healing. Through intention, asana, meditation and pranayama his goal is to have students leave the class refreshed and renewed. His classes are physically challenging with uplifting music, include minimal demonstration and maximum hands-on assists.
Yoga Australia Level 1; Level 2 Somatics Exercise Coach (Essential Somatics); Chair Yoga
Ginny began her practice of yoga 13 years ago, not only seeking to bring emotional balance back into her life, but strength to an injured back.
The union of the body, mind and breath in yoga brought her peace of mind and the ability to move and strengthen her body with care and love. She loves the way yoga can be so beautifully adapted to any age, to any states of physical or emotional well being and to all aspects of life. It has been a life-changing gift and she enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with others.
Ginny is a graduate of the 2013 Yoga Spirit Studios Teacher Training Program and has also completed Level 1 Somatic Exercise Coach training with Martha Peterson, director of Essential Somatics.
Yoga Australia Level 1; Diploma, Positive Psychology; Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher (Mindfulness Training Institute Australia)
Anne specialises in teaching meditation skills and regularly delivers a course on Mindfulness for Beginners at Yoga Spirit Studios. Anne has completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Facilitator trained in the Jon Kabat-Zinn lineage. Learn more about Anne here.
Yoga Australia Level 1; Level 1 Somatics Exercise Coach (Essential Somatics)
Vittala is a certified Yoga Teacher who has practised Pranayama and Hatha Yoga for over ten years. He practises both regularly and he brings his personal experience to his teaching.
Vittala is also a retired Senior Research Scientist. One of his passions is to document scientific evidence on the application of yoga to our wellbeing. You can find this documentation at his blog "Yoga Proof". http://yogaproof.blogspot.com.au
Yoga Australia Level 1; Special Skills: Children's yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Chair yoga
Pahtchi’s background in yoga goes back to Brazil where she learned various styles including Swasthya, Ashtanga and Vinyasa, and undertook her first teacher training there in 2004. In 2007 she came to Australia to follow her dream of living overseas, learning English and seeing where it would lead. Here she completed the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Spirit Studios with Rebecca Richards, graduating in 2009.
Pahtchi has taught since 2009 in a variety of settings and she has continued to expand her skills and knowledge. Pahtchi's skills are broad. She navigated two pregnancies with yoga, including teaching throughout, and has developed a deep understanding of modifications and care during pregnancy. She also trained in teaching yoga to children with Zenergy Yoga. She teaches chair yoga to the frail elderly in aged care settings. Pahtchi has skills in traditional practices of pranayama and the shatkarma kriya practices of jala netī, naulī, kapālabhātī, and trātaka.
Pahtchi is passionate about bringing the benefits of yoga to everyone and is a true believer that yoga can have a deep and positive effect on our lives.
Graduate of Shantarasa
Oswaldo Grillet is a social worker, motivational therapist, healthy lifestyle coach and senior yoga teacher who began practising yoga & meditation in 1990 at the age of 16, in South America and then India, living as a monk (brahmachari) studying and practicing the sciences of yoga (asana, anatomy, psychology, philosophy, pranayam, devotional music “Kirtan”, transcendental meditation and Ayurvedic medicine)
During the years 2018 and 2019, Os expanded his Yoga & Meditation studies in Australia with Shantarasa Yoga Darshana School. He also has studied sound healing, emotional freedom therapies, Qigong, and naturopathy in order to lead his audience and students through an extraordinary healing introspective journey.
Os has delivered inspirational talks, workshops, retreats, and immersions in more than 11 different countries in the last 25 years.
Os’s classes are always inspiring, creative, empowering and full of holistic tools that can help you to unveil the natural joyous state of being. His classes are very popular, especially for mental health benefits.
Os is also a musician, songwriter and the author of the book “The Wholeness of Yourself”.
Yoga Australia Registered Level 1
Michelle began exploring Yoga twenty-five years ago, firstly in the UK then in various locations
around the globe. After attending a rejuvenating yoga retreat in rural Spain, she was inspired to
make the transition to yoga teacher and undertook training at Yoga Spirit.
In 2016 Michelle also trained as a children's yoga teacher, undertaking courses with Zenergy Yoga.
She teaches weekly in a South Australian primary school.
With a rich tapestry of experiences on which to draw, Michelle believes we can all find the strength,
flexibility and stillness to live life to the full in these busy times. By weaving together the time-
honoured practice of Yoga with current knowledge and innovation, we can revitalise our bodies,
minds and spirits, gaining a new lease of life in the process. Whether you’re an experienced yoga
practitioner or a complete beginner, Michelle’s classes will provide guidance to safely explore and
In 1994 I did my Yoga teachers Certificate Course with a thesis on Emotion culture, from - SVYASA, Vivekananda centre for Yoga studies and research in Bangalore ( India) which is a deemed Yoga university under the guidance of Dr.Nagendra and Dr.Nagaratna.
In September 2010, I completed a Yoga Australia registered Hatha Yoga Instructor course at the Yoga Spirit Studios under the able guidance of Rebecca Richards, a Hatha yoga instructor of long standing and good repute. This was over a duration of 14 months and taught and learnt in great depth.
My Yoga sessions usually have a mix of sitting, standing, prone and supine asanas based on the group and its energy in that particular session with focus on breath and a guided Shavasana or Yoga Nidra with Om chanting at the end. I chant Shlokas where required so as to utilise the vibrational benefits for the participants and Pranayama is taught regularly too.
Holistic Yoga translated into daily life- would be one of my favourite dreams and hopes for all of us.