Yoga Australia Level 3 (Senior) member # 1951; Yoga Australia Registered Mentor; Member Meditation Australia
Advanced Teacher Training (Donna Farhi); Certified iRest® Teacher; Level 2 Somatics Exercise Coach (Essential Somatics)
Tina was the Director of Yoga Spirit Studios from November 2010 to June 2021.
For over forty years Tina has pursued interests in yoga, meditation and Indian philosophy while also pursuing other careers and raising her children.
Tina undertook her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Spirit Studios founder, Rebecca Richards, and since graduating with the Yoga Spirit Studios Certificate of Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2009, Tina has accumulated over 1000 teaching hours and 1000 hours of professional yoga training. She has worked with Donna Farhi, completing her 21 day Advanced Teacher Training in 2012 and has since assisted Donna at her workshop intensives. In 2013 and 2014 she trained with Richard Miller in iRest® Yoga Nidra and continued her studies in 2015 and 2016 to attain certification. In 2013 she trained with Martha Peterson to become a Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach.
Tina is a Registered Senior (Level 3) member of Yoga Australia, Certified iRest® teacher, registered meditation teacher with Meditation Australia and Level 2 Somatic Movement Coach (in style of Thomas Hanna).
Currently she is continuing to pursue her own spiritual blossoming guided by Richard Miller and other senior iRest teachers and by Christopher Hareesh Wallis, (in Tantrik Yoga).
Through her own sadhana (practice) Tina has touched into the deepest truth of who we are and her goal is always to move her students towards recognition of their true nature.
When teaching postural yoga she guides a gentle and nurturing movement practice that is always inviting somatic awareness and deeper insights. Postural alignment is invited by means of internal connection. Technical forays support students to develop sound foundations from which they can explore and nurture the body/mind continuum.
As a meditation teacher Tina is capable of guiding her students to appreciate the subtle layers of Self.
Movement and meditation often combine in body-sensing movement practices that invite a balance of deep stillness and vibrant unfolding of movement.
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 go on to pursue spiritual awakening, a goal to which Tina dedicates her own practice and her teaching.
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.
Tina spent several years as the volunteer State Coordinator for Yoga Australia, organising State Meetings and Continuing Professional Development events for Yoga Australia members in South Australia, and advocating for Yoga Australia amongst her teaching peers in South Australia. Tina strongly supports the purpose and aims of Yoga Australia as a peak professional body, to maintain and indeed raise professional standards of yoga, and to advocate for yoga and yoga teachers.
See our current timetable to see when to join Tina for regular yoga classes, somatics and iRest Yoga Nidra classes, meditation and meditative movement; and our Events and Retreats tab for her retreats and workshops and Short Courses for iRest and other short courses. Tina is also available for private appointments and as a mentor for yoga teachers (contact the studio or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tina draws on skills built in previous careers to produce regular event up date emails and a quality monthly e-newsletter for the studio, On the Mat, to which she contributes articles she writes in her blog, At Home in the Self.
Tina's commitment to her teaching practice and her love towards her students to share and embrace what she is able to give is inspirational. Tina's approach is to encourage her students and those who practice with her to truly understand their own body and own experience and so embrace the real meaning of yoga and full experience of yoga. Tina uses the class time to touch into all aspects of yoga - asana, pranayama, theory, mudra and mindfulness and awareness. - Julia 2018