Our Teachers

Liana Quach

Liana Quach

Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Owner of Illuminate

Liana has spent the last eight years in the fitness and wellness space as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor and Yoga teacher. She loves teaching classes, speaking at events and working with women especially, to create happier, healthier lives through mindful movement. Aside from teaching and running Illuminate, Liana runs the pre and post natal Pilates and Yoga programs at My Midwives in Melbourne offering specialised programs supporting women through their journey to motherhood. Liana is excited to be bringing the same specialised programs to Illuminate.

Liana’s passion is bringing people to better health and happiness through movement and you will see and feel this in her classes. Liana teaches the Pilates classes, Gentle Yoga and the pre and post natal programs.

 

Lucy James

Lucy James

Yoga Teacher

Lucy began practicing in her late teens in an effort to find an alternative method for dealing with an ongoing medical condition. She found the integration of whole body and mind through asana, pranayama and meditation incredibly effective and wanted to share this with others.
Having practiced extensively in the Iyengar system and Vinyasa Flow, Lucy completed her Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the Australian Yoga Academy in 2013 and her Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training with Ihana Yoga in 2016. Lucy has also completed training with Bliss Baby yoga and is a qualified pre- and post-natal yoga teacher.

You will find a strong focus on healthy and functional movement patterns and solid anatomical understanding in Lucy’s classes. With an emphasis on graded variations of poses so that all can participate, Lucy emphasises the importance of safety and alignment, always working with and respecting the body we have.

See more about Lucy and her work www.lucyjames.net

Jo Morris

Jo Morris

Yoga Teacher / Yoga Therapist

Jo has been teaching Yoga for over ten years. She began practicing Yoga as a way to bring some calm into her life after having her second child. Since then her passion for yoga has grown and deepened and in 2011 Jo graduated as a Yoga Therapist with the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy.

Jo’s teaches Gentle Yoga and her classes are varied with an emphasis on the breath to guide movement and to keep focus.  They involve asana, breath work, relaxation and meditation.  She believes that yoga helps people to realise that we don’t need to strive to be anything other than who we truly are and that really shines through in her teaching.

Lee Brennan

Lee Brennan

Yoga Teacher

Lee Brennan has been teaching Yoga for 15 years. Since beginning Yoga in 2001, Lee was drawn to the emphasis of physical alignment and the precise techniques of Iyengar Yoga and has studied with senior Yoga teachers from across the world, including Geeta Iyengar. Drawing from his extensive experience and knowledge of Yoga and the use of props to support a wide variety of physical conditions, Lee’s classes involve intelligent sequences focusing on key technical aspects that flow through various groups of Yoga poses.
Bec Louey

Bec Louey

Pilates Teacher

Bec is a Pilates teacher as well as a personal trainer. She recently moved to Kyneton after selling her gym in Melbourne. Having healed her own chronic pain with movement and meditation, she developed specialised skills in her Pilates practice that allowed her to relate better to students and help guide them towards a more positive approach to movement.

Bec’s style is uplifting, fun and inclusive; and you will feel the burn. She is able to offer different modifications to enable everyone in the class to feel the benefits of Pilates. 

 

Renata Smenda

Renata Smenda

Yoga Teacher

Renata began practising Iyengar yoga more than 30 years ago, whilst studying dance. During her career as a dancer, which took her to many countries and after arriving in New York in 1999 she had her first experience Vinyasa yoga and it wasn’t long before she was teaching her first class.  

Renata’s classes could be described as dynamic yet gentle, progressing through differing sequences and enabling her to cater to a wide range of levels. Safely, she builds up her students’ bodies toward final more challenging poses. Although Renata takes her yoga seriously, there is always an element of play in her classes.

Lz Dunn

Lz Dunn

Yoga Teacher

Lz (Liz) Dunn loves to move in all directions. She also loves to play and includes both these things in her practice as an artist and a teacher. Over the past 10 years Lz has worked with children and young people running art workshops in schools and galleries as well as making performances around Melbourne, Australia and internationally. She trained in Vinyasa yoga through Gertrude St Yoga Studio in Melbourne, 2017 and now lives in Castlemaine with her family.

Lz is inspired by spending time with young humans and is very excited to be taking the little yogis class this year.

 

Fran Malane

Fran Malane

Yoga Teacher

Fran is all about empowering women through meditation, massage and Yoga. In additional to being an amazing Yoga teacher Fran is a skilled body worker and massage therapist and works at beautiful Hepburn Springs Day Spa in Daylesford.

She believes in reconnecting to your body through self care and self love on every level and you will really feel this in Fran’s classes. Fran teaches Yin Yoga and Yoga + Meditation.

Milly Dabrowski

Milly Dabrowski

Yoga Teacher

More info on Milly coming soon…

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