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 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.

Roxy Marshall

Roxy Marshall

Yoga Teacher

Roxy was introduced to Yoga as an “on the job perk” seven years ago and has never looked back. She completed her Yoga training with Ihana Yoga and teaches Vinyasa classes that encourage mindful movement through each pose and flow. Roxy’s classes invite people to explore the balance between effort and ease and help to bring a sense of calmness and strength to both mind and body. She loves to set goals for herself, both on and off the mat and encourages others to do the same.

When she’s not doing Yoga or competing in physical challenges like the MCG Stadium Stomp or running half marathons, you might find Roxy enjoying the sunshine while at a winery, spending time with her family or doing crafty and DIY projects around the house.

Give anything a go, it’s always the chances we don’t take that we regret the most ~ Roxy

 

Renata Smenda

Renata Smenda

Yoga Instructor

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, she continued to learn and advance her yoga practice working with a variety of teachers. 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.  Vinyasa flow resonated with Renata immediately. The classes involve movement which is synchronized to the breath and the poses are connected together in a smooth motion, becoming like a dance.

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 Instructor

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 in 2020 will be working 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 Core Balance.

Rachael Gibson

Rachael Gibson

Yoga Instructor

Rachael is the only Kundalini Yoga teacher in the Macedon Ranges and did her 400 hr Kundalini training in Rishikesh, India. Rachael has a background in healing, has worked for many years as a doula but these days spends her time with her family, teaching Kundalini Yoga in the Macedon Ranges as well as combining her passion for horses with healing in her equine therapy, Heart of the Horse.

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