Iyengar Yoga teachers are amongst the best qualified yoga teachers you can find! It takes four to five years of intense teacher training and a rigorous assessment process to international standards before teachers gain entry level certification. At Darwin Yoga Space we have seven Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers and four new trainees.
Carole started doing Iyengar yoga in Montreal, Canada in 1986 after completing her BA in history and literature. She started her formal yoga teacher training in Sydney in 1990 and taught there for 5 years before moving to Darwin and creating Darwin Yoga Space. Carole holds a Senior Intermediate Level 2 Iyengar Teaching Certificate. She has taught interstate, in Singapore, Canada, the United States and has taught yoga retreats in Bali since 1996. Carole feels very privileged to be able to immerse herself in the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
Anja moved to Darwin from her native Germany in 1997 where she trained as a physiotherapist. She started Yoga in 2000 and became very committed to it in 2004. Anja believes that Yoga can be the answer for a lot of physical symptoms. It was the answer for her when she suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and used yoga to regain strength and endurance. Anja started the teacher training course with Carole in early 2006 and holds an Introductory Level 2 Certificate.
Domonique was first introduced to yoga at university in the USA and never imagined it'd become a cornerstone of her life. It took a move to Darwin in 2007 before she rediscovered yoga and the warm community at Darwin Yoga Space. Domonique joined the Teacher Training Program in 2011 and regularly participates in yoga workshops, intensives and retreats. She finds endless appeal in the personal journey that is yoga and the clarity and perspective it can provide. She loves that yoga challenges her to always have an open mind, even in the most difficult yoga postures or circumstances. Dom currently holds an Introductory Teaching Certificate.
Kate has been practising Iyengar Yoga at DYS since 2004 and started the Teacher Training program in 2012. My initial practice of yoga was just doing the asana or yoga poses as I thrived on the physical challenge, but since starting the Teacher Training program I am learning that yoga is a more rounded practice of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques) and a philosophy or way of life and it makes my practice of it much more sustainable. Yoga has become essential for me in the management of chronic pain I suffer from a back injury. It not only helps with the physical pain, but also teaches me how to live with the injury emotionally. Kate holds an Introductory Level 2 Certificate.
Marie commenced yoga classes at DYS in 2003. She was returning to a career as a psychologist and was excited to explore the mindfulness of being in a pose and the pranayama breathing techniques. Marie has found yoga asanas especially useful in dealing with back and knee injuries but as her practice has deepened she has found the greatest benefits in the grounding and switching off from her busy job as the CEO of a not-for-profit organisation.
Marie describes herself as a traditionalist and loves the authenticity, consistency and rigour of Iyengar yoga. She has attended many workshops and DYS retreats and often drops into Iyengar classes when travelling. She has practiced on her own regularly since 2006 and commenced Darwin Yoga Space’s Teacher Training in 2015.
My relationship with yoga has been a long on again off again affair since 1996. Throughout this time I have carried a deep respect for the Art of Yoga and its ability to inspire and nurture me holistically.
When the opportunity came along to get involved in Carole’s Teacher Training group in January 2015 it was the right time for me to get more involved with yoga. I am enjoying that extra level of commitment and learning. Teaching is a wonderful way to share what I know and I enjoy planting the seed of yoga in other people.