Yarraville Yoga Centre is an Iyengar Yoga school
The centre was founded in Yarraville in 2003 by teachers Heather Kitchen, Peter Harley and Amanda Hood, and manager David Spratt. In 2014 George King and Venesha Wray joined Peter and Amanda as current co-directors of the centre. An underlying philosophy of Yarraville Yoga Centre is to provide an ethical workplace that supports its teachers to fully immerse themselves in the culture of study, practice, and ongoing teacher development.
Peter Harley, George King, Venesha Wray, Ann Dragon, Geraldine Morey, Erica Izett and Madeline Ford, with more than 50 years teaching experience between them, are fully qualified by the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. Iyengar teachers must undergo a minimum of 5 years study, practice, rigorous training and assessment before receiving introductory level teaching qualifications. The certification mark is your reassurance of quality in teaching. All of our teachers maintain a personal practice as well as ongoing study and professional development. We are fortunate as Iyengar Yoga teachers to be supported in our learning by senior teachers within the Iyengar tradition. Peter, Ann and Geraldine have studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Clare Pritchard teaches the Trauma Sensitive Yoga class, and is also a fully qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Peter Harley has been an engineer, conservationist and school teacher. He now teaches yoga and designs yoga equipment.
George King has been teaching yoga for more than 10 years. She began practicing yoga in the Iyengar tradition to help with high anxiety, and has found yoga life enhancing and provides a capacity for self-transformation.
Venesha Wray has been been a yoga student since 2001 and began teaching at Yarraville Yoga Centre in 2011. Her background is as a saxophone teacher, and she has also completed a Masters looking at community food systems. Venesha aims to inspire students to actively bring yoga principles out of the yoga room and into their journey of self-inquiry.
Ann Dragon Yoga found Ann in 1993 living in Perth coping with a torn cruciate knee ligament. It helped her rehabilitate and receive life’s twists and turns with wonder. Yoga and Ann have grown inseparable. Ann has taught Yoga on a virtual daily basis for almost twenty years. She has established a successful yoga school and accompanied many people along the way to discover Yoga’s intimate practice. Her classes illustrate an understanding of Iyengar’s methodology and provide an accessible environment for all to thrive in Yoga.
Geraldine Morey first attended classes at Yarraville Yoga Centre in 2004 and is happy to be returning as part of the teaching team. She completed her teacher training with Marina Jung in 2010 and has since visited RIMYI in Pune three times, attending classes with Geeta, Prasant and BKS Iyengar. She began practising yoga 26 years ago, the same year she started nursing in Intensive Care, and finds the practice vital to her health and wellbeing.
Clare Pritchard first discovered Iyengar Yoga in 1994, and began teaching in 2002. Her background is in the community sector, working in particular with homeless women, and those who have experienced violence. She continues to work with the Centres Against Sexual Assault, and feels very privileged to have been involved in developing a Trauma Sensitive Yoga program at the Western CASA. She is passionate about the application of yoga in a therapeutic manner, to maximise the potential of each individual, and our society as a whole.
Madeline Ford’s first experience of yoga was via the Women’s Circus, which she joined in the early 2000s, seeking connection and a sense of being in her body. In previous lifetimes she was physically uncoordinated, a smoker and a long distance runner (not simultaneously). She was a student at Yarraville Yoga before commencing teacher training in Iyengar Yoga in 2014. She also teaches English as an Additional Language. For her, yoga means lifelong learning and a process of finding that the difficult questions, just like the poses that one struggles with most, are the source of the deepest learning.
Erica Izett began her yoga journey in the mid 90s and completed her teacher training with two senior teachers Marina Jung and John Leebold in 2007. She continues ongoing teacher training with Marina and studies regularly with the Iyengars in Pune and other Senior teachers in Australia and overseas. In addition to her yoga practice Erica has a Masters of Fine Arts and a Phd. She has also had extensive experience in contemplative practices and Buddhist studies. In her teaching she aims to develop precision and attentive awareness in yoga practice to quieten the mind and nurture vitality and well being. She reveres Iyengar’s guidance that a diligent performance of asana be ‘nourishing and illuminative’.