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 as co-directors of the centre, with Fleur Dow, Geraldine Morey and Madeline Ford joining in 2018. An underlying philosophy of Yarraville Yoga Centre (YYC) is to provide an ethical workplace that supports its teachers to fully immerse themselves in the culture of study, practice, and ongoing teacher development.
All YYC Iyengar yoga teachers 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, with some of our teachers also studying in Pune, India, with the Iyengar family.
Peter Harley has been an engineer, conservationist and school teacher. He came to Iyengar Yoga in 1988. Curious and with chronic sports injuries he soon found yoga offered physical relief and had a positive effect on his disposition and sense of well being. As his practice strengthened Peter undertook teacher training with Frank Jesse and taught at Clifton Hill Yoga Studio for some years before opening YYC with others in 2002. He has studied with many senior Iyengar teachers including in Pune with the Iyengars. In 2001 Peter launched the online yoga equipment and book site iYogaprops. Initially selling props of his own design it has since broadened to be one of Australia’s larger yoga gear suppliers. Peter divides his work life between iYogaprops and YYC. He believes that yoga is one of the few bright lights in this troubled world and that it offers the promise of deep personal and cultural transformation. That such a change will be needed if we are to survive the challenges of climate change, greed and the mindless exploitation of our planet.
George King experienced her first yoga class in 1989 with Lulu Bull in the Blue Mountains of NSW. She had the good fortune to be introduced from the very beginning to the Iyengar Yoga method and has worked solely under the tutelage of Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers both in Australia and Internationally since that time. In 2001 George commenced her teacher training and began teaching in an apprentice capacity from 2002. In 2011 George joined Yarraville Yoga Centre as a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher where she is now co – director.
‘ In the beginning, I came to Yoga as it afforded a significant reprieve from chronic anxiety I was suffering from at the time. Over the years, and decades, working with a considerable amount of internal resistance, the practice has built me up from within, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Although the benefits of Yoga can be markedly felt from the very first practice, it is this long term, slow burn – building brick by brick, that becomes increasingly apparent in its depth of beauty and value.’
‘Teaching brings me great joy. A path of constant learning in how to best support my students in connecting to and comprehending themselves through this magnificent artform that is Iyengar Yoga. One of the greatest joys is witnessing students move beyond the self-imposed limitations that is a natural habit of mind and body. Whether it be to strengthen, to stand on their own two feet (physically, mentally and emotionally), or soften their heart – all of this is possible in the practice of Yoga. The practice of integrating ourselves takes courage, however if you can rise to the challenge, the gifts are great.’
Geraldine Morey began yoga practice in 1989, the same year she began nursing in ICU and she finds the discipline and quietude it brings vital to her health and well being. She completed her teacher training with Marina Jung in 2010 and has since visited RIMYI in Pune four times, studying with Geeta, Prasant and B.K.S. Iyengar. Living west side since 2011, she enjoys teaching in the local community. Other interests include baking, dance, music, cinema and travel.
Madeline Ford was a student at Yarraville Yoga Centre before commencing teacher training in Iyengar Yoga in 2014 with Alan Goode. She gained her certification in 2017. She has taught English as an Additional Language to adults for over 20 years, has lived in the west most of her life, loves learning and loves the outdoors. She believes that yoga can do so much more than keep us well; it can support us through all stages of life. And like life, it is far too important a thing ever to talk (too) seriously about. (apologies to Oscar Wilde).
Kundali Das (Kundi) began a committed Iyengar yoga practice in 2001, as a high school graduate and recent emigrant to Melbourne from Western Australia. Kundali has twice studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and became certified to teach Iyengar Yoga in 2016, under the tutelage of Senior Iyengar teacher, Mark Gibson. Kundali’s classes seek to equip students with a clear and comprehensive method utilising the body to slow the mind, direct the intent and create the internal space necessary for navigating life with ease.
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.