John Soper

John tried Yoga initially while working in Information Technology to combat stress and for relaxation. He didn’t look back … eight years later he commenced teacher training and then teaching. He has practiced Iyengar Yoga for 16 years and has been teaching for 7 years.

John undertook teacher training in Melbourne at Clifton Hill Yoga Studio with Marina Jung. He has attended many workshops and conventions with senior teachers and has studied in India on four occasions between 2012 and 2016: at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (twice) at the Yog-Ganga Centre for Yoga Studies in Dehradun and at the Patanjala Yoga Kendra in Rishikesh . He also attended a course conducted by BKS Iyengar in Guangzhou, China in 2011 as part of the inaugural China-India Yoga Summit. John is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (upgraded to Junior Intermediate 1 level in 2018).

Kundali Das

Kundali (Kundi) began a committed Iyengar Yoga practice in 2001, and has committed over seventeen years to the art of yoga. Kundali undertook a mentorship with Senior Iyengar teacher Mark Gibson in Melbourne in 2013, becoming certified to teach in 2016. She has also studied with Manouso Manos in the United States, and twice with the Iyengar family in Pune, India.

Kundali’s academic and vocational background is in journalism, anthropology and the visual arts. She seeks to convey the extraordinary depth of traditional yoga practices and philosophy in contemporary, relatable language, so that each person feels welcome to learn yoga in a safe and inclusive environment.

Kundali’s classes prioritise strength, stamina and receptivity of body and mind, and equip students with an invaluable method for responding to life’s challenges with tenacity and ease.

Ruby Bull-Watkins

Ruby grew up in a yoga family and began more serious practice in the Iyengar method on her first trip to India in 2008.  She commenced teacher training in Melbourne with Marina Jung in 2012, becoming  a certified teacher in 2016.  Whilst training she studied with the Iyengar family at their Institute in India, returning every second year.

Ruby took up regular practice because she found stability and stillness through yoga despite living and travelling nomadically through a number of countries.  She came to realise that one is forever a student of yoga, and learned many things about herself through her studies.  In particular she developed a strong interest in women’s health and yoga – with a great appreciation for the contribution of  Geeta Iyengar to yoga for women.

Ruby is an International Development graduate and student of the Hindi language and has worked in the not-for-profit sector with asylum seekers and environmental causes.  She has a strong interest in community building, especially focusing on empowerment and holistic living.  Her passions include West African dance, yoga, cooking, Middle Eastern food, organics, sustainable living, permaculture, writing, arts and cultural studies.  She takes great joy and inspiration from travel and learning from other cultures, particularly their community values, art and cuisine.

Aurora Darby

Aurora was introduced to yoga in 2010 during VCE. In 2014, she committed to an Iyengar practice at the Clifton Hill Yoga Studio. She is currently completing Iyengar Yoga teacher training under senior teacher Marina Jung following a 2 year training course. She attended the 2017 Iyengar Yoga National Convention as well as many wonderful workshops led by visiting senior teachers.

Alongside her yoga practice, Aurora is a musician, performer and teacher. Having studied a Bachelor of Music Performance, she pursues Contemporary Jazz and World Folk music. She draws many parallels between her practice of yoga and the practice and presentation of music. Aurora has found the Iyengar method to be an invaluable resource for rehabilitating injuries, and for offering a woman’s specific practice for which she is grateful for Geeta Iyengar’s pioneering work.

Aurora also has a love for rock-climbing, and has complimented her yoga training with studies in Ayurvedic medicine.

Iyengar Yoga certification takes a minimum of five years study and practice