Dana is an advanced practitioner and experienced teacher of Ashtanga yoga. She has been practicing yoga daily since 2003 and teaching since 2005 under the tutelage of Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci. She is privileged to have Graeme and Leonie Northfield as longtime mentors. She is a Registered Level 3 Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia. Dana was a teacher (from Jan 2005 to Oct 2015) and teacher trainer (from 2012 to 2015) at 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga.
Through her practice over the years Helen has developed a passionate interest in the relationship between physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. While Ashtanga yoga is progressive in the asana sequence and addition of higher limbs practices, Ashtanga yoga on and off the mat is also highly repetitive and allows the practitioner to self-examine and learn the rhythms and variances in the human body, mind and heart. Through this self-enquiry people can expect to be more resilient in their lives and be generally more content as a result.
Helen brings her interest and experiences from the Ashtanga practice to her teaching, providing support and encouraging enquiry to new and established Ashtangis alike. In particular, Helen will help you learn how to practice sustainably avoiding injury, how activities peripheral to the mat can support your asanas, and how to use your practice to improve wellbeing and contentment. Her enthusiasm for life and the practice is infectious and sure to make your time at Sage Shala rewarding.
‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’. Gandhi
John was introduced to yoga in 1996 and has had a daily practice since 2001. John completed a 3 year teacher training with Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci in 2006, and has been teaching since 2005. His strength and passion lies in teaching clear and solid foundations to beginners, and putting students at ease with the practice and themselves, giving them the gift of an enjoyable and knowledgeable first experience with yoga and inspiring them to continue and make yoga a steady part of their life. His classes are welcoming, humorous and inclusive; his students leave feeling uplifted and wanting to return.
Yoga has influenced John to be strong and focused in his life- inside and out. He is passionate about sharing the Basics, so that students have the foundation and structure to go with a safe and solid practice that does not have an end date. Movement to keep us moving.
‘Rules are made for inept people to follow and the intelligent to use as a guideline.’ Unknown
Liz first entered the realm of Ashtanga Yoga in 2004, she was a gym enthusiast and was very grateful to have found a structured ‘stretch program’ to commit to. Since 2012, the year she completed a 3 year training with Gregor Maehle & Monica Gauci, she has joyfully found herself being able to sustain an unbroken daily self-practice.
Liz is a Registered Level 2 Teacher with Yoga Australia and has had continuing studies at workshops with teachers such as Graeme Northfield, Mark Togni, Santina Giardina-Chard, Dena Kingsberg, & Tiffany Cruikshank, to name a few. She enjoys the freedom that the structure of Ashtanga Yoga brings to her life but also enjoys the playful and therapeutic benefits from styles like Vinyasa & Yin Yoga. She feels blessed to have had some experience teaching those styles in varying arenas such as gymnasiums & corporations.
‘Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love : Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone. Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together. For the pillars of the temple stand apart. And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow’. Khalil Gibran
Ramona is a dedicated practitioner and an experienced yoga teacher with a particular interest in sharing her knowledge of the relationship between myofascial integration and the yoga practice. She is a passionate, nurturing, and very caring teacher with a wonderful way of explaining and deconstructing postures to make them accessible for all bodies.
She moved to Australia in 2006 after having spent 18 years in Hong Kong. To help her stay focussed and grounded during the move which was potentially stressful, she began a yoga and meditation practice and since then it has become a part of her daily routine.
Besides the 3 year intensive training she has undergone through 8 limbs Yoga with Gregor Maehle, Ramona has attended numerous workshops in the past seven years. The one that was truly game changing was Part 1 KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Integration) with Tom Myers of Anatomy trains. She has also trained as a Pilates instructor and is currently employed in that capacity at Riseley Lifecare physio. She has attended several workshops with renowned yogis like Graeme Northfield, Tiffany Cruikshank to name a few and several Pilates courses with Karin Guntner and Muriel Moritzer from Anatomy Trains. She has completed a three part course on “yoga for depression” conducted by Amy Weintrub from Life Force Yoga – USA. She is an avid fan of Tom Myers Anatomy trains model and find the fascial lines that he has outlined in his book a very valuable diagnostic as well as prescriptive tool.
‘Change the body to change the mind.’ Tom Myers
Dominique started her yoga journey in 2010 initially as a form of physical exercise, however with time she fell in love with the clarity and sense of peace that came from the practice. In 2014 she adopted a daily practice and began to notice the benefits of the practice moving beyond the mat and into daily life.
Dominique is a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist with more than seven years experience working in corporate health and wellness, injury management and injury prevention roles. In 2015 she travelled to Rishikesh to complete her first 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training in Hatha yoga and in 2017 completed a further 200 hours of training in Ashtanga and Vinyasa. She has completed the Sage Mentoring Program. Dominique’s class are filled with vibrancy and enthusiasm, she is deeply empathetic and intuitive and connects well with how to best serve her students. Her technical knowledge and alignment cues are beautifully communicated and those who come to her classes are assured to leave feeling nourished and enlivened.
‘‘Yoga really is for everyone. It’s a way to strengthen and nourish our mind, body and soul. An opportunity to strip back the layers and connect back with our true self. Even if you just come for the physical benefits, with time yoga has a way of sneaking into other areas of your life and improving your overall outlook and quality of life.’’
‘Get out of your head and into your heart. Think less. Feel more.’ Osho
Jess has had a dedicated daily ashtangapractise since 2015, before that she practised yoga on and off for 5 years doing mainly Vinyasa flow classes. She has completed the Sage Mentoring Program and a 200 hour teacher training course through Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci in 2016.Jess is a wonderful ashtanga beginners teacher. Making people new to the practice feel welcome and comfortable and wanting to return. Her technical knowledge and ability to pass on information simply and concisely is a great introduction to the ashtanga system and sets students up with a solid foundation on which their journey can steadily continue. She brings a gentle and kind energy to the yoga room and teaches from a place of deep compassion and understanding.
“The most important thing for me is that students feel safe, supported and free of judgement – all while having fun because Ashtanga is fun! Yoga is my passion and to now have the opportunity to share it with others is a true blessing.”
‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’. Maya Angelou
Sage Yoga teaches Ashtanga Yoga in a way that embraces each individual’s journey. We endeavour to suit the practice to the student, not insisting that the student suit the practice, whilst still respecting the framework of the classical Ashtanga System.
Sage Yoga has been created to assist each student’s unique journey, to offer support, community, guidance and share the knowledge that has been passed down from teacher, to teacher, to teacher, right back to the original Source.