Kate has been exploring the art of Yoga in all seriousness since a journey to India in 1989.
She has studied the art of physical alignment through many years of rigorous Iyengar training, as well as completing Sivananda Yoga and Kundalini teacher with Joy Spencer, contemporary teacher training studies with Donna Farhi and Siddha Yoga studies in the philosophies of Kashmir Shiviasm. She began teaching Yoga in 1998 and it became her full time occupation in 2000. Kate has offered Yoga Teacher Training courses since 2006 due to the insistence of her students.
She has a passionate interest in the body/ heart / mind connections and as such trained to become a Shiatsu therapist in 1991/2.
Kate’s first classes began in the northern suburbs of Melbourne before moving to Brisbane where she opened three studios; having a busy life teaching and training teachers. Kate also began hosting teachers from around the world, including Neeta Datta, Allan Goode, Clive Sheridan, Donna Farhi, Simon Borg-Olivier, Pixie Lilas, Shandor Remete and her two main Iyengar yoga teachers Sue and Peter Scott.
Kate is a passionate Vipassana meditation practitioner and will be embarking on honing her skills as a meditation teacher by offering specific classes for meditation at the Bowral Yoga studio.
Kate opened the Bowral Yoga Studio in June 2012 and has built the studio into a great place for everyone to come and practice Yoga with love and contentment.
She is presently embarking on a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney and hopes to incorporate these skills into her teaching.
Amnys is a qualified level 1 YA registered yoga teacher. She has been practising The Five Tibetans Yoga for nearly ten years and from there she developed a taste for experiencing other forms yoga. Over the last five years she has trained with teachers of Iyengar, Satyanada and Hatha yoga. In 2013 Amnys gained her qualifications as a Certified Yoga Teacher with Kate Pell at the Bowral Yoga Studio. Amnys is also a massage therapist with over ten years’ experience. She has studied Eastern philosophy, Qi Gong, Tibetan Medicine, Taoist abdominal Massage and ancient healing knowledge; she brings this wisdom into her teaching. Amnys loves working with people, watching them grow and bringing joy to each experience. You can see from her smile that teaching and learning yoga is pure Joy for Amnys!
Yoga has been a major part of Chris’s life for the past 40 years. She commenced teaching in the Southern Highlands in 1998 and has been holding classes in Moss Vale and Bowral every since.
Over the years she has continued to enhance her knowledge of yoga and is at present finishing a Certificate Course in Yoga Therapy which will enable her to work individually with clients using the techniques and philosophy of yoga to encourage healing and a return to wholeness. Chris teaches a Hatha style of yoga incorporating guided relaxation, pranayama and asanas to gently open and strengthen the physical body while helping to bring about a sense of calm and balance to the mental and emotional body.
Chris teaches a General class at Bowral Yoga Studio on Thursday evenings at 5.45p.m.
Dominique has been studying and practicing yoga for over 23 years, teaching for 14 years. She has explored many facets in the field of yoga, trained in Iyengar [certified], Dru and lastly Anusara. she is drawing from all her experiences to bring a style which is precise and comprehensive with an endearing sense of humour. She encourages people to move in a way which is safe, intelligent and meaningful. The principals of alignment which she uses will allow you to understand and experience within your own body how to support yourself with ease and strength as you go into each posture in a way that allows you to push your own boundaries at your own pace. This way of practicing brings you back to yourself, physically, emotionally and mentally and therefore creates a more integrated way to be in the world. It has taught her how to be in life in a way which is more real, has brought her an inner peace and an ability to be present easily, that she profoundly enjoys sharing with others. Her desire is to help people remember where their true power is, so that they can live a more integrated and meaningful life.
She offers you the support of her experience to let your individual grace express itself. Her style is casual, down to earth and has everybody feeling comfortable.
Therese Cullen knows that each of us has the strength to connect with our mind and spirit through the body and as a busy mother of four, she knows this isn’t always easy. For Therese, yoga is about finding a small moment of space in your day to reconnect to self.
Therese has practiced yoga all her adult life and has recently qualified as a yoga teacher, completing her training under Kate Pell. She brings enthusiasm and a wealth of experience in positive living to our team, with a background in Food and Nutrition.
When asked about her passion for yoga, Therese said, “I love connecting to the energy of nature and have always had an interest in health and well being.” Therese wants to help you find a sacred time in your daily routine for body/mind balance. She knows it will help you find the equilibrium in your busy life to keep smiling.
Deborah was introduced to Hatha yoga in 1982. She later explored Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga, following an inspiring visit to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at Mysore in 1995. She had taken earlier meditation instruction at the ten-day retreat at the Vipassana Centre Blackheath and locally, Buddhist meditation centres at Bundanoon and Berkley.
She says she has probably learnt the most however, in developing the discipline of a consistent home practice. Deborah loves the idea that Yoga is really take-away. “With a mat in your bag or over your shoulder you can go anywhere in the world and, as long as you can find a mat-sized space, you can stretch out travel-tired muscles, meditate or practice Pranayama to help you sleep soundly, do rounds of Surya Namaskar in the morning to invigorate you, or practice a Yoga Nidra during the heat of the day.”
Deborah completed Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training with Kate Pell at Bowral Yoga studio in 2013. Of this experience she says, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’. “It took me a lot longer than most, but I am glad I waited. Kate continues to be a shining light of inspiration to me, I am ever grateful to her and very blessed to be able to teach at her studio.” Deborah also teaches at the Namaste Yoga studio in Moss Vale and continues her learning journey, currently undertaking the Yoga Synergy Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga.