Meet our highly trained and friendly teachers.
Emily Dawson, 500hr RYT, Owner
It has been my privilege to teach yoga and facilitate a studio here in Darwin for almost 6 years now.
Over the years I have completed various teacher trainings starting with my first 200YTT in Costa Rica back in 2012. Most recently I have been studying under master teacher Rod Stryker in the lineage of Tantra Hatha, which originates from Adi Shankaracharaya (8th century CE).
What I love about yoga is that it is nothing new. Yoga has been around for arguably 5000 years and is a time tested tradition for living life optimally. If we are willing to do the work, results will follow!
My classes draw inspiration from many amazing teachers and I try to include the full spectrum of yoga in each class, not just what we typically know as yoga which is asana. As I teach words from one of my teachers continues to resonate with me, ‘The quality of your life is the only meaningful measure of the quality of your practice’. It is my intention to spread the light of yoga so that we all may live more of the life we want, moving us closer to who we truly wish to become.
Katherine Hession, 500hr RYT, Manager
The attraction to yoga was realized by accident and initially I attended a weekly class to help get me through a busy week in a sometimes stressful working environment. This evolved to attending multiple classes each week with the thought and possibility of training to become a teacher. It was in 2015 that the timing was right to complete my 200 hour YTT at Desa Seni School of Yoga and following this began my teaching journey. In 2016 I completed a 50 hour training in Yin biodynamic cranio-sacral therapy with Cat Kabira and in 2017 I completed my 300 hour YTT with Zuna Yoga.
Since my training with Zuna Yoga the style of yoga I find myself teaching is described as tantric hatha vinyasa, however I teach a variety of styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Power, Hot yoga and beginner courses.
Zuna Yoga (which means ‘to thrive’) is a tantric based teaching philosophy which provides students with a recipe to live an empowered life. Through my training with Zuna Yoga and embodying these tools, it has given me a new perspective on what empowered living is all about. I enjoy the creative space teaching provides me and the challenge of using the techniques of Vinyasa Krama (meaning wise progression) to take people on a journey to the self. My teaching creates space for people to explore their individual practice, through their breath and body/mind connection.
My personal practice has deepened and incorporates a stronger focus on meditation and pranayama more than a physical asana practice. However I still love a free flowing asana practice incorporating meditation, bandha, asana and pranayama. I look forward to meeting you at Agoy Yoga Studio!
Haydn Lee, 200hr RYT
I completed my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, located in the foot hills of the Indian Himalayas. While there I was lucky enough to have a class with the founder of the school, 106 year old Swami Yogananda Maharaj Ji. This was an incredible first-hand look at the amazing benefits yoga has for the body; these benefits alone are reason enough to practice yoga. However, for me, it is yoga’s ability to clarify the mind, to soothe stress and to teach you about yourself that fuels my passion. My style of yoga is strong, fast flowing and full of creative and challenging flows.
My aim is to guide you through the practice and to encourage you to explore your capabilities and limitations, allowing yourself to shape your own individual practice in a way which pushes you to your edge, a point which requires persistence and where you find growth, whether physical or mental. I look forward to sharing my practice with you.
Ros Consoli, 500hr RYT, Ayurveda Practitioner
Studying Ayurveda with Vaidya (Dr) Vasant Lad for 2 years was a blessing and often I contemplate my good fortune or karma to have this time in this life with a teacher so great.
Now practicing Ayurveda back here in Darwin, I continue my clinical internship studies in India every few months. Yoga and Ayurveda both work on the health of the human body, mind and spirit. The profound concepts of Ayurveda deeply inform my personal yoga practice and also the classes I teach at Agoy. The class will help you find a practice of grounding, flexibility, strength and supports you to cultivate a balanced and peaceful mind.
Liz Fisher, 200hr RYT
Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” – B.K.S Iyengar. This has been my experience and continues to be. I’ve always had a deep spiritual belief and continue to practice my Christian faith but I did not know something amazing was missing. And that piece of the puzzle which was missing was how to build a relationship between my body, mind and spirit.
I was first introduced to Yoga by a gorgeous older couple whom I lived with when I first moved to Darwin. I saw how Yoga was integrated into their everyday lives. They radiated happiness and were the inspiration that started me on this path, which began with Iyengar Yoga. Like many others, the physical aspect of Yoga attracted me – to move and stretch my body in a way which created length and space within me. Over 5 years of exploring Iyengar, Hatha and Vinyasa practices, I not only observed physical changes, but spiritual, mental and emotional changes. I discovered that Yoga became a practice for me on how to REdiscover my soul – a framework on how to align myself to my true self and empower me to find my life purpose.
I’ve learnt through Yoga how essential it is to have a positive relationship with the body and mind so the spirit is allowed to fully shine through and lead. To create space, release and free ourselves from obstacles within our bodies. I strive to bring about this change in my students through all I’ve learnt in my Hatha Teacher Training with Zuna Yoga and with what I will continue to learn from my students, teachers and future teachers.
Karren Perry, 500hr RYT, Yoga Therapist
To say yoga has had a huge influence on my life is true, over time it has become a way of life. I first experienced yoga in the late 90ʼs, I enjoyed every aspect of the practice and continued to explore yoga for a number of years, eventually completing my teacher training in Hatha yoga in 2008, and began to teach soon after.
Over the years I have practiced & taught many styles of yoga including Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin & Restorative, Vinyasa, Beginners courses and Viniyoga. I enjoy teaching variety with simple sequences to suit everyone, and giving options to those students who would like to be challenged. My focus leans towards breath awareness, learning to link the breath and movement with a focused mind brings us into the present moment, this is the state called Yoga.
I have recently completed a 3 year Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy, in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. I am very excited to be able to offer students the opportunity to work with me one to one, to address any health issues or injuries they may have. My life is about healthy living and keeping it simple & real. I believe that yoga and yoga therapy will eventually become the main source of healing within our society.
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others, empowering them to take their health and well being into their own hands, with the principles and tools of yoga.
Haruka Sasaki, 350hr RYT
Haruka became interested in Chinese medicine and the concept of Yin-Yang during her youth. From there onwards her curiosity directed her towards Oriental Therapy such as Macrobiotics and Reiki. These interests eventually led Haruka into her passion which is Yoga.
A few months after she relocated from Japan to Australia, Haruka started the 200hr Yoga teacher training through the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga and then developed her interest in the deepness of Vedic philosophy and chanting practice.
As a student Haruka keeps learning Yoga through different methods such as chanting, reading, asana, breathing, meditation, praying and cooking.
As a teacher she has completed Meridian Yoga teacher training in Japan – a practice based on stimulating chi/qi flow using moxas and acupressure points. Haruka is currently completing her 350h Yoga teacher training course.
Haruka loves Yoga for the moments when her breath and movement harmonize and she can feel energy flowing throughout her body.
Hannah Heers, 200hr RYT
I couldn’t tell you when I first ‘found’ yoga – for many years I used yoga asana to help develop the strength and agility I needed for surfing or as an alternative to a traditional work-out, without realising it’s full potential power. It wasn’t until about 4 years ago that I started to develop a deeper appreciation for yoga as a wholistic practice and a way of life. I started regularly attending the classes of a good friend who had recently become a yoga teacher, as well as other classes in a local yoga studio and I developed my own home-practice. I began to notice not only my physical health improve but my mental wellness as well. I felt physically, mentally and spiritually strong, and for the first time in my life I could see my intentions manifesting in my reality.
So this is what I love about yoga. The deeper I dive into asana, pranayama, philosophy or any other aspect of yoga, the more I feel connected to my body, to my mind, to my internal universe and to the universe which surrounds me. It helps me to tune into the connectedness between all things – and to be able to ‘tune out’ when I need too. Yoga is my medicine.
Now, for me as a mum and a yoga teacher, I’m all about finding the ‘yoga’ in every day life – finding the pause between movement, holding space for myself as well as for my family and friends and creating silence & stillness within even when there’s chaos without. I still use yoga asana as my main form of physical activity, and some of my most influential teachers have had a strong focus on technique. This, combined with by background in dance, means I love to teach a strong technique-centered yet flowing sequence, balanced with a bit of philosophy, meditation or visualisation at the end of most of my classes. I look forward to seeing you on the mat soon!
Judy Lin, 200hr RYT
I completed my RYT200 in Rishikesh, India and since then have been teaching in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia. It’s always amazing to meet yogis from different backgrounds. I believe each of us is unique and special. Our condition, body constitution might not be the same – but for sure yoga brings all of us together in union. Leaving all sorts of judgement and expectation – I hope the more we practice, the lighter our bodies feel, and the more open minded we become.
The sequences of vinyasa symbolise the Samsara, never ending cycle of life. How we thrive to keep our practice going in disciplined manner is our Karma, action. This is in order to change for the better. Once we break through the Samsara – we are closer to Moksha, the freedom through enlightenment. Let’s embark on this adventure and evolution together. I am grateful to be able to teach led practice of the half and full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga method at Agoy Yoga. It’s my honour to grow with you, see you at practice!