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.
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.
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.
Nadine Warbrick, 500hr RYT
Nadine started yoga in 2007 with her Grand dad Terry at the most perfect time of her life; she was finishing two degrees at university and had burnt out – this week long Ayurveda, Hatha and Meditation course came during exams which allowed her to pass without any stress. After understanding the benefits of an holistic approach to yoga, Nadine’s yoga adventure has gone in many directions. Nadine has been addicted to various yoga styles since, and went on to do her first Yoga course in USA (hatha) in 2013, then India (kriya), Australia (power vinyasa and yin) and Bali (hatha/embodied flow). She has gone on to train yoga teachers in different yoga teacher trainings, particularly in Power Vinyasa.
Nadine loves all styles of movement and is passionate about using the power of the breath. You can expect every class to leave you feeling balanced internally and physically. She ensures everyone feels they can come as they are, and loves to share the passion of connecting with your ’self’.
Samantha Higgins 200hr RYT
6 years ago, I was living an unbalanced work/lifestyle in Melbourne. It was at this time that I stumbled upon the ancient practice of yoga.
After that first class I was hooked, like so many others are. With every class my practice became stronger, my philosophy deeper and my curiosity grew.
My yoga journey deepened after a recommendation from my teacher to visit her Guru in Mysore India. I travelled to India to complete my 250 hour teacher training course. My shala provided a very rigorous traditional training based around Indian philosophy, Pranayama, Chanting, Kriyas and 3 hours of Mysore style led practice each day. Since returning from India I have been inspired to share what I have learnt under the tutelage of Guru Bharath Shetty. I continue my 90 minute yoga practice 6 days a week and it keeps me centred and balanced.
It is my mission share the practice of yoga, as I know what an amazing effect it has had on my life and will on yours too.
Verity Coonan, 500hr RYT
From practise to purpose. Verity’s yoga journey started as a stretch to accommodate gym training, little did she know it was the beginning of a true sense of purpose.
‘For me I must love what I do each day, running retreats and seeing the transformations – yoga is huge part of this. Teaching for over 6 years with a balance of Yang and Yin style practice to ensure the body and mind are both flexible and strong.
Yoga is much more than exercise or a way to calm the mind. It is a way of life. Building awareness, trusting and being able to reach inside for happiness allows us to respond, not react. It allows us to breathe. My dream is to make yoga accessible for everyone to include yoga in their life, to share my knowledge and wisdom to help everyBODY create a life they love. I believe yoga has the ability and power to heal and transform. Understanding your body and its capabilities builds power, flexibility and confidence in oneself, proving individual identity and a way to move forward. It builds purpose.’
Verity completed her 200 and then 300 Hours immersed on the island of Bali with Mathieu Boldron, a mixture of Vinyasa, Power, Hatha & Yin. This changed the way to look at the body, to change your perspective. Embodying all aspects to create a balanced practise.
Lisa Davidsson, 200hr RYT
I have a background in gymnastics and have always loved all types of movement training. I started my yoga practice 4 years ago after travelling Asia and Australia for a couple of years, resulting in moving permanently to Australia. First yoga to me was only as an alternative to a traditional workout and to get some flexibility back. I soon realised that Yoga is soo much more than just the practice of asana or a way of becoming flexible, it’s a practice that builds a connection between the body and the mind that brings you back to the present moment.
I love how yoga lets me pause my sometimes busy life and help me to focus my attention inwards. How movement in combination with the breath brings me to the present moment. How yoga isn’t about going somewhere but about being here.
I finished my 200 YTT last year (2019) here in Darwin. I had the privilege to be trained by Julie Smerdon who is normally based in Brisbane. My own practice is very alignment based and I am passionate to share my knowledge and practice with others, to give you the tools to help you not only on your yoga mat but also off your mat.