YOUR TRADITIONAL LOCAL PADDINGTON YOGA SCHOOL
M A R C W I T T E N B E R G has been trained by Duncan Peak of Power Living Yoga (200h) and is enjoying the ongoing teachings and mentorship of Eileen Hall (Ashtanga Yoga Moves Sydney). His energetic and demanding classes are result driven but also an experience with lots of fun and joy. Marc 's most transforming experiences have come from Buddhist Vipassana Meditation and the strong and challenging Ashtanga Yoga Lineage.
C A T A R I N A S A R T O R discovered Yoga 12 year ago in her home town in Brazil. She recognises how lucky she was to be introduced firstly to the mystical aspects of Yoga, like chanting and devotion.... as well as the power of the physical practice. She completed her 500 hours Yoga teacher training in Byron Bay in 2008. It was through this training in Byron Bay that she met her beloved mentor and dearest friend Clive Sheridan. And indeed his teachings woke her up for living a blissful existence.
In 2009 she fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga. Since then she has been incredibly fortunate to have been learning and teaching Ashtanga yoga for 5 years through PARAMPARA with her teacher and great friend Eileen Hall. PARAMPARA is knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. It is a Sanskrit word that denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form; knowledge based on direct and practical experience. Finally in 2012 she made her first trip to India and has been returning to the city of Mysore to learn and practice Ashtanga many times. Her teacher there is R. Sharath Jois, practitioner and lineage holder (paramaguru) of Ashtanga Yoga, in the tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois.
M A R K A S H M O R E Beginning the journey with a gym Body Balance class with his mum in the '90s, Mark's practice has ebbed and flowed into a way of 'being' since then. From trainings in Sydney (Samadhi and Sukha Mukha 200hr), to ashrams in India (Sivananda Trivandrum and Osho Pune), to intensive retreats with a much loved guru Clive Sheridan: the adventure toward consciousness has been transforming.
Mark weaves astrology into his teachings. Mindfulness, acceptance, kindness, joy and the art of 'sitting with' are what he wishes to bring to his practice he shares.
S H A N N O N C L A R K began doing yoga in high school and has been practising yoga in many of its wonderful ways for over twenty years. She studied Iyengar Yoga for three years when she lived in Japan. It was these foundation years that have underpinned her approach to teaching. She practised Mysore style Ashtanga yoga for several years in Maroubra, and she did her 300 hour teacher training with the International Yoga teachers Association. She has studied pranayama and meditation with David Burgess and loves to bring these skills into her classes. Shannon spends most of her time surfing or near the water and has a strong background in personal training and fitness. She focuses on developing strength and alignment in her classes and is always ready with a few surprises, a lot of laughs, and the occasional lame joke. Her favourite part of teaching is watching her students’ progress, and she works with her students to help them find space, ease and power in their own practice
E R I K O W A T A N A B E started her yoga journey in 2006 as a form of exercise with not much of athletic background. Slowly but surely feeling the benefit beyond the body of strength and flexibility as she cultivated the love of movements, she had her first yoga injury (and hopefully the last!) from long term intensive practice with lack of awareness. Curiosity grew to develop more knowledge and awareness led her to teacher training in 2004 with Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss who are both intelligent yogis and qualified physiotherapists. Since then, adding another layer to the yoga journey and practice, she believes that more she teaches, more knowledge and awareness she cultivates, more she can share and serve others with compassion and kindness. Eriko has recently completed her 100 hours yin teacher training with Mel McLaughlin and feeling the benefit of the slow, soft, yin and inside practice which ultimately brings balance to majority of people who has busy lifestyle.
C H A R L O T T E H E Y W O O D is a 500Hr Registered Yoga Teacher, Tantric Practitioner, Masseuse and Theta Healer.
She first discovered yoga at nineteen years of age practicing at studios on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where she grew up. Inspired by the spiritual path, by twenty-four she had completed her Theta Healing Practitioner and 200Hr Akhanda Hatha Yoga Teacher training whilst living in Byron Bay.
A year later, she embarked upon a life-changing, six-month solo mission to India, where she was challenged to surrender all expectations as she explored the endlessly stimulating and ever colourful birthplace of Yoga. During her time in Rishikesh, she completed her Advanced 300Hr Teacher training, under the tutelage of internationally renowned Yogrishi Vishvketu.
As her spiritual practice developed, so too did her passion for living a life of vitality and wellness. With this grew a desire to learn more about the human body, especially in the realms of sensuality, energetic exchanges and the healing powers of touch, so she naturally progressed into the study and practice of Tantric Massage, becoming a qualified Tantric Practitioner and Masseuse.
Having seen firsthand the profoundly positive impacts each of these modalities have had on not only the lives of her students and clients, but also on herself, she passionately provides sessions in each, and in combination, to bring healing, clarity, focus, self-empowerment, love and euphoria to life.