Maria is the owner of Arc Yoga. She is a North Queensland girl who grew up on a farm in a little town called Dimbulah, inland of the Atherton Tablelands.
Since graduating university as a graphic designer Maria practised as a broadcast designer for 4 years before deciding to pursue Yoga beyond her own personal practise.
Maria has been practising yoga regularly for the past 11 years although she first learnt about it a number of years before that through her father. He began his own personal practise to help with the back pain he was suffering due to years of hard work on the land as a farmer. From seeing how her dad benefited from yoga she fell in love with it and the potential for it to help people.
Six years ago Maria made the decision to undertake her teacher training with the Knoff Yoga School. She studied Level 1 Discovery, Level 2 Chair and Level 3 Foundation Yoga. Recently on a 7 month adventure around the world Maria studied GroovyKids™ Yoga in Tennessee.
Maria runs Beginner/General Level Classes, 5 Week Beginners Courses and GroovyKids™ Yoga from her Arc Yoga studio in Kirwan with her dog Greville attending most classes. Beginner/General Level Classes involve meditation (help to still the mind), pranayama (breathing techniques), asanas (yoga poses), relaxation (help de-stress), and philosophy (words of wisdom she has been inspired by).
Join Maria every Wednesday at 4:30pm at the Arc Yoga studio.
Cassie was born and raised in Townsville and with the exception of some overseas adventures has always lived here. She had a few brief encounters with yoga through her teen years and came back to it again when she began a significant weight loss journey. This time it stuck and she fell completely in love.
Yoga helped Cassie with the physical challenges of losing a large amount of weight but more importantly helped to change negative thought patterns, encouraged a positive relationship with her body and a less stressed attitude in general. Having experienced first-hand the life changing effects of yoga, Cassie is a firm believer in its healing qualities and wants to share this with as many people as possible.
Cassie was a student of Arc Yoga and other Knoff Yoga teachers before completing her teacher training with Byron Yoga Centre in 2014. Cassie is a Level 2 yoga teacher with a Certificate 4 in yoga teaching (Purna Yoga). Her classes are welcoming, calming and alignment focused. You will leave feeling relaxed and with a smile. Cassie is excited to make her classes accessible to all no matter where you are on your yoga journey.
Join Cassie bright and early every Monday & Friday at 5:45am, Saturday at 9am and Easy Yoga 6:15pm Thursdays at the Arc Yoga studio.
Lesley teaches based on the Knoff Yoga School System with a focus on alignment of the body whilst doing poses (which helps to prevent injury). While students are challenged, they are also reminded and encouraged to work to their own level and develop at their own pace.
The five general elements to our Knoff Yoga based classes include:
1. Meditation – Non-religious. Assisting in calming the mind.
2. Pranayama - Breathing exercises increasing your vitality.
3. Postures - Builds strength, flexibility and balance with your body.
4. Relaxation - Helping you to reduce your stress levels.
5. Philosophy - Uplifting thoughts to assist you throughout your life.
Join Lesley every Monday at 4:30pm and Tuesday at 6:15pm at the Arc Yoga studio.
Miranda moved from the UK last year where she has experience as a yoga therapist and meditation teacher. She is guided by a more spiritual approach to yoga rather than the physical aspect.
Miranda holds our meditation/gentle yoga at the Arc Yoga Studio. Her classes include some gentle asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and of course meditation.
Join Miranda ever Thursday and Sunday at 9am at the Arc Yoga studio.
Jade suffered years of chronic neck and shoulder pain from previous injuries and emotional trauma culminating in incapacitating spasms. After becoming aware of the limitations of conventional medicine and ongoing recommendations from friends to try yoga – particularly Knoff yoga, her journey began in early 2013. It was challenging, with both her physical limitations, and the mental obstacles of depression, anxiety and fear that accompanied the chronic pain.
She persevered, grew in every aspect of her being and is now an advocate of the transformational power of yoga on all levels. She credits her consistent practice of asana, pranayama and meditation with her ability to balance working full time, studying, renovating and planning the fun stuff. It has led her to heal in physical, emotional and spiritual aspects leading to alleviation of pain and enriched relationships and life experiences.
Jade’s journey inspired her to give back by sharing the gift of yoga. She recently completed her Level 1 Discovery and Level 3 Foundation teacher training in Cairns with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff after being taught by an Advanced Knoff Teacher for over five years and is thrilled to share the principles of Knoff Yoga and a smile with the world. She hopes students find her classes challenging yet rewarding and promote a sense of wellbeing – whatever that may be; for each individual.
Join Jade Wednesday's Beginner/General 6:15pm at the Arc Yoga studio.
Nigel's first yoga experience was a revelation. Despite a fitness and active outdoor background he had never felt so engaged and interested. 35 years later Nigel is still in wonder at the possibilities a good yoga practice can provide.
In Nigel's own words "It does not matter who you trained with, what style you teach, whether you have done enough sun salutations! You are there in the moment and nothing else matters".
Nigel's personal practice has ebbed and flowed, from style to style and from hours of seated meditation, to breath, and both soft and strong asanas (postures). After family and loved ones, it remains the best gift he has ever been given and has helped him through all the joys and difficulties of life. Nigel's Yoga experience continues to evolve. His practice continues to broaden, often in sizeable chunks when least expected.
Nigel currently teach's a mixture of single asanas (postures) and sections of vinyasa (flow). Over time a balanced approach to Yoga will seek out and find every corner, providing renewal, strength, calm and opportunity. It is Nigel's joy and he is here to share this wonderful gift.
Sandra came to yoga during a low time in her life after just having her 3rd child 10 years ago. Mainly to get out of the house, have some “me” time as well as for the exercise and increased flexibility. Sandra couldn’t even get near to touching her toes in the beginning but after that first class she was hooked. Sandra kept at it over the years and could see improvements, not only within her body but with her state of mind as well.
After being a yoga student going to classes for 6 years she was looking for something more. Sandra wanted to help people feel better with yoga like yoga had helped her. In February 2018 she completed her post graduate diploma in Yoga Therapy.
She is half way through studying for her 500hr teacher training qualifications with Viniyoga Australia. Viniyoga has its roots within the Krishnamacharya lineage but has been brought about by his son TKV Desikachar who was his yoga student for 25 years.
Viniyoga is different to most other forms of hatha yoga as it focuses on the function of the pose rather than the form and it also places a strong emphasis in breath technique within the movement of the asanas. Postures are modified to allow repetitive movement into and out of particular asanas and holding postures for extended periods of time. Using these 3 techniques, the aim is to create a desired effect from the yoga practice. There is a strong emphasis on pranayama (breathing) as well as meditation.
Sandra's yoga practice has changed a lot over the years, it has waxed and waned, it has been intense as well as needed to be gentle. She used yoga as a means to heal sporting injuries as well as to calm the fluctuations in her mind. Sandra's practice is ever changing and it will continue to do so into the future.
Jess fell in love with yoga while doing the Knoff Yoga beginners course, and since then has been a student of Knoff Yoga teachers for over seven years.
While living in Darwin, Jess missed practicing under the Knoff system, so decided to travel to Perth to complete her teacher training in 2014, and is now teaching at Arc Yoga.
Understanding the importance of self care, and taking time out for yourself, Jess believes coming to yoga allows you to leave your worries and concerns at the door - even if it is only for an hour and half each week- to focus on you. Jess encourages the yoga curious, or those who have done yoga before to attend her class, and hopes that after her class you leave feeling calm and refreshed.