Our Teachers

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 13 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.

 

Nine 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. Maria has recently studied Level 7 Intermediate Yoga at the Knoff Yoga School. Seven Years ago she also studied GroovyKids™ Yoga in America.

 

Join Maria and her dog Greville every Wednesday 9:30am and 4:00pm at the Arc Yoga studio.

 

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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. In her 20's she fell completely in love with it.

 

Yoga helped Cassie 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 and her doggies Monday & Friday at 5:45am and Saturday at 9:00am at the Arc Yoga studio.

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Lesley lived in Manchester, England until she was 13. Moved with her parents to Brisbane where she went to high school. Lesley studied maths and physics at University and became a teacher working in Home Hill then Ayr, eventually working for 20 years as a Deputy Principal. 

 

Lesley came across yoga while having some lower back discomfort and found a book in the library called "Yoga for backs". She discovered a yoga class in Ayr and loved it straight away,  practising yoga ever since. 

 

Loving how with Yoga there is always more to learn. Lesley feels even as the years start to catch up, it is still possible to be challenged and strengthened by yoga, physically and mentally.

 

Lesley is a Level 3 (Foundation) Knoff Yoga Teacher & Chair Yoga Teacher for past 9 years.
Teaching 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.

Join Lesley every Monday at 4:00pm and Tuesday at 5:45pm at the Arc Yoga studio.

 

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Miranda was a registered nurse qualifying in 1982. For the last 20 years of her nursing career she specialised in care of the elderly and end of life care. 

 

Miranda started practising yoga to relieve some of her personal stress due to her nursing role. In 2005 she started training as a yoga therapist and then completed a diploma in meditation. 

 

On retirement Miranda emigrated to Australia and met Maria who invited her to teach at Arc yoga. Miranda has also taught chair yoga using her knowledge of dementia and the unique abilities of students with cognitive impairment in care homes in Townsville.

 

Miranda enjoys teaching yoga and introducing students to the rich culture that is yoga. 

Miranda holds our meditation/restorative yoga at the Arc Yoga Studio. Her classes include some gentle asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and of course meditation.

Join Miranda ever Sunday at 9am at the Arc Yoga studio.

 

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Jade is originally from the USA, of Monacan heritage (Native American). She moved to Australia at the start of primary school and has called Townsville home since high school - apart from a year living back in the USA.

 

After years of suffering chronic neck and shoulder pain from previous injuries and emotional trauma culminating in incapacitating spasms, depression, anxiety and fear; Jade discovered yoga in 2013.

 

Studying under an advanced Knoff teacher, she credits her consistent practice of asana, pranayama and meditation with her ability to heal in physical, emotional and spiritual aspects leading to alleviation of pain, enriched relationships and life experiences. She is an advocate of the transformational power of yoga on all levels.

 

Jade’s journey inspired her to give back by sharing the gift of yoga. She completed her Knoff Yoga teacher training Level 1 Discovery in 2015, continuing to Level 3 Foundation and Level 7 Intermediate with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff. She has also completed Yin Yoga training with Higher States of Yoga, Masterclasses with The Yin Space and ongoing mentoring.

 

Her classes are a balanced with a focus on understanding alignment and the pillars of practice. She hopes students find her classes challenging yet rewarding, a safe space, where there is always a chance to laugh, 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.

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