MEET NAT - Founder
As an ocean dweller, nature lover and adventure seeker Nat lives with a simple philosophy - movement is medicine.
Captured by both the physical and physiological elements of yoga, along with the enriching philosophies, she is dedicated to sharing the medicine of this practice one breath at a time.
With a daily Mysore practice and a background rich in the Ashtanga system, Nat is passionate about sharing and facilitating the boundless wonders of a Mysore style self practice.
She can also be found to unleash a powerful Vinyasa in her signature 'Empower Flow'. Set to the backdrop of invigorating breathe and uplifting tunes, Nat loves witnessing a class raise the collective energy and dive deep into the balance between strength and grace.
Nat is a big believer in moving beyond the physical. She sees yoga as not only a form of physical movement, but as an entire system, intelligently designed to help us move more freely through life, both in body and mind. And what excites Nat most is sharing this intelligence. Enriching all who cross her path with the boundless wisdom that yoga has to offer.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned yogi, Nat welcomes and encourages you to come and move. To come and discover the medicine for yourself.
As an artist, a woman, a business owner and a lover to her partner, family and friends she is committed to using all that she has learned from yoga to live to her fullest human potential.
Having spent the last decade deep in yoga practice, study and tradition, some of her education includes:
· Eastern Philosophy 2004- 2006 Vedanta, Literacy, India
· Yogic Studies 2006-2007 Satyananada, Mangrove Retreat
· Yogis Studies 2008 Satyananda, New Zealand retreat centre
· Ashtanga Yoga/Mysore - Samudra 2012 -2015 , Teachers Mike Hannum, Peter Bertero and Merja Valkonen-Hernandez).
· Workshops and Intensives (between 2011 to 2016) with leading international teachers Mark Robberds, Sarah powers, Donna Farhi, David Swensen, Simon borg olivier , And Dena Kingsberg
Feeling more alert, steady and attune than ever, she believes she is here to share and teach others all that she has discovered. To nurture our human nature. To help others unfold and to smile at life’s blow outs. To make the day count for something soulful and nourishing.
Have you ever taken a first sip of water only to realize how intensely thirsty you actually are? Finding yoga was like that for Fran, a sense of homecoming, of arrival, when she did not even know she had been away.
At first Fran did not question how Yoga worked, and she was happy to just to take on board this new sense of contentment, being less erratic, more focused, stronger in her Bodymind, and lighter in her sometimes heavy heart.
Fran has now had a consistent practice for more than ten years, with the honour and pleasure of teaching yoga for over seven years. Coming from a clinical profession, yoga and teaching started as a part time endeavour, but now is her full time passion. Fran's practice started in Brisbane, leading her to teacher trainings in the US and Mexico.
Fran's yoga practice has evolved and grown differently with ever changing needs, and teaching has become part of her Yogic pathway.
Sharing this gift of breath, body and movement union, igniting the fire in others to pursue their own self discovery, teaching is a reminder of being a perpetual student!
Meet CHRISTINE (A.K.A KRAUT!)
Christine is our resident German - affectionately known as Kraut. Her earliest memories are of ballet and movement, dedicating most of her life to the art form.
A change of tack following high school lead Kraut to another passion - travel. Without apprehension, Christine packed her bag and headed off, only to meet her Aussie man on the beaches of South Africa.
They moved to Australia in 2012 and Yoga moved into her life - filling the huge hole left from ballet’s daily practise.
“This should be easy for me!”, thought her competitive self!
As it turns out, Yoga was quite a challenge! Sitting still, focusing in, removing competition and combining mindful movement with steady breath was confronting. But Kraut loves a challenge! And she was hooked.
Christine introduced her partner to Yoga and together they travelled to India to discover its essence. Rishikesh taught her more about life, love, fire and space than she could ever have hoped. Her physical practice grew deep and yoga philosophy took hold.
Since then, Christine has taught in India, Germany and Australia. She holds a strong affinity for the authentic Hatha balance of movement and breath. Yoga for her was born out of self development and her number one passion is enriching the lives of those she shares this with.