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A friend introduced me to Acharya’s Yoga and Meditation Centre in 1992.
Within 6 months of attending Acharya’s classes, I became a student teacher and completed my training with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA) in 1995.
I continued to instruct at the Yoga Centre up until 2004 and recently returned in 2011.
I first learned yoga with Acharya at the University of New South Wales, Kensington, in 1993, where I was then studying. I quickly made the transition from campus to the city, to practice at Acharya’s yoga studio. The yoga practice felt like “home” to my mind and body and has been a central way of life ever since.
I trained as a yoga teacher under Acharya’s direction in 2002 and, at his request, taught classes for him. I then gave up teaching as the demands of legal practice and, later, motherhood, took over.
I am passionate about yoga and all that it makes possible and I am excited to finally return to teaching to share this passion with others. Yoga is, in my experience, the ultimate portal to good health, balance and creative possibilities.
The practice develops a whole new relationship with the body, breath and mind. Through this, it becomes possible to let go of mental attitudes that no longer serve and to embrace all endeavours with greater clarity and creativity. I continue to balance professional life and motherhood with my teaching and yoga practice, which remains the foundation on which I draw strength in all areas of life.
I started gymnastics in the 80’s when I was six years old before spending ten years as a circus performer. As I’ve also always had a strong spiritual side, it is no surprise to me that I gravitated towards Yoga. After nine years of practicing Yoga, I decided to further my education by undertaking the Purna Yoga Teacher Training at the Byron Yoga Centre. ‘Purna’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Full’ or ‘Complete.’ What interests me is the commonality that Yoga traditions share. That is, recognition of the multi-dimensional aspects of the human being, in which body; mind and breath are seen as union of these aspects. This includes the practice of Asanas. I am interested in the interwoven relationship and the affect the body; mind and spirit have on each other. By calming the mind, we can release tension in the body. By releasing negative mental blocks such as fear, we allow ourselves to move into a space of love and trust. This in turn influences what occurs around us on the physical level. That is the philosophy I follow! When instructing, my attention is on alignment, breath, and focus.
Sujata was born and educated in India with a strong foundation in ancient yoga texts, especially the Bhagavad Gita. The essence of the Bhagavad Gita is to connect with our true inner Self. For her, yoga is a way of life and she is passionate about sharing this with her students.
She joined yoga classes with Acharya in 2001 and after diligent practice, was personally invited by Acharya to commence teacher training in 2002. She has been teaching classical Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga to both beginners and advanced students for over 11 years. This involves the 84 classical asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), kriyas, meditation, chanting and yoga philosophy. She has also taught at The Theosophical Society, a not-for-profit organisation since 2003.
Sujata has contributed to the book – ‘Teachings on Hatha & Raja Yoga, Acharya Upendra Roy’.
“Through yoga, you will find strength, flexibility and confidence. Not only in your body, but also your mind” – Sarah Hyland
Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner Sarah Hyland has made this her philosophy for the past 15 years.
Sarah began studying yoga in the late 1990s, and was advised to go as close to the original source of a yoga discipline as possible.
In Sydney, the most authentic authority on Hatha yoga was Acharya Upendra Roy, and Sarah began studying with him in 1998.
Three years later she started teaching Hatha yoga under Acharya’s supervision, and completed her teacher training in 2006.
Since then, Sarah has travelled the world and studied with many different teachers and styles in India, the United States and Australia. But she always returns to the wisdom she gained from Acharya’s teachings, as a well-rounded daily practice of Hatha yoga.
Sarah believes the regular practice of Hatha yoga has given her more confidence in her body; and a deeper calmness from the combination of relaxation, deep breathing, postures and meditation, to help face life’s daily challenges.
Sarah brings to this class not only her knowledge of physical wellbeing, but a passionate belief in the healing powers of yoga for the body, mind and spirit.
Sharing this gift of yoga, and helping others find calmness in their own lives, is Sarah.
Becky began a serious practice 4 years ago and graduated from the Yoga London training in March 2015. She is certified with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science with an emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology from the National University of Ireland. It was during her studies that she began her yoga journey with a practice in various disciplines, among them hot yoga, Bikram, Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga.
After completing her YTT in London, she taught Yoga there until she moved to Bali in September to do further training. She is passionate about Yoga and the benefits each person can gain from practicing and works to bring the study of Yoga off the mat and into the practice of Life