Teaching Team

Highly trained, experienced yoga teachers are critical to the success of our work. The teachers' ability to inspire change and improve the quality of life of the individuals we work with through the tools of yoga is at the heart of the service we provide to the vulnerable communities we serve.

We select teachers with highest levels of competence in their area of specialisation (ie senior yoga, adolescents,). Teachers working on our programs where mental illness or severe symptoms of anxiety and depression and/or trauma are present must also meet our criteria. This includes 500+ hours of training and teaching; Level 2 membership of Yoga Australia; Mental Health First Aid certificate and experience working in a therapeutic way with people experiencing mental health challenges or disadvantaged communities.

We work with a core group of about 20 teachers, all of whom bring a very high level of experience and teaching of the highest calibre: it is our point of difference and crucial in delivering sustainable outcomes.

To find out more about about teachers, programs or to teach for us please contact jessica@theyogafoundation and complete the expression of interest in teaching form here

 
 
 
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Lindsey Bailie

Lindsey Bailie is a Level 1 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia and training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Lindsey has more than 700 hours of training including Yoga Therapy Diploma Level 1. She has a passion for making yoga accessible to everyone, especially those who think yoga is not for them.

 
 
 
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Samantha Bijok

Sam is a Senior Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Australia with over 1000 hours of training and teaching experience. She began practising yoga in 1999, studied her Advanced Diploma in Yoga teaching in 2004/2005 and became a qualified Yoga Therapist in 2014.

 
 
 
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Jules Brooker

Jules (pictured here with student beneficiary Wendy) is a Wellbeing Coach and Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. She has practiced yoga for 30 years. Her other passion is creativity and she has worked for three decades as an Art Director and designer. Jules has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from Melbourne University.

 
 
 
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Christine Davie

Christine has over 40 years experience; is a trained Alexander Technique teacher, is a Scaravelli inspired teacher (200 hrs), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher (Level 1) and obtained a Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training (1500 hrs).

She completed the Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) certification, ensuring her classes are inclusive and accessible to all. Affiliated with Yoga Australia, Christine holds a BA, MA, Dip Ed Studies, and Dip SYT.

 
 
 
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Fotini Deme

Fotini has 500+ hours of training with a specialisation in teaching kids yoga. She has an Associate Diploma in Child Studies. She is passionate about teaching people with no access to yoga and supporting those in hardship through yoga.

She regularly teaches people experiencing long term and persistent mental illness.

 
 
 
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Louise Eddy

Louise has a knowledge and experience of yoga based on 20+years of practice. Louise is a Senior Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Australia and has completed Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training.

She began her teaching career in 2001 and since then has taught a wide range of groups including forensic patients, psychiatric patients and people with long term and persistent mental illness.

 
 
 
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Daniela Laucht

Daniela is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher, iRest Level 1 Teacher, has further specialised training in teaching children. She also holds a Master's Degree in Education.

Neurological disorders, stress management, mental health and the therapeutic application and integration of yoga are her major passions and she has broad experience that includes working with teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, people managing the effects of Scoliosis and people with mental health challenges.

 
 
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Lesley-Ann Marincowitz

Lesley-Ann holds a BA Psychology and English, a Post Grad Dip Education, and a Post Grad Dip Conflict Resolution, She also holds a Shiatsu Diploma, is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a Graduate Diploma of Yoga Therapy. She is a Yoga Australia Member.

Yoga has been an integral part of Lesley-Ann’s life for over 18 years on and off the mat. Yoga therapy brings the opportunity of working therapeutically with people to help bring about transformations, better health and connections. She has also taught English as a second language to adults from culturally diverse backgrounds (including refugees and people who have experienced trauma) for over 30 years and facilitates work place training.

 
 
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Moira Medalf

Moira holds a Diploma of Yoga Teaching (500hrs), is a Certified TCTSY (Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga) Facilitator (300hrs) and a Yoga Australia member

Moira aims to facilitate a caring, safe and non-judgmental space in which to offer the practice of yoga. She is committed to sharing yoga, making it accessible for each and every individual, whatever their experience. Her teaching experience has encompassed diverse groups such as refugees, seniors, and those in the criminal justice system. As a certified TCTSY Facilitator she is passionate that her clients are respected, safe and empowered in their journey of embodiment.

 
 
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Harriet Sciberras

Harriet is a Psychotherapist (MSc. Health Psychol., PGDip Psychol., B.A Political Economy & Psychol.) a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Australia Member. Harriet shares yoga as a system of wellness, with importance placed on the interplay between mental and physical health.

Harriet has a particular affinity for connecting with, and empowering young people to take charge of their relationships, bodies and minds.  She is passionate about helping to equip people with practical strategies to improve quality of life. 

 
 
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Mischa Telford

Mischa is a Senior Level 3 Registered Teacher and Member of Yoga Australia. She holds a International Association of Yoga Therapists accredited Graduate Diploma of Yoga Therapy. Mischa also has a Diploma of Remedial Massage and an Advanced Diploma of Gestalt Psychotherapy and continues her professional development in the field of “Yoga and the Traumatised Body”. She believes in a holistic person centred and relational approach to health and wellbeing.