Simon Joannou is a full time yoga teacher, and the principal teacher at the centre. Simon studies in Pune, India with the Iyengar family on a yearly basis and was trained by Pixie Lillas. In 2015 Simon completed a three year Course with Stephanie Quirk in Therapeutic Yoga that informs his therapy work and general classes. Simon is a Junior Intermediate Level 3 certified Iyengar Teacher.
Hasu Opa Clark trained with Pixie Lillas and continues her professional development with Pixie and Simon Joannou and continues to work through the mentorship program with Stephanie Quirk. Hasu regularly studies with the Iyengar family in Pune, India . Hasu assists in the Yoga Therapy class on Thursdays. Hasu is a Junior Intermediate Level 1 certified Iyengar Teacher ,founding teacher of the centre, a full time yoga teacher and a mum to 2 children.
Matina was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 1995 while living in Byron Bay(of course!). Feeling the instant benefits such as mental clarity, improved posture and correct physical alignment. Living in the local area when Marrickville Yoga Centre first opened (in 2007), Matina started coming to classes regularly as a student. Not long after, with Simon Joannou’s encouragement she made the decision to study Teacher Training with Pixie Lillas in 2008 . Matina has taught adult and children’s classes since 2009 at Marrickville Yoga Centre and assists in the Centre’s specialised therapy class. She receives continued guidance and mentoring from Simon Joannou to explore and challenge her own practice and grow as a teacher. She also attends professional teacher development workshops with Pixie Lillas. Matina is a Introductory Level 2 certified Iyengar Teacher.
Sue Gock started Iyengar Yoga at Marrickville Yoga Centre in 2007. From the outset Sue was drawn to the intensity, depth and challenge of Iyengar Yoga.To deepen her study of yoga, Sue commenced Teacher Training with Simon Joannou in 2012 and attends teacher development with him. Sue has also studied with Geeta Iyengar in Australia. Sue passed her Introductory Level 2 certification. Sue teaches General classes at the Centre and assists in the Yoga Therapy class.
Robyn is a dedicated, steady and long term practitioner and student of the Centre. Robyn assists the Yoga Therapy class on Thursdays and teaches a number of General and Beginners classes. Robyn holds an Introductory Level 2 certification and continues to work through the mentorship program with Stephanie Quirk. Robyn also studies with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. During the week, Robyn works as a speech pathologist and researcher.
For over three decades, June has been teaching health and fitness, starting her career in 1983. During her 30 years career span in the industry, June has been a dance choreographer, fitness consultant to corporations, and co-owner and director of one of Sydney’s leading fitness centre and was the longest serving team member on Aerobics Oz Style. June embraced Yoga over 20 years ago and completed her teacher training with Pixie Lillas. She holds an Introductory Level 2 Iyengar yoga certification. June regularly covers classes at The Centre.
Ash is a dedicated student of the centre and has attained her Introductory Level 2 Certification. Ash teaches beginners classes on Wednesday and Sunday and General classes on Friday and Sunday.
Some of our Teachers of the Centre after a last practice with Petra, a dear friend and previous teacher at MYC that has now moved to Germany.
Iyengar Yoga is derived from the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. His teachings are a unique and contemporary interpretation of classical Hatha Yoga as defined in the 2000 year old text The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Iyengar yoga distinguishes itself from other styles of yoga by:
- Placing an emphasis on precise, detailed teaching instruction. This attention to detail aims to bring the body into healthy alignment – whilst bringing the mind into harmony with the physical body.
- The use of props (such as blankets, cushions, belts etc), aimed at making yoga accessible and safe for all body types and ages, irrespective of ailment or injury.
- Ensuring rigorous standards of accreditation and teacher training