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 Senior Intermediate Level 1 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.
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 classes. Robyn holds an Junior Intermediate Level 1 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.
Rachel is undertaking teacher mentoring with Simon and teaches the Sunday 5.30pm Foundations class. She first came along to the centre with a friend and was struck by the careful, systematic teaching of the Iyengar Yoga method. Rachel is a professional cellist, and the regular practice of yoga has transformed her cello playing – both physically and mentally. Rachel also works for a charity that teaches music to disadvantaged children and travels to both city and country schools drumming, singing and generally making a lot of noise.
Madison started at Marrickville Yoga Centre as the studio manager in 2016. She is currently undertaking the teacher mentoring program with Simon. Madison teaches the 6pm Wednesday Foundations class and assists in Yoga Therapy. Madison is also a theatre maker and performer in Sydney.
Dannie is undertaking teacher mentoring with Simon. She currently teaches the Saturday 11am Foundations and assists in Yoga Therapy.
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.
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