Your training faculty are acknowledged experts in their field, all with international experience and many years experience in training, education and yoga.
Together we have trained many of the best yoga teachers now working around the Northern Beaches and Sydney!
Mark O’Brien has been teaching yoga since 1996. Born in England, he moved to Australia and left a successful career in advertising to open Qi Health & Yoga in Sydney in 2001 with a vision to inspire others to lead a vital, healthy and happy life.
He has since become one of Sydney’s in-demand teachers and leads regular retreats, workshops and trainings locally and internationally. He holds Senior Membership of Yoga Australia and served 5 years on its National Executive and recognised as a Registered Yoga Mentor. Mark designed this course and is looking forward to leading it for its 15th year and to sharing the profound wisdom of yoga with sincere students.
Mark had a strong meditation practice before graduating from the “Heart of Yoga” teacher-training with Karen Schaeffer and Mark Breadner and Mark Whitwell, (based on the approach of TKV Desikachar). He has since trained with many respected yoga teachers including further in-depth study with both TKV Desikachar and his son Kausthub Desikachar. Mark continues to study elements of Tantra and Hatha yoga. His current teacher over many years is the inspiring Donna Farhi.
With a diploma in Remedial Massage and a background in meditation and somatic therapy, he remains in awe of the joyful way that skillful physical movement and attention to the breath can dramatically improve our moods, energy, health and outlook on the physical world. Flexibility – or lack of it – is of little importance in this approach, which is open to anyone who can breathe and sincerely wants to improve their life.
Joan Miller brings a wealth of yoga experience and training to the course. She trained widely in the US graduating from the 650 hour Phoenix-Rising yoga training and the Kripalu teacher training courses in 2000, and has assisted Donna Farhi on several of her training courses and retreats.
She brings a warm, human empathy to her teaching, a deep knowledge of the human body and psyche and is passionate about working with her students. Joan is also a qualified Pilates teacher and Reiki Master!
Joan is back for her 15th year on the Qi teacher training program.
Tracy’s love of yoga began in 2004. When she started yoga, she admits she was mostly looking for a physical challenge. That was until the moment when she lifted her heart to the sky, grinned and realized there was SO much more to it!
She believes in making yoga accessible to everyone and uses her joyful, nurturing nature to do just that. A proud anatomy nerd she shares the wonders of the human body by leading the Anatomy & Physiology modules on the course.
Maurice is a free spirit, a passionate surfer and devoted yogi. He graduated from the prestigious Qi Hatha Yoga Diploma in 2005 and now teaches full-time as he continues his studies in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with the legendary Eileen Hall. One of our most popular teachers at Qi in Ashtanga, Hatha, Restorative yoga and Ayurveda, he now lives in Northern NSW but returns regularly to lead yoga intensives and teach on our teacher training diploma.
We also draw on several other specialised teachers to supplement the workshops in term 4 or on other topics as required.
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