The Teaching Team

Tanya

Tanya is the Founder of True North Yoga and Co-Founder of Barossa Wellness. Her interest and professional experience in the health and wellness sector since her early 20’s culminated in a dedicated yoga practice over 12 years ago.

Tanya loves yoga for its capacity to build strength and flexibility (physically and in life) but it is the call to calm, center, shift perspective, and set or re-set the day that guides Tanya’s yoga practice.

Tanya has completed over 875hrs of certified Yoga Teacher Training including 500hrs-RYT, Pre-Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Psychology & Meditation, and two trips to India for concentrated study and practice. Tanya has also managed and assisted yoga teacher trainings with teacher training school, Shantarasa Yoga, as well as educational workshops, retreats and events.

Prior to yoga, Tanya’s professional background spanned over a decade in injury management and as a rehabilitation consultant, and she is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise & Nutrition).

The True North Yoga community, teachers, and beautiful studio space is a daily source of inspiration to Tanya for which she is grateful everyday.


Jamie

Jamie has been a professional dancer and entertainer for many years. His dance training brings a great sense of physical discipline, expansion and alignment to the practice and the entertainer within provides him with the ability to communicate aspects of Yoga with humour and also the respectful reverence the practice of Yoga requires and demands.

His classes are strong, dynamic full body workouts, a movement meditation.


Kirsty

For Kirsty, yoga has been a part of life off and on since she was a little girl, but it was guided meditation that really helped her to reconnect and breathe after severe illness, then Yoga asana followed.

Kirsty decided to dive deeper into her practise which led her to studying with Heather Agnew from Yoga Trinity, completing 300hrs in Vinyasa Yoga training. She has since gone on to complete Yin Yoga teacher training with Mel Mclaughlin.

“Why I do yoga? To keep me healthy and connected to who I am, to tune-in and tune-out so to speak. By unifying the mind, body and breath with movement we can stay focused on the present moment, ie: ourselves and what we are doing now, bringing an acute awareness to the self, while nourishing it, calming it, and learning about it along the way. Yoga is a tool box for life, if you are willing it is there for you whenever you need it to keep you healthy in mind, body and spirit.”

Kirsty’s classes bring strength and fluidity to each class, with a focus on the essence of each pose and how it feels for each individual while building on the practise of moving in unison with breath, body and mind.

Kirsty is an artist, she has a Bachelor of Design degree from Uni SA and works from her studio at home as a jewellery designer/maker and artist. Creativity is her passion.


Kate

Yoga came into Kate’s life in 2017 in Banff, Canada. She was working as a café manager and right above her workplace was a little studio called Rocky Mountain Yoga. A good friend of hers reached out and invited her to go to a class. It was in that Yin class Kate felt something ignite within herself. She practiced yin yoga, vinyasa flow, and ashtanga yoga weekly. She had found clarity and a health to her mind and body. She knew this would be not only physical practice but also a spiritual practice she would continue for years to come.

After almost three years of weekly classes Kate wanted to learn about more than just the Asana. She expressed this to her Ashtanga teacher and she recommended Yoga teacher training. Kate never thought she would teach, she just wanted to do the training to better her personal practice.

Kate moved back home in 2020 and commenced her 200-hour Teacher Training in Adelaide with Shantarasa. She also recently completed 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Adelaide with Melanie Mclaughlin. Kates love of Ashtanga also lead her to several Mysore events and workshops. Her indepth training has inspired her to teach, share and educate others on the wonderful benefits of Yoga. Kate believes yoga is for everyone, and every ability. As long as you come to your mat and practice with an open mind self-truth, you will find your place.


Tash

“My yoga journey started when I was 4 with my grandma on visits to the Barossa.

She went to yoga lessons in her black leotard and stockings each week and she would let me come if I was quiet. They are vivid memories. She was very religious so I look back on this as being a progressive practice to follow in the Barossa, in the 1970’s.

Fast forward to my early 30’s when my babies were, well…. babies! A friend started her teacher training, so I was a welcome guinea pig. That was 20 years ago, and my practice has ebbed and flowed during this time as life gave me time to practice.

I was 50 this year and my children and life is self-sufficient enough to leave me space to do something for myself, so I chose yoga and completed my teacher training with ‘Yoga Here and There’ in Aldinga. The training has broadened all my thoughts and given me a path that I think I will be on for the next 50 years. I believe there is a style of yoga to benefit everyone so I hope I can assist a few people at least on that path.

Ashtanga is my class to teach early on Tuesday mornings in the radiant True North Yoga studio just as the rising sun lights up the studio walls, it’s the best way to start the day. Ashtanga is a set series of yoga poses that allow you to build strength and flexibility while really tuning into your body, come and try!”


Siobhan

In Siobhan’s own journey, she has had the experience of feeling held through her yoga practice and having completed Yoga Teacher Training, it is an honour for her to hold space for others through nurturing yoga classes.

Being held in such a space has allowed Siobhan to experience a softening of her heart in a most beautiful way, and she finds such joy offering nurturing gentle yoga flow suitable for all levels of experience. Aligning gentle, intentional movement with the breath, embodying softness and opening and unfolding into grace.

Outside of teaching, Siobhan has a deep love for gardening and being amongst nature and continuing to learn about the deeper philosophical aspects of the practice of yoga.

Join Siobhan at True North Yoga for a nourishing and nurturing gentle yoga practice.