Cora is an ERYT – 500 yoga teacher, and the owner of Slow Yoga. She has been teaching yoga classes, sold-out workshops, mindful yoga & meditation retreats and private yoga sessions – full time since for the last 7 years. In 2015 Cora created and taught the first Slow Yoga Teacher Training – and graduated 14 wonderful students. Cora has amassed more than 4000 hours of teaching experience, in Canada, America and Australia. Cora first came to yoga in an effort to manage her anxiety, and has been practicing yoga for over a decade. In the yoga world, Cora has studied with Sarah Powers, Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson, Frank Jude Boccio, Bernie Clark, Sadie Nardini, and Richard Miller – among many others. Cora teaches strong and slow hatha – vinyasa classes, deep, introspective yin yoga and insightful meditation & yoga nidra.
On a bigger level Cora’s passion lies at the intersection of western psychology, eastern spirituality and sustainability. At the age of 18 Cora began her study of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, and graduated at 24 with a BA in Psych. In 2014 , Cora became a life coach after training with Julie Parker, Rachel MacDonald and Melissa Ambrosini of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy. She weaves this passion and understanding of the mind and wisdom traditions into the study and practice of yoga philosophy, energetic anatomy, yoga asana and through her writing. Cora’s work and writing has been featured in numerous well known sources; such as Inspired Coach Magazine, Elephant Journal, The Lululemon Blog, The Wellness Project, The 21- Day Meditation Project, The Loving Earth Blog and countless other publications. Cora is also an ambassador for Lululemon and a faculty member for the Level 2 Teacher Training at Qi Health & Yoga in Manly.
Anatomy & Physiology
Liz has been teaching yoga and working as a physiotherapist for over 15 years.Having my early physiotherapy career in the hospital system, then moving into private practice where I have remained, I’ve worked with people in a huge variety of settings, both in a hands on treatment capacity and teaching yoga to clients.
My yoga teaching began at 21, when I enthusiastically started classes at the hospital for staff on site. Formal training began in Sydney, in 2004, with a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy.
After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, I moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Michael De Manincor at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I began teaching Anatomy and Physiology to yoga teacher trainees in 2006.
Liz’s Anatomy and Physiology module for Yoga Village is experiential and practical, oriented towards the questions of “what are we doing in this pose, why and what can we do for the safety of ourselves and our students.” By linking what we need to know of the anatomy of the different joints and systems with visual and kinaesthetic practice in class, my intention is for students to know and embody a deeper understanding of the wisdom of the body. Understand what can prevent and alleviate physical issues. Then, as teachers, you will be able to communicate safe and meaningful knowledge to your students.
To learn more about Liz, visit her website Yoga Essentia
Pranayama, Modifications & Pregnancy
Jess began practicing yoga as one of her many after school activities as a child, she then came back to yoga from a different perspective during an intense period of illness as a young teenager, since then yoga has remained a big part of her life, managing several yoga schools and becoming a yoga teacher in 2008.
Jess is a qualified RYT 500 teacher in Hatha, vinyasa, restorative, Yin, Jivamukti and kids yoga, she has studied with a wide number of Australian and international teachers including Donna Farhi (yoga therapy), Mother Maya (Ayurveda and pranayama), Sharron Gannon and David Life (Jivamukti yoga) Sarah Powers (Yin yoga and meditation) to name just a few of the inspiring teachers she has met along the way.
Jess is also an internationally acclaimed artists and brings this vibrancy to her classes, which are fun and inclusive with a focus on gathering tools for a happy life.
To learn more about Jess, visit her website Jess Olivieri Art
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Karen did not think anything would change when she started practising yoga – isn’t it just stretching with a dash of closed eye chanting? While Karen began practising in her late teens and yoga was profoundly life changing she decided, perhaps predictably, to ignore this and become a lawyer. Volunteering at community legal centres from her early twenties, Karen was committed to working with asylum seekers and women experiencing domestic violence. It was during a client interview with a women affected by multiple trauma that Karen realised she wasn’t facilitating healing or supporting long term empowerment. Looking for a way to make a meaningful difference to survivors of trauma led her to becoming a yoga teacher in 2015.
Karen now runs her own yoga business in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Her trauma informed work has grown over the last 12 months as she has worked with mental health services, survivors of sexual assault and clients living with PTSD. She has presented on the topic and is currently working on the integration of trauma informed yoga into 200hr teacher training in Australia and the development of a yoga based child abuse prevention program.
To learn more about Karen – visit her website
21st Century Yogi