Our Teachers and Musicians 2017-09-20T11:07:46+00:00

 “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”

― T.K.V. Desikachar

We have an inspiring group of teachers and musicians who are strongly committed to making a meaningful difference in the world, and are truly living their yoga out in the community as love in action.

These teachers are a vital link in the beautiful Yogathon Community and provide support for you, as mentors, and teachers.

You can practice and build your stamina for the Yogathon while also sharing with a like-minded group of inspired yogis creating change in the world. Join one of your teachers today in a class near you!

We are very grateful to our teachers and musicians for Freedom.



CEO/ Founder

Art to Healing & Yoga for Freedom

Atira Tan is the CEO/ Founder of Art to Healing, an Australian charity assisting sex trafficked women and children globally. Over 12 years, she has set up numerous yoga, art therapy, women’s health and trauma informed programs, from the refugee camps in Burma, to the slums of Nepal. Atira is an international TED X speaker, yoga teacher, author, art therapist & facilitator. Atira continually inspires others to be leaders: loving, healing and empowering each other so as to create powerful and positive social change on the planet. She does this tirelessly through her trauma – informed therapeutic work with Art to Healing, and teaches yoga teacher trainings and retreats worldwide.




Power Vinyasa

Power Living Yoga

A fiercely passionate and soulful teacher, Cassie teaches a sweaty, fun mash-up of strong, alignment based vinyasa. Be prepared to move all the way through your skin down to your heart, led all the while by solid intelligent sequencing and clear and direct instruction.

Cassie has studied with many incredible teachers, primarily her main teacher and friend, Patrick Creelman, who has greatly influenced her ‘wild yet steady’ style. She has also had the pleasure of studying with many other renown teachers including John Friend, Sarah Powers, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae and Baron Baptiste.



Ashtanga Yoga

Co-founder Taro Yoga

Christy has been practising yoga for over 15 years with her beginnings in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. She trained and studied yoga at Moksana Yoga in British Columbia Canada in 2010 while finishing her studies in Health Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Christy has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 6 years in Melbourne and also practises Karma Yoga with Cultural Yoga Project, as the Volunteer Coordinator. Christy is passionate about yoga as a means to heal the body through physical discipline, self-reflection and continued growth.




Hatha Yoga

Director of Dance of Life Yoga

Johannes has been teaching yoga for the last 16 years and has been the Director of the Dance of Life Yoga studio since 2009. He has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha, Power Flow (Vinyasa) and Bikram.

His versatility and experience is reflected in his ability to create inspirational and dynamic classes with a solid foundation. In supporting safe practice while also challenging growth and development, Johannes focuses on attention to detail, precise alignment and effective use of the breath.



Adventures in the Field

Director The Yoga Lab

Camilla Maling is a multi-disciplinary movement practitioner, educator & therapist. She is the Founder & Director of The Yoga Lab in Melbourne and has been teaching yoga since 2005. She has an established private consultation practice in movement education, therapeutics and philosophy.

Camilla is fascinated by human beings and being human. Synthesizing over 20 years research & work in movement, yoga, improvisation and sound design, Camilla facilitates experiences to grow our understanding of what and how we are. This ‘knowing’, she believes, is critical to our personal and collective vitality and sustainability.



Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini House

With a background in community development, Nancy is a devoted practitioner of yoga who teaches because her own practice ignited a deep desire to inspire growth, self-knowing and personal responsibility in others. She deeply believes that yoga is a tool to bring us home to ourselves. A teacher of both Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga, Nancy is also a crystal singing bowl Sound Healer.

Alongside teaching, Nancy is the creator of White Yoga, an ethical yogi’s clothing line that specialises in yoga clothing made from natural fibres.




Slow Flow Vinyasa

Co-Owner Gertrude St Yoga

Hannah’s first exposure to yoga was at a very young age, and she is forever grateful for such an early introduction to a practice that has so greatly shaped her life.

After practicing yoga for many years Hannah was drawn to complete her yoga teacher training out of a yearning for greater connection, understanding, and self-exploration. Hannah currently calls Melbourne home and co-owns Gertrude Street Yoga Studio with her husband Jaspah.

Hannah combines a powerful fluidity with an emphasis on cultivating authenticity, creativity, and awareness of self in her classes. Yoga has been a lifelong practice that she is deeply appreciative of, and continually grateful to be able to share with others.



Yin Yoga

Ohana Yoga

Jennifer has been at the forefront of Yin Yoga in Australia, teaching Melbourne’s first Yin classes and leading Yin Teacher Training in Australia and internationally. Before Jennifer moved to Australia, she was a documentary filmmaker.  Frequently, her work contacted brave women fighting for the health and safety of their communities. Often these women had been traumatised, be it sex trafficking in Asia or domestic violence in the United States. In a sense, sitting with them was Jennifer’s first experience of yoga. Finding purpose in the aftermath of trauma was part of the healing process for the women she was privileged to work with.  Seeking and moving towards purpose is what keeps her returning to yoga, and what she explores in her classes.




Pranayama, Meditation & Yoga Nidra

Founder Yoga for Nepal

Katie Amrita has been practicing yoga for 22 years in a variety of meditative and yogic traditions internationally, and is a certified yoga teacher with the ISHTA system. Her innovative teaching methods are greatly influenced by her experimental arts practice as well as long term yoga mentor Clive Sheridan.

Katie is adept at translating the classical teachings into a modern context, integrating the practices of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Philosophy and the tradition of Self Inquiry into to her classes. She is also the founder of Yoga for Nepal, which raised more than $20,000 for the Nepal earthquake recovery in 2015.


Why Yoga for Freedom?

23rd September 2017

Yogathon for Freedom

8 am – 5.30 pm

8 hours of non-stop yoga

1 day of uniting to end sex slavery.

Drill Hall, Multicultural Hub (opp Queen Vic Markets)

26 Therry Street 3004 Melbourne CBD

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Born into one of India’s greatest flute-playing families, award-winning bansuri (flute) virtuoso Vinod Prasanna shines as an outstanding performer of authentic traditional and contemporary Indian music. Vinod’s emotive melodies, exquisite improvisations and divine flute song distinguish his performance of Indian classical, world and meditation music. Simply, Indian music at its finest.

Currently residing in Australia, Vinod is a performing and recording artist, teacher, craftsman and ambassador of the Bansuri. Vinod has more than 17 years of performing and teaching experience and continues a family legacy that celebrates more than two-and-a-half centuries of Indian music.



Sun Hyland’s greatest musical passion is to create spaces that help make the joy of singing accessible to all. Inspired by the likes of Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur and Jai Uttal, Sun brings together traditional mantras with a contemporary musical styles and original uplifting melodies.

Over the last 5 years he has hosted chanting events and singing workshops at festivals and venues around Melbourne and internationally. Author of the vegetarian cookbook “Loving Good Food”, Sun is also passionate about conscious food, well-known for his New Earth Catering business, at numerous wellbeing festivals.



Mel’s music is steeped in the evocatively spiritual genre of Kirtan. Her music has become a celebration of the soul, stepping away from the somewhat ceremonial themes of Kirtan to create her own interpretation; a gently contemporary yet profoundly emotional experience.

Inspired by Kirtan but with the richly abundant flavours of world and folk music, she has developed a style infused with orchestral undertones, subtly Middle-Eastern nuances, Latin-inspired guitar, all bound by velvet harmonies and lyrics that reach deep within the listener, heard not by the ears but by the heart.



Chakradhyan is an international kirtanist, musician, teacher, the founder of the Chant Yoga – Kirtan and Sound Meditation School, and the Chant & Chai Cartel in Melbourne. He teaches and leads kirtan throughout Australasia.

Chakradhyan’s focus is on connecting the public to the aspects of yoga that are beyond just the physical practices of yoga postures so popular in the west today. The yogic practices of mantra, chanting, kirtan and meditation awaken us to the more subtle aspects of bliss (ananda) and peace (shanti) which is truly attainable through a full yoga practice.


Why Kirtan for Freedom?

23rd September 2017

Kirtan for Freedom

7 – 9.30 pm

Drill Hall, Multicultural Hub (opp Queen Vic Markets)

26 Therry Street 3004 Melbourne CBD

Buy Kirtan Tickets

 100% of the proceeds go to our partner charities Art to Healing and the Melbourne Cultural Yoga Project, putting an end to the torture and abuse inflicted on women and girls by the sex slave industry throughout India and Nepal and therapeutic yoga programs for female refugees and asylum seekers.

All donations (excluding tickets) are tax-deductible.

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