“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 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 through various social & community projects.
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 for Freedom.
OUR OUTSTANDING YOGATHON TEACHERS
Art to Healing & Yoga for Freedom
CEO / Founder
Atira Tan is the CEO/ Founder of Art to Healing, an Australian charity assisting sex trafficked women and children globally. Over 15 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 TEDx speaker, yoga teacher, author, activist, 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, workshops and retreats internationally in Australia, Asia, Europe & South America.
Light Space Yoga
Slow Flow Yoga
Lisa has been a dedicated student of yoga for the past 20 years, a teacher for 10 years. Initially introduced to yoga through meditation, philosophy, chanting and seva (selfless service) her practice expanded to incorporate a creative, fluid and heart-centred asana practice inspired by her love and study of creative dance, music that ignites the soul and her gift for creating sacred spaces.
Lisa served on staff at international ashrams, owned a yoga studio in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, sat on the Board of Directors for a yoga-inspired Not for Profit in Melbourne, and is raising two beautiful teenage sons with her beloved husband John, her Co-Director of Illumined Enterprises Pty Limited. Her classes will uplift, inspire, challenge and ground you
Co-Founder, Yoga in Action
A fiercely passionate and soulful Colombian firecracker, Ana´s classes are a fun, sweaty and adventurous vinyasa. Over the years, Ana has dedicated her life to self-exploration through travels around the globe, strong human connection, and body movement.
From a very young age, Ana always had a deep calling to understand the body, mind connection and enjoyed being of service to others. This led her to study 3 years of pre-med and psychology and becoming a yoga teacher. With over 400 hours of yoga training including trauma-informed yoga, she´s had the opportunity to teach in various settings in Australia and internationally such as in NGOs, prison systems and studios. And has recently founded NETFIT yoga which provides tailor yoga programs to professional and amateur Netball players. Ana’s influences are based on the work of great teachers such as David Emerson, Bessel van der Kolk, and Duncan Peak. She has also studied with many teachers including Tara Judelle, Ana Forrest and Tiffany Cruikshank.
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.
Somatic Yoga Flow
Otherwise known as the Embodiment Inquisitor, Camilla Maling is a multi-disciplinary movement educator, artist & consultant based in Melbourne. As educator and movement/sonic artist, Camilla works at the intersection of art and health to promote awareness of our elemental cellular intelligence as critical to our vitality, social intelligence and to environmental & social change.
Her career over the past 15 years has seen her teach small & large-scale yoga & movement experiences to various communities. She has enjoyed; a diverse private practice in yoga/movement therapy & mentoring, work as an independent artist and in collaborative endeavors such as Ginger In Orange. & The WonderLab Project. Camilla founded and directed The Yoga Lab – a pioneering Melbourne-based yoga & movement studio 2013-2016, and has recently consulted as a movement education specialist to Smiling Mind. Camilla’s current educational work Adventures In The Field™ is a foundational part of her new business enterprise Live Particle.
Lani is a yoga teacher and social worker and has worked many years within both fields with a strong focus on women and community development. She founded two not-for-profit organisations, one providing yoga to refugee and asylum-seeker women: Cultural Yoga Project. Lani’s main trainings are in vinyasa, somachi, fertility/pre/post natal, and she currenting studies with her mentor.
More recently Lani founded Mother Nurture Yoga Well-Being Festival to bring mothers and mothers-to-be together in nature through yoga. Lani draws much inspiration from the forest where she lives and from her toddler who provide the most profound and beautiful teachings.
Founder, Sparkly Yoga
A world explorer, Mickey has spent much time traveling India and Thailand has studied Yoga from several inspiring teachers worldwide. In 2007 he graduated with a 900-hour in-depth teachers diploma and has been teaching classes and retreats. Immersed in full-time teaching, Mickey teaches Yoga styles from Vinyasa to Yin Yoga and sound healing. His style is eclectic due to his diverse experience and background, incorporating all the aspects of Yoga in a class, will challenge students physically, educate them anatomically and inspire them spiritually, always with a sense of lightness, humor, and joy.
Mickey endeavors to remind his students that whilst the practice gifts us with delightful physical and mental benefits, essentially it is the pathway back to discovering our deep inner nature of stillness and peace.
Indrani was introduced to yoga and meditation through her spiritual upbringing in the United States and has made it her life’s work to always be of service and give back to the community. Her teaching is inclusive and inquisitive, inviting students to delve into their bodies, movements, and hearts to find their way of connecting to their wholeness (body, mind spirit).
It is informed by her studies in dance, her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counselling, her yoga trainings with teachers from around the world and studies in trauma-informed practices. She has been teaching in Australia since 2015.
Siri Hari was introduced to yoga at a young age and has 15 years experience as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer. She has a joyful nature, her classes are uplifting and energetic. Her wish is to share and live these sacred teachings, she believes we need to be the change we want to see in the world.
Siri Hari has a deep calling to uplift women on their journey, she is an experienced Prenatal Yoga Teacher & Childbirth Educator. She is also a member of the Board of the Kundalini Yoga Festival Australia and Kundalini Yoga Collective Australia.
She is the organiser for Ajai Alai Awakening Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Melbourne where she teaches regular classes and workshops.
Why Yoga for Freedom?
9th September 2018
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
100% of the proceeds go to our partner charities Art to Healing and Yoga in Action, 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 survivors of torture and war.
All donations (excluding tickets) are tax-deductible.
Interested in learning more about Trauma-Informed Yoga?
Join Yoga for Freedom Founder, Atira Tan, and Gemini Adams in Yoga for Freedom’s 100 Hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training in November 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal!